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City Lore

New York, New York

Founded in 1985, City Lore is New York City's center for urban folk culture, and the first urban folkore center in the United States. Its mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. City Lore encompasses a Lower East Side gallery space, performances, lectures, the People's Hall of Fame, a POEMobile that projects poems onto walls and buildings, and programs throughout the five boroughs. City Lore documents, presents, and advocates for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We work in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts education; and grassroots poetry traditions. In each, it seeks to further cultural equity and model a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.