The Clemente (CSV)

Cultural Center in The Lower East Side area

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The Clemente or the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (CSV), a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit, was founded in 1993. The CSV Cultural Center is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While CSV's mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.

The 53 visual artists with studios in the building are predominantly non-Hispanic. They are practicing artists with professional careers, creating new works in their studios, exhibiting in commercial galleries and museums and often teaching in schools and universities across the city and region.

CSV continues to be the home to sixteen performing arts and educational organizations – 13 are resident groups (with designated space in the Center) and three are affiliated organizations that use the Center's facility for rehearsals, creative development and FREE public performances. These are flourishing companies that are enhancing the artistic and cultural life of New York City through their diverse educational workshops and public performances.

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Opening hours

From 15:30 to 19:00


Venue may charge entrance fee on a per-event basis.


Address: 107 Suffolk St., New York, NY 10002
Phone: 212-260-4080

Between Rivington and Delancey Sts. Subway: J/M/Z/F to Essex Street

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