Manhattan, lower east side, cultural institution, Nativity Mission Center, education, performance
"Rather than trying to distribute culture to the masses, the cultural institution shall be a place where the masses educate one another about culture. Thinking about institutions as 'arenas for cultures of the world' better serves urban life than an institution that is simply a dusty bank of memories. The aim of the institution should be to stimulate cultural dialogue which will better serve the American City. By changing the purpose, the end result is now attainable. Education and inspiration of the masses is achieved through a new urban condition: one that promotes interaction and understanding between cultural spheres."
Rodarmor, Monica, "Rethinking Cultural Institutions in Relation to the City" (2006). Architecture Thesis Prep. Paper 13.