Together we share our cultures and create better communities.
RTP joined forces with the Chinatown Partnership to create a community engagement project celebrating the Lunar New Year of 2023. Working with senior citizens at the Open Door Senior Center and the Trinity Commons Compassion Market, RTP organized 8 workshops. Together we created 700 lanterns which are now installed over the streets of Chinatown! If you are in NYC – please check them out on Elizabeth and Mott Streets (north of Canal), as well as East Broadway and Division. We are grateful to the artist I-Chen Wang, who created the rabbit images as well as the Chinese characters (福 壽 吉 春) and a Yiddish word מאַזל for “Good Luck”, and to Hester Zheng who coordinated all the workshops, as well as Jenny Romaine/Great Small Works, Nicole Ulloa, and Coco Huang for their participation. As a part of RTP's effort to continue fostering cross-cultural communications, the inclusion of Yiddish was inspired by the shared history, streets, trade, and many other commonalities between the Chinese and Yiddish immigrant cultures of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
Workshops at Open Door Senior Center and Trinity Commons Compassion Market (Read more about it!)
Lanterns hung over streets and storefronts in Manhattan Chinatown.
This window display at 12 Pell St. features our laundry from Little Amal and pictures of community members who participated in lantern-making workshops.