Come Roar with Us!

ROAR will take place in Chinatown and the Lower East Side in the summer of 2022! Every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, we’ll be in Sara D. Roosevelt Park with activities, programs and classes for the whole family. Pop in for an art workshop or a sunset yoga class, take a walking tour of Chinatown, or watch live performances by the gardens.

All programs are FREE to attend, no registration, and are offered in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Spanish!



12pm–1pmZumbaA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundInfinite Movement
12pm–2pmFamily Art WorkshopA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundFABnyc
12pm–2pmProject SunflowerC. West side front plot next to the Hua Mei Bird GardenSara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
1pm–2pmThe CONBODY WorkoutA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundCONBODY
2pm–3pmPop Up PerformancesA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundTBD
3pm–4pmStoryTelling with YukoB. The M’Finda Kalunga GardenUntapped Storytellers
3pm–4pmDance with Simon-Jiao Yi Wu in SummertimeA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundTBD


12pm–1pmTraditional Chinese MusicA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundMencius Society for the Arts
12pm–2pmHealing Movement and Protecting YourselfA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundBKind b0ne
1pm–3pmKids’ Soccer ClinicA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundStreet Soccer USA
2pm–3pmSupport Group: Trauma to TriumphsB. The M’Finda Kalunga GardenBKind b0ne
3pm–4pmFiesta with Flor!A. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundFlor Bromley
4pm–5pmRefresh and Relax YogaE. Lion’s Gate FieldMaisah Hargett


Visit our Info Booth on Rivington Street inside the park all summer long to gain information about the festival and participate in fun activities throughout Chinatown and the Lower East Side!


Family Association: A Soundwalk by George Tsz-Kwan Lam

“Family Association” is a soundwalk experience that uses collected oral history recordings from five members of the Chinese-American community who are connected to NYC. Using GPS technology, listeners will hear interviewees’ memories of their extended families, how their families emigrated to the United States, and whom they imagine their ancestors to be. “Family Association” embeds these recordings within the sites of five historic “family associations” in Chinatown. As listeners approach these locations in Chinatown, the speech gradually becomes more whole, recalling the way in which these micro-communities have helped generations of Chinese-Americans to both reconstruct and reconnect with their past.

小吃 “Snack” Food Scavenger Hunt!

Festival-goers can come to the info booth to receive a “Little Bites” bingo card!: listing 15 participating restaurants in the L.E.S./Chinatown area. Participants who visit all 15 places by August 26th, purchase at least $5 of food, and turn in their completed card will receive a ROAR T shirt (while supplies last!)

Museum Mania!

New York is home to many cultural institutions that showcase the kaleidoscope of human experiences and the breadth of the human imagination – it’s one of the things that makes our city special. Stop by the ROAR info booth for free passes to the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, sign up for a complimentary tour of the Tenement Museum, and learn about other free events and offerings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side all summer long!

ROAR Prize Wheel!

ROAR with US! Share a photo from ROAR on social media, and spin our prize wheel to win some ROAR swag! Prizes include tee shirts, tattoos, wristbands, and coupons from local businesses!

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6 & B Garden

On October 13th, Sunday, our W2 students volunteered at 6 & B Garden. After the volunteer work, they enjoyed coffee and mint water prepared by the garden. Thank you so much for hosting us, Barbara!

The students learned about the garden while walking around and listening to Barbara and Michael.

The students raked leaves, swept and picked up garbage on the streets around the garden, and cleaned the kids’ play area by digging the soil with shovels and moving the soil in a wheelbarrow to the pond. They also gathered leaves and sawed and cut tree branches and twigs to compost.


A bee was working hard, too.

Have you ever seen purple peppers? They were so exotic!

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M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

A few days ago a few 3A and 3P students volunteered at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden just around the block. They raked leaves, they shoveled dirt, they planted and watered plants, they fed fish and turtles, and they played bocce ball. Thanks to Park Warden Bob Humber (pictured in the back row left) for hosting us! To learn more about the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden click here, and enjoy more pictures below:



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Open Arts LES

This year is the inaugural year of Open Arts LES!

Celebrate Lower East Side arts and culture October 4-12, through neighborhood-wide open house events!

This is your opportunity to check out 45 participating organizations based from East 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Each one is offering a free ‘sampler’ event which include performances, exhibits, tours, workshops, classes, and curator talks. In addition, many are offering special discounts during Open Arts LES.

Explore the world-renowned institutions, vibrant community hubs, and unique small arts organizations that together make up one of the most adventurous and creative neighborhoods in New York City.

Click here to read more.

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