The University of the Streets, Inc. advocates for known and unknown artists in the NYC/metropolitan area as well as by providing a venue for visiting artists from around the world. U.O.T.S. Inc. works for the people we serve by helping them to grow and succeed as individuals by providing our members with Arts Training, Arts and Theater support and Community Space for Performance Arts related staging in order to empower and assist the continuance of artists' work in a high energy, informed and diverse world class atmosphere. We envision and construct our schedule of events and programs so as to effectively support a comprehensive range of ages, views and lifestyles. Our goal is to be a leader in delivering programs and instruction by which all economic ranges within our community are provided the means to interact and grow by supplying the tools and opportunity to develop, perform and exhibit their talents within an arts-supportive environment that changes lives positively and helps individuals reach their full potential.
The University of the Streets was incorporated in 1969 as a non-profit educational organization, spearheaded by Muhammad Salahuddeen. Over the past 40 years U.O.T.S. has been committed to addressing the educational, vocational and cultural needs of the community. Initially, U.O.T.S was launced to help "deprived" youngsters break out of a hopeless proverty-cycle, although, the target population has expanded with respect to age, and diversity, over the years due to historical and economic impact. In the past 40 years countless lives have been turned around. Many of our graduates have gone on to achieve amazing successes, a fact in which we take considerable pride. We, at U.O.T.S., have also gained a wealth of varied and challenging experience; experience which has taught us many valuable lessons about educating young people. U.O.T.S. continues a forerunner in establishing innovative approaches to teaching.
Great venue for affordable music in the Lower East Side