Tribes is a legendary non-profit organization that has been a part of the Lower East Side community for twenty years. The owner, Steve Cannon, is ironically blind, and opened it as a publishing house. Tribes was conceived as a venue for underexposed artists, as well as a networking center and locus for the development of new talent. Housed in a historic federal house built by the founder of The Nation magazine, (Hamilton Fish), Tribes is located on East 3rd Street between Avenues C and D.
The space houses administrative offices, a gallery, and a salon where artists of all kinds can drop in and connect with each other and the organization.
Tribes reflects and celebrates the fluidity and diversity of contemporary society. Tribesí audience comprises every possible ethnic group, age group, religion and income level. The artists Tribes serves are similarly diverse. Tribes not only serves various communities, it actually creates a community. Artists bring their own audiences to Tribes for their events, where they meet and interact with Tribesí larger audience.