The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St. Utica, New York, is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing space for community-based and community-informing initiatives. Events include lectures, performances, media, classes and discussion groups, in arts and humanities, environmental awareness, sustainability, food, global issues, holistic health, Western wisdom traditions, peace and justice, and practical knowledge and skills.
The Other Side began in February 2007 as a community gathering-space in the uptown neighborhood of Utica. Inspired and organized by Kim Domenico, co-proprietor of Café Domenico, a family business next door, The Other Side furthers the general project of community-building that the café has offered to South Utica since 2002, expanding and building upon the café culture that thrives next door.
The Other Side offers its space to people in the community for a wide variety of events. In addition to sponsoring its own musical, cultural, and social events, The Other Side is available to members of the community who wish to rent it for yoga classes, musical gatherings, craft fairs, used-record sales, meditation groups, reading groups, and the like.
One particular ambition of The Other Side is to restore, at least in Utica, the Lyceum movement of the 19th century, which brought scholarly presentations and intellectual vigor to communities across the United States, perhaps most famously in western New York’s Chautauqua Institute.