1. We're HIRING!:  People's LES Project Coordinator 
2Get READY for Lower East Side History Month
3FABnyc Membership: STILL OPEN for 2019
4Stay Tuned: Culture Week 2019
5. Events and Programs in the LES and Beyond!
6. Opportunities 

1. We're HIRING!: People's LES Project Coordinator  

Videographer Antigona Gonzales and muralist Raul Ayala at installation of “LES Resistance and Resilience”, a People’s LES project, at GOLES
To more fully represent the experiences of immigrant residents, The People's LES is working to expand contributions by immigrant groups, record seniors' stories, and increase language access. We are looking for a bilingual or multilingual Project Coordinator (Spanish or Cantonese) to help with archiving sessions, workshops, and recording interviews with seniors.

The position would focus on capturing immigrant stories and helping make them available to the public via the People’s LES website.

10hr/wk, flexible.
Please send cover letter and resume to Dakota Scott, The People’s LES Project Director at dakota@fabnyc.org with the subject line “YOUR NAME – People’s LES Project Coordinator”
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2. Get Ready for Lower East Side History Month! 

May is Lower East Side History Month! 

Lower East Side History Month, now in its 6th year, celebrates our community's rich, diverse history -- connecting our past to our present, exploring how our history can inform our future.
Each year in May, Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses and residents create a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities. All events take place in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida. Key events include LES Community Hero Awards and LES Stories: Chalk the LES!
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3. FABnyc Membership: STILL OPEN! 

FABnyc Membership Application is STILL OPEN for 2019! 

FAB supports 40+ member organizations through community forums, topical gatherings, professional development, workshops, peer shares, and advocacy.

If you are an LES-Based organization and would like to join our membership network please fill out our Membership Application. 

We offer Full and Affiliate membership.  Dues are on a sliding scale.  
  • Full Membership is for nonprofit cultural and community groups with a primary office and/or programs in the neighborhood, which have been in existence a minimum of 2 years, and can document active programming.  
  • Affiliate Membership is for community based organizations, local institutions, and small businesses
Click below for more info and the application form.
Membership Info & Application

4. Stay Tuned: Culture Week 2019

FAB will be organizing the first "Culture Week in the LES" to take place in October 2019.  We will host an open info session on March 21 for cultural groups interested in participating (4pm, Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street.)  Save the date and look for more news coming soon!

5. Events + Programs in LES and Beyond!

In Conversation: Eli Reed and Alex Harsley
February 9 | 3:30pm
Magnum Foundation 
59 East 4th Street NY NY 10003
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Member Org
Magnum Foundation is fortunate to call home to the same block as the 4th Street Photo Gallery, a vital space founded in 1973 for bringing together a community of Black photographers in New York’s East Village. They are pleased to welcome long-time friends, Alex Harsley, owner and founder of the 4th Street Photo Gallery, and Eli Reedesteemed Magnum photographer and Magnum Foundation board member, for an afternoon discussion. Come listen to these two legends share stories and engage in candid conversation.

The conversation will be moderated by Magnum Foundation’s Noelle Flores Théard.

Sex Tape 
February 15 | 7:30pm 
Dixon Place 
161A Chrystie Street NY, NY 10002
Member Org
This performance is Part 2 in a longer work entitled Manifesto, about power, care and gender — where Revlock recreates moments in her life but shifts the focus by removing the man, who is replaced with a long-time female friend.
In the midst of #metoo, SEX TAPE physicalizes and brings into the public sphere an image of care and a positive representation of touch.


Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration 
February 16 | 4pm
Abrons Arts Center 
466 Grand Street NY NY 10002
More Info & RSVP
Member Org

Abrons Arts Center, Wing on Wo’s W.O.W Project, and Yellow Jackets Collective bring in the “Year of the Pig” with a celebration for the Lower East Side community. Join for live performances, art activities, karaoke, DJ sets and refreshments from local restaurants.

Sickness + Heath 
open until February 17
ABC No Rio (in exile) 
Bullet Space/ 292 Gallery: 292 East 3rd,  NY NY 10003
More Info FREE
Member Org
Examining illness, disease and decay, prophylaxis, cure and vitality.

Featuring: Damali Abrams, Shay Arick, Kat Cope, Eliot Daughtry, Kriss De Jong, Fly, Vandana Jain, Sarah Julig, Colleen Maria, Joshua Peters, Mark Power, Kelly Savage, Chanika Svetvilas, Johnny Thornton, Ian Wilson
Art in the Garden: Painting Ceramic Tiles
February 20 | 5:30- 7:30pm 
The Loisaida Center 
710 East 9th Street NY, NY 10009
Member Org

Make beautiful ceramic tiles to bring art to your garden! This workshop is the first of two parts. Led by artists Alejandro Epifanio Juan of Loisaida, Inc. and ceramic specialist Essye Klempner, participants will paint ceramic tiles during this class and pick up their fired tiles from the GreenThumb office at a later date. The second part will be held in the spring where we will install our new decorative ceramic tiles in gardens through mosaic paver stones and other options.

Space is limited*. 

Everyone is Present: Terry Kurgan  and Oluremi Onabanjo in Conversation
February 27 | 6:30pm
Magnum Foundation 
59 East 4th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
Join Magnum Foundation in celebration of Terry Kurgan's newly published Everyone is Present, a collection of essays—drawn from a personal archive of photographs and documents—that are part memoir, part travelogue, part analysis, and demonstrate her sophisticated understanding of photography, a medium that has long engaged her as an artist.

Terry will be joined in conversation by Oluremi Onabanjo, a curator and scholar of photography and the arts of Africa. Books will be available for signing and purchase.
February 22- March 3
Teatro Circulo 
64 East 4th Street NY NY 10003
More Info & Tickets 
Member Org
esensoria is a journey to discover the essence of flamenco through the five senses. 

esensoria was conceived by internationally renowned Flamenco artists: bailaores María de los Ángeles and Ryan Rockmore
La MaMa Meet-Up
February 27
La MaMa 
66 East 4th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
Meet-Ups give artists the opportunity to meet La MaMA curators and talk about their work.

Simply reserve a time to speak with the staffer in charge of programming for your area of interest. Tell them why you want to work at La MaMa, and show them who you are! Please bring your portfolio and/or resume with supporting materials.
Sistah Celebration 
February 23 | 6pm
WOW Cafe Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street #4  NY NY 10003
More Info & Tickets
Member Org

For Black History Month, Comedy with a Purpose presents Sistah Celebration: Music, monologues, comedy, poetry & more!  Afterparty & complimentary snacks!

With: Nicole Junior, Dr. Duncan, Nicky Sunshine, Brandy Heyman, Kim Weston Moran, Velvet Toi, Dietra Kelsey, She She, Kim Seabrook, CeCe Suazo, Rhonda Hansome, Miss Bomba Claudie, Pamela Hamilton, and Winter Lee Holland !

Whose Vestiges Subsist
open until March 2
The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street, 1st FL. NY NY 10009
More Info | FREE
Member Org

Whose Vestiges Subsist brings together six artists working between the U.S. and their countries of origin: Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Chile. The exhibition pulls from a constellation of references that chart patterns drawn from a range of geographic and cultural contexts, such as pigeon races in Old Havana, the spiritual forces of a curandera (healer) in El Salvador, and the paths of hurricanes moving through Caribbean waters—haptic images that are factual and ethereal. Relics such as devalued currency, found wood, cheap plastic, waterfall lamps, and a pigeon egg, function as reminders of past sites.

Featuring: Òscar Moisés Díaz / Esperanza Mayobre / Frances Gallardo / Carlos Jaramillo / Palo Cháán (Patricia Domínguez & Guadalupe Maravilla)

6. Opportunities

Downtown Art 2019 Youth Arts & Social Justice Commissions
Deadline: February 20, 2019
Downtown Art 
70 East 4th Street, NY, NY 10003
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Featured Opportunity

Downtown Art is pleased to announce the 2019 Youth Arts & Social Justice Commissioning Program open to NYC based artists and project teams. 

Downtown Art is interested in:

  • Projects which combine artmaking and social justice issues
  • Projects engaging youth between the ages of 10-24 years old 
  • All projects must include a minimum of 8 youth participants 
  • Workshops must have a minimum of 8 sessions and a public presentation 
  • Project participants should build artistic skills over the course of the project 
  • Project leaders are responsible for recruiting youth participants

Artists may apply for either
1) Commission of $1000 in support of a youth project in NYC or 
2) Commission of $1000 plus residency at Downtown Art: Residency time available: Saturday, during the day, max. 3 hour time slot, for 8 weeks (Feb. 23- April 13) in Downtown Art's Theater. 

Existing youth ensembles may apply, however priority will be given to proposals which do not receive significant support from a nonprofit organization, school, or other institution.  

Artist Opportunity | Open Call 
Open Call for Muralists: New Essex Street Market
Deadline: 02/18/19
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Artist Opportunity | Residency 
NYC Cultural Affairs: Public Artist in Residence
Deadline: 02/2/419
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Artist Opportunity | Residency 
Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency
Deadline: 03/01/19
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Artist Opportunity | Open Call 
NYA Gallery: Opening Group Show
Deadline: 03/01/19
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LES Artist Opportunity | Residency 
Cooper Union Artist Residency
Deadline: 02/18/19
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LES Artist Opportunity | Workshop Program
Hemispheric Institute: EMERGENYC 2019
Deadline: 02/26/19
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Artist Opportunity | Residency 
LMCC Workspace Program 
Deadline: 02/28/19
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LES Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
New York Theatre Workshop Administrative Fellowship
Deadline: 03/15/19
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FABnyc's mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. We implement this mission through a range of programs and collaborations with local cultural organizations, independent artists, community-based organizations and neighborhood nonprofits. We work as cultural producers, facilitators, and organizers with an ongoing interest in how arts and culture can advance community health, inclusiveness, and equity.
Ryan Gilliam - Executive Director
Kim Golding - Dance Block Associate
Emilio Martinez Poppe - Programs Manager
Dakota Scott - Director of Special Projects
Addison Vawters - Operations Manager
Imani Vieira - Dance Block + Communications Associate

Molaundo Jones - President 
Lee Ann Gullie - Treasurer 
Ela Troyano - Secretary 
Tomie Arai, Dipti Desai, Winston Estevez, & Jasmina Sinanovic
FABnyc PROGRAMS are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Humanities New York, New York City Small Business Services, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Dance/NYC, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Con Edison, La Vida Feliz Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYU Community Fund, and LES Ready!
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