Newsletter Contents

1. Gentrification in the LES: 30th Anniversary of the Tompkins Sq Riot
2. Rescheduled Sept 15: It's Our Park Day
3. LES Events and Programs
4. Opportunities...FABnyc is Hiring!

1. Gentrification in the LES: Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Tompkins Square Riot

black and white photo of people with fists in the air with a sign that reads "no housing no peace"
photo credit: Q. Sakamaki
Wednesday, August 15 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Downtown Art
70 East 4th Street
Lower East Side, NY 10003
More Info + Tickets

An evening to remember and reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Tompkins Square Riot and its significance in the gentrification of the Lower East Side.

– Introduction by Dakota Scott (Director, The People's LES project) &
Noah Fuller (Below the Grid Lab)

– Revisiting events through the words of those who lived through it (Lena Feliciano, Oscar Hallas, Zen Anton, and Dakota Scott read excerpts from first accounts) accompanied by the photography of Q. Sakamaki 

– An open dialogue with attendees, facilitated by Noah Fuller and Dakota Scott, on the meaning of the riot and its aftermath in the context of gentrification of the Lower East Side 

This is a People's LES event co-produced by FABnyc and Downtown Art

2. Rescheduled for Sept 15: It's Our Park Day

graphic for It's Our Park Day event that reads "It's Our Park Day Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton St. Between Forsyth & Chrystie, LES, Saturday September 15 2-5PM & 8:30-9:30PM"
design by Emilio Martinez Poppe
Please join the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, Green Map System, University Settlement, and FABnyc for It's Our Park Day. A neighborhood festival supporting the return of the Stanton Street building to community use.

Saturday, September 15

Afternoon session — 2pm-5pm

The afternoon will include speeches from organizers and local representatives along with live music, dancing and martial arts lessons, art-making activities, free bike repair services, a youth bike helmet giveaway, and opportunities to get involved in the campaign.

Evening session — 8:30pm-9:30pm
The evening will feature projections by The Illuminator of artwork made during the afternoon session along with historical images from the site and neighborhood visions for the Stanton Street building's future.
red graphic illustration of the Stanton Street building

The Stanton Building Task Force was formed by the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, University Settlement and Green Map System to return a NYC Park building to the neighbors of the park. Though the building was built for community use in 1934, the building became storage for all of Manhattan’s parks following the city’s financial crisis of the 1970s. Despite promises dating back to 1998, now, twenty years later, there is progress to report and new ways to get involved.
Support the return of the Stanton Street building for community use!

3. LES + Member Organization Events and Programs

photo of a wooden marionette
International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC
Aug 8 - 12 
The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

The Big Apple will host puppets from around the world as they will take center stage at NYC’s 1st International Puppet Fringe Festival in August 2018. Emerging and established puppeteers and puppet troupes of various styles will showcase their artistry and ingenuity through Performances, Exhibits, and Symposiums which will delight and entertain audiences of all ages.
yellow and blue graphic of a keyboard, pen, and paper
The Return of the Bards
A Concert of Contemporary Classical Music

Friday, Aug 10     | 8:00pm
Saturday, Aug 11 | 8:00pm
Sunday, Aug 12   | 3:00pm
IATI Theater
64 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
ore Info + Tickets
Composer, pianist and conductor Carlos David Bernales Vilca pays tribute to some of the greatest singer-poet-seers of all time and to their invaluable heritage for all of humanity. Legends around the world tell of the amazing deeds accomplished by some of these Bards that created new artistic realities, harmonically developed by their intuition and intellect.
collage of artifacts
Lecture | Ken Liu:
The Bookmaking Species

Wednesday, Aug 15 | 7:00 - 8:00pm
Swiss Institute
38 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY 10003
ore Info + RSVP
On the occasion of the SI Reading Room installation, Legal Books (Shanghai), please join SI for a talk by author, translator, lawyer and programmer Ken Liu. Liu will give a presentation on the history of books as artifacts, discussing how the kinds of stories we tell are influenced by the media through which they are transmitted.
lithograph of children playing with a caption that reads: "poor people's park - tompkins square"
Walking Tour: Immigrants of Tompkins Square Park
Saturday, August 18 | 10:30am
Tompkins Square Library
331 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009
Registration + M
ore Info 
After the Civil War, Tompkins Square Park was the only major open space for immigrants to gather and relax on the east side of Manhattan between Union Square and City Hall. Take this walking tour with Tompkins Square Library manager Corinne Neary and street photographer Michael Paul.
rainbow graphic that reads "east village queer film festival"
EVQ Film Festival
Aug 20 - 25
The Wild Project
195 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
ore Info
Hosted by Director Lola Rock’n’Rolla, this film festival embraces an inclusive Queer identity, featuring films that entertain, explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde.
graphic of 3 people lifting hand weights
Open Fitness Classes
Class Schedule
Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
70 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
ore Info
Classes for all – the professional, the student, and the enthusiast; with a line-up in dance, fitness and wellness, there is something for everyone. Classes are open-level or introductory where indicated.

A single class is $17 – $20, you may sign up to book online or in-person.
5-class discounts available.

4. Opportunities

Arts Admin Opportunity | Job Opening
Dance Block and
Communications Associate


More Info
We're hiring! Please follow this link to see full details of the part-time position on our website. To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to
Community Arts Opportunity | Event Staffing 
It's Our Park Day Staffing

Event date: 09/15/18
More Info
FABnyc is looking for artistically inclined individuals to manage hands-on art activities at community festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Take a look at the event details on our website. We will be hosting a wide range of activities in the afternoon from 2-5pm including performances, art-making, bike repair and more. We are specifically looking for people to help FABnyc staff lead art-making activities: Sticker-making, Drawing our Ideal Stanton Building, Chalking the sidewalk, and TBD.

1:30pm - 5:30pm (4 hours)
$100 compensation

Please send a bio to Programs Manager Emilio Martinez Poppe at if you are interested along with anything else you’d like to share about your work, artists website, etc.

Media Arts Opportunity | Workshop Series
Media Education Resources

Deadline: N/A
More Info


Curator Opportunity | Open Call
Smack Mellon
Curatorial Proposals

Deadline: 08/21/18 
More Info

Dance Opportunity | Showcase Open Call
Duo Multicultural Arts Center
Dance@DMAC 2018

Deadline: 09/01/18 
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Career Development
Workshop Program for
Spanish-speaking Artists

Creative Capital

Deadline: 09/05/18
ore Info

Latinx Artists, Ensembles, and Arts Organizations Opportunity | Grant
Fund for the Arts (NFA)

Deadline: 09/06/18 
More Info


Teaching Artist + Non Profit Opportunity | Grant
Creative Learning

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info


Teaching Artist + Non Profit Opportunity | Grant
Creative Engagement

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

Artist + Non Profit Opportunity | Grant
Upper Manhattan
Empowerment Zone

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

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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
KT Pe Benito - Dance Block and Communications Coordinator
Dakota Scott - Director of Special Projects
Addison Vawters - Operations Manager

Board: Tomie Arai, Dipti Desai, Winston Estevez, Lee Ann Gullie, Molaundo Jones, Jasmina Sinanovic, Ela Troyano
FABnyc programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 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, New York City Small Business Services, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin, Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Con Edison, Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, La Vida Feliz Foundation, the Beacon Group, and CNY Arts.
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