1APPLY NOW: LES Community Culture Council 
2. Downtown Art Community Engaged Arts Commissons and Residencies
3artWork: The FABnyc Podcast 
4. Support US! 
5. Happy Holidays! & Happy New Year! 
6. Events and Programs in LES and Beyond!

1.LES Community Culture Council  

Do you want an opportunity to build and practice cultural organizing skills?

Do you want to learn more about how cultural organizations make decisions and use their resources?
University Settlement and FABnyc are partnering to launch the Lower East Side Community Culture Council!

The LESCCC is an intergenerational team of community residents, University Settlement staff, and FABnyc staff. The council will explore opportunities to bring creative programming to public and community spaces in our neighborhood. We will select and collaborate with artists and/or community partners to envision and plan creative actions that support greater access and equity.

Priority given to residents and staff of Campos Plaza, Meltzer Houses, Hernandez Houses, Baruch Houses, 10 Stanton, Cooper Square MHA, Smith, Fabria, First, Rutgers, Jacob Riis, Wald, LES Infill, LaGuardia, Gompers, Stanton Street, Two Bridges, and Vladeck Houses, but open to the wider Lower East Side / East Village community.
What you will receive:
  • The opportunity to influence arts and culture in your community. 
  • Training in Arts Project Management, Curation, Marketing, Collaborative Partnering, Storytelling and Media Skills
  • The chance to see professional music, theater, visual art and dance.
  • stipend of up to $750 for participating in monthly workshops, art field trips, and meetings to plan our community arts & culture events (approx. $50 per meeting).
What you need to apply:
  • Commitment to community
  • Passion for the arts & culture
  • Attendance at one Wednesday night meeting per month, from 6–8pm (snack will be provided), plus willingness to participate in other arts & culture opportunities.
  • Willingness to serve as an ambassador for arts & culture in your community
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
Application details: 

2. Downtown Art: Community Engaged Art Commission and Residencies 

Downtown Art is pleased to announce the 2019 Community Engaged Art Commissions & Residencies open to NYC based artists. 

Dowtown Art is interested in proposals that:
- Demonstrate a creativity of response to and engagement with a community on an issue of social significance
- Reflect experience with civic and/or community engagement
- Are grounded in authentic connection to community impacted by issue

Artists can request $1000 commission for a project anywhere in NYC or a $500 commission plus 10 day residency in the DTA theater.  Proposals in all artistic disciplines are eligible.

Deadline: January 22, 2019
Info & Application

3. artWork: The FABnyc Podcast

Our latest podcast series with Native Art Department International is now up on Spotify, Itunes, and Stitcher

Native Art Department International is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan.  As artists-in-residence with Fourth Arts Block and Downtown Art during the first six months of 2018, Native Art Department International conducted three interviews with people, each with deep histories and connections to the Lower East Side.
artWork is FABnyc’s podcast exploring how art works in the world. Launched in 2016, artWork is an ongoing conversation with culture makers on the role arts and culture can play in strengthening communities. artWork is currently produced by FABnyc, hosted by Executive Director Ryan Gilliam with Associate Producer, Michael Hickey. artWork was originally conceived by former Executive Director Risa Shoup and Denise Shu Mei.

4. Donate TODAY! 

Photo by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez
Please support us in fighting for a culturally inclusive and vibrant Lower East Side! 

We all know that the Lower East Side community is in an epic struggle with gentrification — with impacts that create physical and cultural displacement.

FAB was born out of this struggle – created by artists, organizers, and planners working to preserve, sustain, and grow the cultural vitality of the LES.  It’s why we built a mutually supportive network of 40+ cultural and community groups…. why we partner community organizers addressing equity and justice… why we celebrate inclusion… why we honor our stories… why we are civically active… why we show up.

In our ideal LES, arts and culture permeate all areas of life.  Every resident has multiple opportunities to participate in culture.  Cultural hubs thrive. Each day we work on how to bring that world closer.  But this is only possible through collaboration with partners, neighbors, colleagues… and you.

Thank you for any support you can give.  It is profoundly appreciated.

Donate now and help support our work. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


5. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year! 

We hope this season brings you peace, love, and joy!  ☃️🍾

Hope you all get a chance to reflect on all you've made happen.  We just got that moment in putting together our 2017/18 Annual Report.  It's exciting to look back and see what we've been able to accomplish!

FABnyc will be closed from December 21 until January 1.
We will see you all in the New Year!

6. Events + Programs in LES and Beyond!

November 22- December 22, 2018 
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street,  NY NY 10003
More Info & RSVP
Member Org
Written by Krista Knight. Directed by Matt Dickson

American couple Keaton and Deanna, saddled with debt and buoyed by lust-driven optimism, move abroad for a fresh start. In their attempt to reinvent themselves as enterprising expats, they’re plunged into a torrid triangle with Alondra, an alluring and mischievous Selkie (half-woman half-seal). Keaton’s aggression and Deanna’s complicity in Alondra’s exploitation result in a maelstrom of perverse romance and wet revenge in this dark, funny, and saturated exploration of domestic violence – of being trapped – and two approaches to escape.
Soles of Duende: Can We Dance Here?
open until December 21 | 7:30pm
Dixon Place 
161A Chrystie Street, NY NY 10002
More Info & RSVP
Member Org
With Can We Dance Here?, the three storytellers explore the concept of permission and trust as they journey towards their individual and collective freedoms. An enticing evening of rhythmic exchange including live music (by prominent NYC live artists) and rooted improvisation, this trio brings the audience on a journey to the revelation of pure freedom as three strong women taking the floor…and making NOISE.
Angel Alliance Holiday Sweet Sale and Cookie Bake Off  
December 15 | 12-3pm
Lower East Side Girls Club Center for Community
402 East 8th Street NY, NY 10009
More Info 
LES Event 
The Lower Eastside Girls Club Angel Alliance Junior Board is bringing back a favorite holiday event: The Cookie Bake-Off!

Too busy to bake this season? Let them do all the work! Purchase an empty tin ($20/ $35) and fill it with delicious “Angel Baked” homemade cookies.
And stay for the holiday fun: Celebrity Judges, Raffle Prizes, Girl-Made gifts for sale and more! There will be music, free hot drinks and lots of Joy!
Pat! a BLACK Revolutionary Molecule Video Screening
December 16 | 4:45pm-7pm 
WOW Cafe Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street, 4FL, NY NY 10003
More Info 
Member Org

Join for a video screening of Pat! A BLACK Revolutionary Molecule and To Face It, a staged reading by Tantra-zawadi from the novel by Lupe Family. How will Pam, based on the historical figure Pat Robinson, broach the subject of
economics as a basis for any black female/male relationship in the US after slavery to Tania? Artist talk following the reading. 

Writopia Lab presents: Habla Tus Palabras/ Tus Palabras Hablan 
December 18 | 6-8pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe 
236 East 3rd Street NY, NY 10009
Member Org

Join at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe for their Teen Night. All teens across New York City are invited to participate or watch this open mic spoken word event.  General admission is $10, $7 with a student id at the door. All performers are granted free admission. 

Ages: 12+

The Shell-Shocked Nut 
December 20-23 | 7pm. Sunday at 3pm
La Mama- Ellen Stewart Theater
66 East 4th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
In partnership with GOH Productions and East Village and East Village Dance Project. 

East Village Dance Project returns to La MaMa, for its fourth year of, The Shell-Shocked Nut upends the classic structure of The Nutcracker, relocates it to the East Village, and uses a cast of lively characters to explore themes of loss and recovery. Join a war veteran and wandering child in a poignant, thoughtful and sometimes humorous journey throughout iconic landmarks in the East Village and Lower East Side. Performed by a dynamic cast of intergenerational dancers, actors, and musicians. 
Rocka Jamez: Roundz of Flame 
December 21 | 7:30pm 
University Settlement: The Performance Project 
184 Eldridge Street NY, NY 10002
Member Org
Roundz of Flame is a one–of-a-kind dance battle series that has ignited NYC's street dance community. Come experience pure love and passion for Hip Hop, Krump, Pop n' Lock, Flexn, Litefeet, Waacking/Vogue, Contemporary and Breakdancing. Watch all the dance styles battle and merge to honor street dance culture and help move it forward. Get inspired by both male and female dancers challenging each other to be the best performers and community supporters they can be. Conceived and produced by The Performance Project's 2017 Fellow, Rocka Jamez.

Tickets are $15 and can only be purchased at the door.* 

New York Madness
December 23 | 8pm
Horse Trade Theater Group: Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
Going from page to stage within one week with eight short plays written in response to a theme, Madness events create a unique cultural moment for diverse audiences and offer playwrights, directors, and actors opportunities to experiment with new work and cultivate professional relationships in a collaborative environment. NYM is committed to giving early-career writers and directors a chance to see their work onstage in front of an audience.
Andy Warhol: Endangered Species 
Open until February 17, 2019
The Ukrainian Museum 
222 East 6th Street, NY NY 10003
More Info
Member Org
Commemorating the 90th anniversary of the birth of Andy Warhol, this is the first Warhol exhibition ever organized by a Ukrainian American organizationEndangered Species is on loan from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. The exhibition includes the ten silkscreens in the Andy Warhol: Endangered Species series from 1983. An important component of the show at The Ukrainian Museum will be a section dedicated to Andy Warhol's early years growing up in Pittsburgh.
45th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading
January 1, 2019 | 2pm 
The Poetry Project 
St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street , NY NY 10003
More Info
Member Org
There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace – what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility – over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 65 additional events every year. It’s their largest fundraiser, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city.

7. Opportunities

Creative Time Open Call 
Deadline: January 18, 2019
Creative Time 
59 East 4th Street, 6th FL NY, NY 10003
More Info
Featured Opportunity

Are you a New York City-based artist with an exciting idea for a public project? Between December 10 and January 18, Creative Time is accepting proposals for a new public commission to be exhibited in the spring/summer of 2019. The open call is an opportunity for emerging artists to experiment in the public realm, and utilize Creative Time’s 40+ year history of realizing artists’ dream projects.

Ideas can be bold and ambitious, and there is no secret formula for size or scale - proposals can range from the unassuming to a dramatic gesture. Above all, it should be timely, and hold the potential to spark critical public exchange.

Artist Opportunity | Job Opportunity 
The Clemente: Executive Administrative Assistant
Deadline: 12/31/18
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Sponsorship
New York Foundation Fiscal Sponsorship
Deadline: 12/31/18
More Info

Visual Artist Opportunity | Open Call
National Association of Women Artists, Inc.: Women Celebrating Creativity
Deadline: 01/15/19
More Info
Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Fellowship
Deadline: 12/17/18
More Info 

Artist Opportunity | Fellowship 
New York Foundation Artist

Deadline: 01/23/19
More Info

LES Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
New York Theatre Workshop Administrative Fellowship
Deadline: 03/15/19
More Info

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, Mellon Foundation, 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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