LES Happenings - It’s Our Park Day, Spend $1 Million, & LES Arts Weekend! 
 News & Events from FABnyc - Sept/Oct
1. It's Our Park Day: Saturday, September 15
2. Participate in LES Arts Weekend
3. Taste of East Village: Saturday. October 6
4. How Would You Spend $1 Million: Participatory Budgeting
5. Events and Programs in LES and Beyond!
6. "Documents of Resistance":Call for Participation
7. Opportunities & Deadlines

1. It's Our Park Day!  - This Weekend!

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
Raindate: Sunday, September 16

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, 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.

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!
Special Speakers include Community Board 3 Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman.
There will be creative arts activities good for all ages, dance classes and performances, a bike repair workshop, and information from multiple community groups.

Partners organizing the event include the Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition, Office of Councilmember Margaret Chin, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), University Settlement, and Green Map System. Additional participating organizations include Narcan, Stanton Street Block Association, Stanton Street CSA, M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, Loisaida Inc.

Farewell KT! 

Our dear friend KT has moved on to take a new position at the awesome LES based organization Queer | Art!  Farewell KT! Wishing you the absolute best in all their future endeavors! FABnyc already misses you.


2. LES Arts Weekend October 20th + 21st

Arts and Cultural Organizations in the Lower East Side can participate by:
  • Hosting an Open House: Saturday, October 20 or Sunday, October 21. Host an info session/ studio tour/ sampler program/ other engagement activity at your site, open to the public, at hours you choose during LES Arts Weekend.
  • Sharing info on your programs for artists: Saturday, October 20. Present a brief information session for artists interested in getting more involved in your organization, followed by a Q&A. Sessions at Downtown Art.
  • Help us update your member page at FabNYC.orgWe want to share detailed information on your programs- particularly programs for artists, youth, seniors, special constituencies- on your Member Page so it is all in one place for Arts Weekend. If you're not a member, consider joining!
Contact info@fabnyc.org to get involved!

3. Taste of East Village

The Cooper Square Committee hosts their 3rd annual Taste of the East Village Festival. The fundraiser benefits housing preservation, tenant and small business rights organizing work.

Saturday, October 6 | Noon to 5 pm.

20 local restaurants and eateries are expected to participate this year. Ticket holders get to sample a small plate from 4 different participating restaurants and a complimentary refreshment from one of our beverage sponsors. The list of participating restaurants is still in formation (new restaurant sponsors are welcome).

Visit FABnyc during Taste of the East Village to learn about how we are partnering with Cooper Square Committee to celebrate small immigrant business and combat small business displacement in our neighborhood!

Tickets can be purchased online for $25 or day of the event for $30

4. Participatory Budgeting

How would you spend $1 Million dollars?! Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is launching Participatory Budgeting for Council District 2. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Through Participatory Budgeting, community members – like you – directly decide how to spend at least $1,000,000 of the public budget. 

You can help decide how to spend public funds on community improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets, and more! 

Through community meetings and online methods, Council Members present information on the budget and residents brainstorm ideas and select project delegates
Join Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and Speaker Corey Johnson from District 8 in starting off the Cycle 8 Participatory Budgeting Assemblies. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 1-3pm at 14th Street Union Square, South Plaza (near the George Washington Statue) 

RSVP required 
Upcoming Community Meetings with Councilwoman Carlina Rivera:
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 6-8pm at Mount Sinai Beth Israel- Berstein Building, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place (between 15th&16th Street)
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 6-8pm at NYU Dental, 433 1st Ave, (between 25th&26th Street) Room 210
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6-8pm at Campos Plaza Cornerstone, 611 E.13th St. (between Avenue B&C) ASL, Cantonese, and Spanish Translation
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 6-8pm at Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street (entrance on Rivington Street, between Pitt and Columbia Street)  Cantonese and Spanish Translation
To RSVP or for more information, contact Councilwoman Carlina Rivera
209 E. 3rd Street,
NY, NY 10009

5. Events + Programs in LES and Beyond!

Garbagia Three Green Suns – Summer Program
August 28-September 15 | 4:00-9:00pm
La Plaza Cultural
9th Street, Ave. C, LES
NY 10003
More Info
Loisaida Inc.

Join Garbagia’s third year of open-atelier summer program for collaborative and individual projects in textiles, gleaning, sculpture and painting. Join the workshop and transform garbage into beautiful art, then showcase your work with a final community celebration at the historical La Plaza Cultural community Garden!
Aug 28th-31st | 4-9PM: COSTUMES / Teaching Artist: Daniela Fabrizi
Sept 3rd-7th | 4-9PM:
SCULPTURE / Teaching Artist: Daniel Polneau
Sept 10th-14th | 4-9PM: PERFORMANCE / Teaching Artist: Marta V
September 15th (Raindate: September 16) | 5pm: Final performance at La Plaza Cultural
Open Mic 
Friday, September 14 | 6pm
New York Theatre Workshop
79 E. 4th Street New York
NY 10003
More Info

hosted by The Peace Poets

Open Mic will be in direct conversation with the first show of New York Theatre Workshop's 2018/19 season, What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler. Following this event will be an evening performance of the show. Participants are more than welcome to stay and watch! There will be discounted $25 tickets and group rates in advance. If participants wish to attend the play, but don’t have the ability to pay at this time, please reach out to engagement@nytw.org as there will be a limited number of tickets available at no cost to the community.

Join Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, and President of NYCT Andy Byford for a presentation and Q&A regarding the L train shutdown
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Doors open at 5:30pm
Program: 6:30-8:30pm
Middle Collegiate Church (The venue is ADA accessible.)
112 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
More Info
LES Event

MTA New York City Transit and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will host another town hall meeting on the L Tunnel Reconstruction Project. The latest in a years-long outreach effort including dozens of public meetings, this event will convene on the east side of Manhattan on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Middle Collegiate Church. Polly Trottenberg, NYC DOT Commissioner, and Andy Byford, President of New York City Transit, will be at the meeting.
Gardens and Graveyard Walk 
Sunday, September 23 | 11:30am
Meeting at Merchant’s House Museum
29 E. 4th Street NY 
NY, 10003
RSVP Required
LES Event 

Sponsored by 
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Elizabeth Street Garden, Liz Christy Garden, Merchant’s House Museum, M’Finda Kalunga Garden, New York City Marble Cemetery, New York Marble Cemetery, St Patrick’s Old Cathedral

A reflective guided stroll through idyllic, often hidden green spaces of Little Italy, Noho, Bowery & the Lower East SideTour will visit graveyards and gardens, many not often open to the public, as well as the sites of the long-vanished Vauxhall Gardens and the Second African Burial Ground.

New Exhibits by Franz Gertsch, Julien Nguyen, and Tim Ivison and Julia Tcharfas
Starting September 19th
Swiss Institute 
38 St.Marks Pl NY
NY 10003
More Info

The Swiss Institute will be opening 3 new exhibitions beginning on September 19th:

Franz Gertsch: Polyfocal Allover, September 19 – December 2, 2018

Julien Nguyen: Evil in the Defense of the Good, September 19–November 11, 2018

SI Reading Room | Tim Ivison and Julia Tcharfas: Science of Rehearsal, September 19-December 2, 2018

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk: a 22 years later talk and reading with historians Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain 
Sunday, September 23 | 6pm
Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square 
NY 10008
LES Event 

Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and The Cooper Union present authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain to read from and talk about their contemporary classic, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk which is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. It is the number one best-selling punk book of all time. It has been published in 12 languages and helped launch the oral history trend in music books. The 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.

6. Call for Participation

Our Time: Documents of Resistance
September 14- October 28, 2018 
Loisaida Center 
710 E.9th Street NY
NY, 10009
More Info
Featured Opportunity

Do you remember a spot in your neighborhood that was an important place for artists of color meet and make art? Do you recall a rally or protest organized by artists of color? How about and exhibition by and for artists of color? Or community art projects that were made by and for communities of color? Resident artist Antonio Serna, is creating timelines to highlight the art and activism of artists of color for his exhibition at Loisiada Center, September 14–October 27, 2018. Help us build these important timelines by sending in your Memories of Resistance: PEOPLE, PLACES, or EVENTS relevant to the history of art and activism by people of color. These timelines will provide information for future research, scholarship, and display. *You may also bring your materials in person to Loisiada Center

7. Opportunities

Teaching Artist + Non Profit Opportunity | Grant
Creative Learning

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

Manhattan Artist Opportunity | Grant
Creative Engagement

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

Upper Manhattan Artist Opportunity | Grant
Upper Manhattan
Empowerment Zone

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Internship
Teatro Sea's Fall Internship Program 
Deadline: rolling
More Info


Early Career Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
Lewis Center for the Arts
Princeton Arts Fellowship

Deadline: 09/18/18 
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Grant
Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant 
Deadline: 10/1/18 
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Grant 
Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists
Deadline: 10/21/18
More Info


Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
Magnum Foundation: Photography and Social Justice Fellowship
Deadline: 10/1/18
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

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 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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