December 2018

Dear Neighbors,

The people I’m inspired by long for change.  They hold dear the idea of the world as it could be.   I can bear witness to how much they commit themselves -- in their work, in their communities, in their personal lives --  to expanding justice and compassion, equity and knowledge, opportunity and kindness.

We need new laws, new protections -- lots of logical, specific changes to make this world possible.  That’s very real.

But we can’t change a culture with rules alone.  We can’t change a culture just through reason.  

Change requires our whole selves -- it requires connecting with the whole selves of others.  And for that, we must also call upon music, language, food, dance, painting, gardening, humor, rebellion, poetry, craft, words, rhythm, beauty, history, listening, and stories.   

FAB believes artists and culture makers have significant roles to play in moving change forward.  Alongside organizers and advocates, we need artists.  Together with the practical and the specific, we need the poetic.  

I don’t believe in the ‘great man’ theory of history, nor do I believe in the ‘great artist’ concept of culture shift.  The future we want will be created by many, many people - artists among them.  By waves of projects and years, not months, of work.  

The future we want requires a change in how art itself is practiced, how artists view their role in a community.  We accept that as our job.  We’re in for the long haul.  We’re committed to deepening our partnerships -- and our imagination.

Thank you again for any contribution you can make towards FAB’s work in the LES. Your donation has power.  


Ryan + the team at FABnyc
 


p.s.  Check out our 2017/18 annual report for more details on what we've been up to. 
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:
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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