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