Dear friends, colleagues, and neighbors,

 

Sometimes I walk around the Lower East Side -- and get disoriented. A sense of loss floats in. Memories of things vanished, things that will not return.

 

And then I’m brought back. Some amazing place or theater or mural or conversational fragment happens and I know that the Lower East Side I love is not gone. From 14th to Canal, from Bowery to the river, its diverse, cultural, creative, outspoken, inclusive, grassroots, pro-immigrant, sometimes radical, always distinctive character is not gone. In truth, the LES is vital, alive, shaking with energy. And deep in the fight.

 

FAB was born out of this struggle, founded by cultural nonprofits, guided by community organizers. That unique combination of art and organizing is in our DNA. Each year, it’s our task to renew and re-invigorate how - as a unique kind of arts organization - we can make a difference here.

 

That’s why we built a collaborative mutually supportive network of 40+ cultural and community groups. That’s why we partner with organizers, bringing arts strategies to campaigns for public space, small business survival, and resiliency. That’s why we celebrate our community’s roots, co-leading LES History Month and the People’s LES project. That’s why we show up, why civic involvement is central to our work.

 

In our ideal LES, arts and culture would permeate all areas of life. Each resident would have multiple opportunities to make and participate in culture. Cultural hubs would thrive. We’d share a conviction that vibrant arts and culture are critical for how they connect us to our common humanity, our sense of belonging, our sense of community.

 

That’s the big picture behind our daily work. We’re all clear about that. Each day we seek to bring our best thinking and creativity to how we can bring that world closer. Working with partners, with neighbors, with colleagues… and with you.

 

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

 

Yours,
Ryan Gilliam -- on behalf of all of us at FAB

 

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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