1. APPLY NOW: FABnyc Membership for LES organizations 
2. LES Community Culture Council: Application deadline extended + new Info Session!
3. artwork Podcast with Maria Hupfield & Jason Lujan of Native Art Department International 
4. Events and Programs in the LES and Beyond!
5. Opportunities 

1. APPLY NOW: FABnyc Membership 

FABnyc Membership Application is OPEN for 2019! 

FAB supports 40+ member organizations through community forums, topical gatherings, professional development, workshops, peer shares, and advocacy.

If you are an LES-Based organization and would like to join our membership network please fill out our Membership Application. 

We offer Full and Affiliate membership.  Dues are on a sliding scale.  
  • Full Membership is for nonprofit cultural and community groups with a primary office and/or programs in the neighborhood, which have been in existence a minimum of 2 years, and can document active programming.  
  • Affiliate Membership is for community based organizations, local institutions, and small businesses
Click below for more info and the application form.
Membership Info & Application

2. LES Community Cultural Council: Deadline to Apply Extended + New Info Session

APPLICATION Deadline Extended to Monday, JANUARY 21! 
Want to know more information?! Join us for an info session at the Rafael Hernandez Community Center (189 Allen Street) on January 16! 

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
  • A 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 arts and 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: 

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  FABnyc and Downtown Art, Native Art Department International conducted three interviews with people who each have deep histories and connections to the Lower East Side:  Muriel Miguel, Dave Powell, and Paul Castrucci.
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. 

4. Events + Programs in LES and Beyond!

Cally Spooner: Sweat Shame Etc. 
open until March 10, 2019
The Swiss Institute 
38 St. Marks Place,  NY NY 10003
More Info FREE
Member Org
Swiss Institute presents SWEAT SHAME ETC., a solo exhibition by Athens-based artist Cally Spooner (b. 1983, United Kingdom). Across objects, writing, sound and choreography, Spooner addresses the manners in which specific technological and financial conditions shape and organize life. Featuring WhatsApp messages, the voice of a business, the sound of a head cold, eroding support structures, a child development theorist, a poisoning and an oversized graphSWEAT SHAME ETC. depicts an absurd contemporary ecosystem in which entities run the risk of managing themselves and one another to death.
Black Power Naps 
January 9 - January 30, 2019
Performance Space New York 
5782,150 1st Avenue, 4th FL. NY NY 10009
More Info | FREE
Member Org

In our society, relaxation and rest is a luxury reserved for the privileged and rich. Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa’s Black Power Naps is a direct response to the Sleep Gap, which the artists see as a continued form of state-sanctioned punishment born from the ongoing legacy of slavery. Reclaiming idleness and play as sources of power and strength, this installation takes over Performance Space’s large theater and invites people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.

Our culture has required that people of color present themselves as extraordinary performers, athletes, or entertainers in order to exist in the public realm, Black Power Naps refuses institutionalized exhaustion and demands the redistribution of idleness, down time, and quality sleep.

El Toque Del Flamenco Queer 
January 14, 2019 | 7:30pm 
Dixon Place 
161A Chrystie Street NY, NY 10002
More Info | FREE 
Member Org
Ryan Rockmore, a New York-based queer flamenco artist, brings Jero Férec, a Barcelona-based queer flamenco guitarist, to Dixon Place for an evening of song and dance. During the evening set, Férec will premier new works and play pieces from his recent album, Color Prohibido. These two male artists will explore the proximity and collaboration of queer relationships between flamencos within song and dance.
Justice is Compassion 
January 16 - 21, 2019
Arts for Art 
Nublu 151: 151 Avenue C NY, NY 10007
More Info & Tickets 
Member Org
Presented by Arts for Art 

Six days of Free Jazz, presented by 

Jaimie Branch | Joe McPhee | Amirtha Kidambi | Cooper-Moore | WEFREESTRINGS | Germaul Barnes | and MORE! 
January 23 - February 10, 2019
Wild Project 
195 East 3rd Street NY, NY 10009
Member Org

An Eco-Comedy
Written by Jordan Jaffe
Directed by Dan Amboyer

Featuring Christian Conn, Annapurna Sriram, Johnny Wu

Jordan Jaffe’s new eco-comedy Whirlwind centers around the operations at Arrow Energy, a wind developer whose hundreds of turbines are directly in the migratory path of endangered birds. Darkly comedic and unpredictable, Whirlwind explores the precarious intersection of business, science, and sexual politics involved when “going green.”

Tertulia 2019: Change 
January 29  | 3pm
IATI Theater
64 East 4th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
Submissions open until January 15! All creative disciplines are open! 

A FREE open mic event for artistic adventurers that would love to share their craft and network with like minded people in a safe haven for the arts.  

The capacity for the event is limited! Please RSVP to attend. 
The Vocal Trace - Workshop with Judah Rubin
January 29 | 7-9pm
Poetry Project 
Neighborhood Preservation Center: 232 East 11th Street NY, NY 10003
Member Org
In this 5 session workshop you will listen to, and attempt to think through, archival recordings from the Poetry Project’s extensive collection housed at the Library of Congress. With the aim to bring to craft a collective language for talking about readings: what is happening at a reading? How might we develop an historiography of listening? How are voices preserved, ignored and, at times, actively suppressed? How does close listening (to tone, to banter, to heckling, applause, echo, vocal gesture) help us to understand not only the archival and institutional record, but our own poetics? How can we theorize the grain of the voice while contextualizing and historicizing it? What social solidarities come to bear on the reading, the talk, the workshop? You will be listening to previously unheard recordings of readings and talks by David Antin, Cookie Mueller, Audre Lorde, David Wojnarowicz, John Wieners and more TBA.
SUITE/Space 2019 
January 31- February 6 
Mabou Mines 
150 1st Avenue  NY NY 10003
More Info & Tickets 
Member Org
Mabou Mines' new SUITE/Space performance initiative returns for a second season with four new artists: Cinthia Chen, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Cristina Pitter and Edisa Weeks.


Mabou Mines’ performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, development, rehearsal space, and opportunities for public performances in our new 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.

Generation NYZ 
January 24- February 3 
La MaMa 
66 East 4th Street, 4th FL.  NY NY 10003
More Info & Tickets
Member Org
Conceived by Ping Chong 
Directed by Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber 
Written by Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber, in collaboration with the performers. 

With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty, and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra, and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their stories on stage. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city. The Generation NYZ performers illuminate, in their own words, the challenges and joys of growing up in New York City, and all that goes into making our city inclusive, gritty, determined, creative, and rich with community. 
Saco Yasuma: New Year "Celebration" and CD Release Concert 
January 27 | 2-3:30pm 
Center for Remembering and Sharing 
123 4th Avenue #2  NY NY 10003
More Info & Tickets 
Member Org

Center for Remembering & Sharing invites you to a concert by pianist and singer song writer Saco Yasuma celebrating the New Year and the release of her new album “AS IT IS is Beautiful.”

Saco’s ensemble features Sakurako Kataoka (spoken words), Michael TA Thompson(percussion), Kevin Nathaniel (mbira, shekere, and spoken words), and the One Note One Spirit Choir. As a special guest, the fiber artist Nobuko Tsuruta will create Saco’s costume and the installation for “Celebration!

5. Opportunities

Downtown Art 2019 Community Engaged Arts Commission and Residencies 
Deadline: January 22, 2019
Downtown Art 
70 East 4th Street, NY, NY 10003
More Info
Featured Opportunity

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

Downtown 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.

Visual Artist Opportunity | Open Call
National Association of Women Artists, Inc.: Women Celebrating Creativity
Deadline: 01/15/19
More Info 

Artist Opportunity | Fellowship 
New York Foundation Artist

Deadline: 01/23/19
More Info 

LES Artist Opportunity | Fellowship
Downtown Art: Youth Arts Social Justice Workshop Commissions 
Deadline: 02/20/19
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Open Call 
Creative Time Open Call 
Deadline: 01/18/19
More Info

Artist Opportunity | Fellowship 
2019 NYSCA/ NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography 
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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