Virtual Load OUT! Month

Virtual Load OUT!

Helping artists recycle since 2011

A Biannual Reuse & Repurposing Riot 

This Fall, FABnyc is changing it up and offering a Virtual Load OUT!, a month-long challenge to creatively repurpose materials and celebrate the different sustainability resources throughout the city. We are very proud to announce the release of our first #VirtualLoadOUT Street Sheet highlgihting a few of our favorite sustainable NYC organizations!

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We're also hosting an OPEN CALL for "upcycled inspiration" – photos of any artwork or innovation using recycled materials – on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #VirtualLoadOUT. Share your art or inspirations with us, and we'll highlight our favorites throughout the month. Can't wait to see your sustainable work!

 

See more images from Load OUT!

FREE E-Waste & Clothing/Textile Collection around the city provided by:

Lower East Side Ecology Center

 GrowNYC / Wearable Collections

United War Veterans Recycling

November Member of the Month: Rod Rodgers Dance Company

We are extremely pleased to announce our November Member of the Month, Rod Rodgers Dance Company! A long-time FABnyc member, Rod Rodgers Dance Company has been creating, performing, and educating youth on the block since long before FABnyc's inception. To celebrate their 45th year on the block, we will be exploring the history of the company and legacy of founder Rod Rodgers over the next few weeks.

 

Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC) came into existence during the 1960's, when many artists were called upon to create works that reflected newly positive community consciousness. It began with founder R. Rodgers' belief that dance images reflecting truths about human experience have the unique ability to touch people on a primal level of "feeling identity."

Since the 1980's, Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC) has taught classes and workshops in the Company's studio on the Lower East Side. Classes at RRDC aim to offer students enjoyable experiences to help them understand and appreciate modern dance as an art form. In these classes, students explore the relationships between dance, music, poetry, theater and athletics. By learning dance techniques, RRDC's young students are also taught skills that can be applicable to their academic studies.

View calendar of youth classes here.

VOTE FABnyc on Design With Benefits

FABnyc|Design With Benefits

Voting period: 10/6 – 11/28 

 

FABnyc is featured on ethical design website Design With Benefits! Each month, three projects are voted on to receive a portion of the website's proceeds. We would be receiving donations all throughout the holiday season, so show us your support and VOTE!

To VOTE, simply visit the site and click "vote" under our tab on the homepage. Additional votes can be earned by signing up for the Design With Benefits newsletter or making a purchase (so get your holiday shopping done early!)!

Digging Into Dance Block

photo by Whitney Browne

DIGGING INTO DANCE BLOCK

FABnyc’s Dance Block program offers an alternative solution to the rehearsal space crisis facing many New York City dance artists. Working with several of its 28 organizational members, Fourth Arts Block formed Dance Block to provide low-cost rehearsal space through centralized booking of multiple, individually owned studio spaces. The program, which serves an artistic population (historically known as severely undercompensated), has been extremely well received, with over 500 dance makers enrolled!

While dancers and choreographers get access to affordable space, studio owners receive full revenue from rentals and the satisfaction that their spaces are being used to their utmost creative capacities. FABnyc and the rest of the neighborhood benefits too, as the block fills with new artistic energy, building on the already vibrant atmosphere of this historic cultural district.

We recently checked in with some of our Dance Blockers to see how the program has played a role in their creative process…

Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance

Alex M. Schell | A Motion Scape Project

Fatima Loga | VashtiDance Inc.

To find out more about Dance Block and renting rehearsal space, check out our SPACES Page!

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