We are artists, organizers, and planners working to preserve, sustain, and grow the cultural vibrancy of the Lower East Side neighborhood.

FABnyc was founded in 2001 by a coalition by cultural and community nonprofits on East 4th Street to save their homes. Today our commitment to sustaining the cultural character and diversity of the community extends across the LES: from 14th Street to Canal, from Bowery to the East River.

FABnyc works in partnership with the community – bringing artists and arts strategies to
– Fight physical and cultural displacement
– Build collective power and collaboration
– Increase equity and access to cultural resources and public space
– Support local resiliency and community health

Read our 2017/18 annual report!



Ryan Gilliam (she/her), Executive Director of FAB and Downtown Art

Kimberly Golding (she/her), Dance Block Associate

Emilio Martinez Poppe (they/them), Programs Manager

Dakota Devereux Scott (she/her), Director of Special Projects

Addison Vawters (he/they), Operations Manager

Imani Vieira (she/her), Dance Block Associate and Communications



Molaundo Jones, President
Founder, The Clever Agency
Art Services Manager, Queens Council on The Arts

Ela Troyano, Secretary
Independent Filmmaker
Consultant, Creative Capital

Lee Ann Gullie, Treasurer
Director Of Philanthropy, Make-A-Wish Metro New York

Tomie Arai
Member, Chinatown Art Brigade

Dipti Desai
Director of  The Art, Education, and Community Practice Program at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Winston Estevez
Associate Artistic Director, IATI Theater

Jasmina Sinanovic
Financial & Administrative Director, The Center for LGBTQ Studies
Member, WOW Cafe Theater Collective



Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation
Harkness Foundation
La Vida Feliz Foundation
Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Con Edison
New York City: Department of Cultural Affairs
New York City: Small Business Services
City Councilmember Carlina Rivera
City Councilmember Margaret Chin
New York State Council on the Arts
Humanities NY
Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy
Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation