Lower East Side History Month 2020!

Lower East Side History Month, now in its 7th year, was founded collaboratively as a celebration of neighborhood history and diversity – during a time of community change and displacement.  Each May, LES cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents create a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and gatherings to remember, learn, and share stories.

Key events include LES Community Hero Awards on April 30th and LES Stories: Chalk the LES on May 1st & 2nd!

All events take place in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida.

Sign up to Participate! 

Are you a Lower East Side small business or non-profit and want to get involved this year? Sign up to Participate! Deadline: March 6th

Signed up to participate and already know your programming? Great! Fill out the form so that it can be included on our online calendar and press releases! Deadline: March 29th


The 2020 Lower East Side Community Hero Award nominations are open!

The Lower East Side Community Hero Awards, a celebration held each May during LES History Month, celebrate our community’s ‘unsung heroes’ – the people who make a difference in our lives.

Nominations are open to organizations and individuals residing in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side which includes Loisaida, East Village, Two Bridges, and Chinatown.

Nominate a Community Hero! Deadline: March 12th

Arts Open Call: LES African and African-American Histories

Deadline: March 16th, 2020
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Chosen projects notified by April 6th, 2020. Project to be produced and presented Fall 2020.

FABnyc is launching an open call for socially-engaged artistic projects that draw attention to African and African-American histories of the Lower East Side.

From the African Burial Ground under Sara D. Roosevelt Park to the African Free School of the 18th century; from the mixed-race dance halls on the Bowery to the impact of the Draft Riots, the Lower East Side is home to crucial layers of African-American history, too often missing from the stories of struggle and transformation that continue to define the neighborhood. While some remnants of these narratives can be read on building plaques and seen in other public memorials, many details remain hidden.

This call aims to bring greater visibility to African and African-American histories in the Lower East Side, to better understand their legacies, and to connect the past to the neighborhood today. With the African Burial Ground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park as a geographical and historical anchor point, the call aims to honor, heal, and otherwise further conversations around African heritage in the Lower East Side.

Project proposals must be submitted in a single 3–5 page PDF file.

Applicants must also submit a 1–2 page resume/CV and 3–5 work samples.

Full applications will be reviewed and final projects selected by a panel consisting of FABnyc staff and community stakeholders. Panelists bring a range of experiences and perspectives, many of them from outside the professional arts arena; please review your proposal writing for clarity and accessibility.

For questions regarding the application, please email patrick@fabnyc.org.

Click here to apply.

We’re Hiring! Part-time Administrative Assistant

FABnyc is currently seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant!
Must be able to work on Sundays and one other day a week (M-F) 9:45am-6:15pm.


  • Support Dance Block studio rental program for dance artists — manage online booking program, communicate with artists, provide access and orientation to studios, work with studio owners to address any day-to-day issues
  • Organize and work with Communications Manager in leading communications — including FAB’s monthly newsletter and active social media positing on multiple platforms
  • Provide administrative support for other FABnyc activities as needed
  • Help maintain a welcoming lobby stocked with literature on our programs


  • Highly organized, reliable and punctual
  • Strong verbal communication skills; works well in a public-facing position
  • Writing skills, including skills with social media platforms and messaging
  • Familiarity with Lower East Side cultural and/or nonprofit dance community a plus

Compensation: 17.50 an hour, on a biweekly pay cycle.

Email resume and cover letter to Dakota Scott, Managing Director at dakota@fabnyc.org with subject line “NAME – FABnyc Admin Assistant.” Please include your M-F availability in your email.

Please note: FAB Dance Block studios are not all accessible; the position requires requires ability to climb stairs on a frequent basis, respond quickly to sounds (ex. phone, door buzzer); and work at a computer for extended periods of time.

FABnyc has a strong commitment to principles of diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender/ gender identity/ gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ folk, and members of other historically marginalized groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Two videos for the USBnyc campaign are online

United for Small Business NYC (USBNYC) is a coalition of community organizations across New York City fighting to protect New York’s small businesses and non-residential tenants from the threat of displacement, with a particular focus on owner-operated, low-income, minority-run businesses that serve low-income and minority communities.

As a member organization we have made a contribution of two videos to support the campaign. Check them out below or on usbnyc.org

USBnyc Campaign Video: Commercial Vacancy from FABnyc on Vimeo.

USBnyc Campaign Video: Tenant Harassment from FABnyc on Vimeo.


2019 Open Call – Two Artist Commissions

FABnyc is issuing an open call to artists with a history of working in the area of arts and social justice.  FABnyc will commission up to 3 artists for projects in 2020 which address community concerns in the Lower East Side neighborhood.  Proposals should feature a strong community engagement element.

Possible issues include physical and cultural displacement, resiliency, small business survival, affordable housing, community health, and access to public space.  (For more insight into local demographics and issues of concern, please see Community Board 3’s Statement of Needs

Deadline:  August 1, 2019

Proposals will include an artist statement, resume, history of community-based collaborations, description of proposed project and its connection to community concerns in the Lower East Side, and work samples.

Commissions include a $5,000 artist fee and $1,000 budget for materials.  FABnyc staff will fully support the project through its implementation and public presentation.  All projects will take place in either spring or fall of 2020. Finalists may be asked to participate in an interview.  Decisions will be announced in September 2019.


Click here to apply


For questions regarding the application, please email ryan@fabnyc.org



Come work with us!  FABnyc is seeking a Director of Programs.

FAB is seeking a full time Director of Programs to shape and implement its arts and community engagement programming.   The role includes working with the Executive Director on all aspects of programming, including community partnerships, artist commissions, support for local organizing, and initiatives which help sustain member cultural organizations across the Lower East Side.  

The ideal candidate will have

–  Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills

–  Capacity to take leadership on projects while thriving in a collaborative environment

–  Experience with community partnerships and public engagement

–  Strong knowledge of the field and practice of community engaged art

–  Excellent organizational skills; can set goals and follow through with accountability

–  Manages time effectively with multiple projects at play

–  Fluency with Mac platforms; ease with Google Apps and Slack

–  A commitment to inclusion and equity that has informed their work and familiarity with an intersectional approach to social justice

–  Excitement about the work FAB is doing in the Lower East Side

–  Bilingual in English and Spanish and/or graphic design skills a plus.

We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s Degree or equivalent experience, with at least 3-4 years working in the nonprofit arts.  We prefer a candidate with a background in community based arts, civically or socially engaged arts practices, and/or cultural organizing. 

Full Time.  Compensation $48,500 plus benefits.  

Location:  FAB office at Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street.


Please complete application which includes submission of a cover letter and resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by July 20, 2019 or before.

As we are a small organization, please be advised that we cannot respond to all inquiries. We cannot accept phone calls and/or follow up emails. Only candidates for consideration will be contacted.

FABnyc has a strong commitment to principles of diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender/ gender identity/ gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.  People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ folk, and members of other historically marginalized groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Help Return the Stanton Parkhouse to community use!!

Photo by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez

Thanks to everyone who showed up to make ‘It’s Our Park Day’ at the Stanton Building a success! Our photo albums have more from the afternoon street fest and the evening projections.

We’re working with the Stanton Building Task Force to advocate for the return and re-opening of the building for community use. Local residents have been advocating for this for years — yet the NYC Parks Department continues to keep the building as a boarded up storage site.
Please join with your LES neighbors and sign our petition!

Click here to sign