Venture Fourth: A Benefit to Support FABnyc

Design by Larry Buchanan

For the fifth year, FABnyc returned to the breathtaking views of the Penthouse at The Standard, East Village. We are extremely grateful to the Standard, East Village and all of our sponsors for hosting us. 

Couldn't make it? Support FABnyc with a contribution at

Lower East Side History Month (LESHM)

May has come and gone, but we're still feeling the spirit of Lower East Side History Month! We had an incredible time with the more than 80 community groups, cultural organizations, and businesses in an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. 

Visit our new website to remember the great times we shared, and don't forget to like LES History Month on Facebook and follow/tag #LESmonth on Twitter and Instagram! You can also follow our blog, FABRIC, for more histories and futures of the Lower East Side. Every month, we will focus on specific threads of the Lower East Side's complex cultural fabric, exploring how LES culture shifts - and is shifted by - the myriad forces at work in the city and neighborhood.



Twitter: #LESmonth #LESstories
Facebook: LES History Month

Welcoming Our New Executive Director, Risa Shoup

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the FABnyc board, I'm so pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Risa Shoup.

Risa is thoughtful, innovative, and deeply knowledgeable about the needs of artists. She has practice at building community through collaborations and brings to FAB a unique combination of skills in both cultural programming and civic planning. We feel very fortunate to have her join the FAB staff and are excited about moving forward with Risa's leadership.

Ryan Gilliam, Chair

Dear Colleagues, Artists, Residents, and Friends,

I am:

to assume the role of Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block. I am so thankful to the staff and board, with some extra appreciation for the amazing Tamara Greenfield, who have worked so hard to create a strong foundation from which we can grow. Our greatest asset is our community, and I am so eager to work with all of you as I settle into my new life at FABnyc.

Many of the most formative moments from my early days working in the arts come from experiences I had working with and visiting the theaters, galleries, studios, and myriad other cultural institutions in the Lower East Side. In my new role at FABnyc, I look forward to helping preserve the history of this vibrant community while looking ahead to a future ripe with possibility.

FABnyc will continue to be a supportive leader in the cultural ecology of the Lower East Side. But I do not use this metaphor lightly: we depend on one another, not just for survival, but for innovation, advancement and success. I am excited to merge my past work with our present foundation to create new opportunities for artists, residents, and institutions in this incredible community. Working together we can accomplish more than we can even conceive of individually.

To going fourth together!


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