A Note of Thanks – 10.31.18

Dear Community,

I want to pause to send you a note of thanks.

The work we do in the Lower East Side is often long-term and the difference we make can be slow-moving and incremental.  But every once in a while, something changes in a very definite way.

FAB was just involved with such a change — and it seems right to mark it and to share it with you, because you’re part of this story.

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LES Arts Weekend 2018

Learn about opportunities for artists — residencies, fellowships, workshops, classes, affordable workspace — from 17 Lower East Side arts organizations!  


Info sessions at Downtown Art

70 East 4th Street
Each hour includes presentations by arts organizations
followed by a question & answer period if time permits.

Artists Alliance (Visual Arts)
Art Loisaida (Visual Arts)
ABC No Rio (Visual Arts)

Downtown Art (Performance)
FABnyc (Multi Disciplinary)
The Poetry Project (Literary)
Frigid New York @ Horse Trade (Theater)

Loisaida Inc (Multi Disciplinary)
Rod Rodgers Dance (Dance)
IATI Theater (Theater)
New York Theatre Workshop (Theater)

Magnum Foundation (Photography)
Swiss Institute (Visual/Performance)
Creative Time (Multi Disciplinary)


Info sessions at other sites

Saturday October 20

WOW Cafe Theatre (Theater)
59 East 4th Street, 4th Floor

Sunday October 21

Duo Multicultural Arts Center (Multi Disciplinary)
62 East 4th Street

Teatro Circulo (Theater)
64 East 4th Street

Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Multidisciplinary)
236 East 3rd Street

IATI Theater (Theater)
64 East 4th Street


Offsite Event descriptions

WOW Cafe Theatre
6:30pm  Saturday Oct 20; includes free passes for 8:00pm show
59 East 4th Street, 4th floor

WOW began in 1980 as an international women’s theatre festival. Any woman and/or trans person is welcome to get involved in any aspect of making theatre. WOW has no Artistic Director nor any centralized control over the works that appear, and Producers have artistic liberty to produce what they desire. ALL are welcome to join us in a circle, similar to the one we meet in during our weekly meetings, for an open Q and A session about creating work within a collective.  We will end the session with a few “games” and interactive activities inspired by Theatre of the Oppressed. Saturday, September 21st 6:30-7:30p (join us after for our production of Resilience, a devised piece co-created with WOW Cafe Theatre artists and guests.)


Teatro Circulo
12pm Sunday, Oct 21
64 East 4th Street

Teatro Circulo promotes and preserves Latino cultural heritage through commissioning, producing and presenting creative, inclusive theatre works.  All programs presented in Spanish.


Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC)
12pm  Sunday, Oct 21
62 East 4th Street

Join us at DMAC for a three floor tour of this historic arts center. After an introduction in the DMAC theater you will go to the second floor where there is a recreation of Gertrude Stein’s Paris Salon with iconic paintings from her collection which Mr. Alasa has recreated. Color light harmony and balance come to life before your eyes. On the third floor is a contemplative installation that was first seen as public art behind in the woods behind Lil Beach, the nude beach on Makena Beach Maui. Spiritual and reflective in nature.


Nuyorican Poets Cafe
1pm Sunday, Oct 21
236 East 3rd Street

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.”


IATI Theater
1pm Sunday, Oct 21
64 East 4th Street

IATI Theater is a Bilingual Latinx Theatre Company that provokes introspection through cutting-edge performing arts. We support multicultural, diverse and underserved communities while harnessing and empowering unique voices.




Living in Sanctuary: an evening with Cinthya Santos-Briones

Freedoms Town Hall with photographer Cinthya Santos-Briones

Documentary photographer Cinthya Santos-Briones will share her latest work from her ongoing, long-term project about undocumented families living in sanctuary in New York City Churches. Sanctuary is the last alternative for keeping families together while they fight for a suspension of deportation. Cinthya’s work centers the emotional, psychological, and political impact of taking sanctuary, while showing the poignant, quiet, and tender moments of establishing home, routine, and community.

Joining will be Angelo Guisado, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Anu Joshi, Immigration Policy Director at the New York Immigration Coalition

Help Return the Stanton Parkhouse to community use!!

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

Taste of The East Village

Join FABnyc and many others at the The Cooper Square Committee 3rd annual Taste of the East Village Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6th from Noon to 5 pm. The fundraiser benefits their housing preservation, tenant and small business rights organizing work. In the past year, they have lead a successful city-wide campaign to reform the city’s code enforcement and strengthen tenant rights. In April, they completed the development of the Bea Arthur Residence for homeless LGBT youth, and the 18 residents moved in during the month of May.

Click here for tickets and more info



It’s Our Park Day

Please join the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, Green Map System, University Settlement, and FABnyc for It’s Our Park Day. A neighborhood festival supporting the return of the Stanton Street building to community use.

Saturday, September 15

Afternoon session — 2pm-5pm
The afternoon will include speeches from organizers and local representatives along with live music, dancing and martial arts lessons, art-making activities, free bike repair services, a youth bike helmet giveaway, and opportunities to get involved in the campaign.

Evening session — 8:30pm-9:30pm
The evening will feature projections by The Illuminator of artwork made during the afternoon session along with historical images from the site and neighborhood visions for the Stanton Street building’s future.

The Stanton Building Task Force was formed by the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, University Settlement and Green Map System to return a NYC Park building to the neighbors of the park. Though the building was built for community use in 1934, the building became storage for all of Manhattan’s parks following the city’s financial crisis of the 1970s. Despite promises dating back to 1998, now, twenty years later, there is progress to report and new ways to get involved.

Support the return of the Stanton Street building for community use!