Staying Power
by Ariana Faye Allensworth
Commission in Progress 

For the Lower East Side iteration of Staying Power, artist Ariana Faye Allensworth will expand upon a collaborative, multidisciplinary art and research project that celebrates the people’s history of New York City public housing in the neighborhood through photography, personal collections, and interview with residents. The project offers counter-narratives to the stereotypes surrounding the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) through the lens of residents raised and living in NYCHA.

Equal parts online archive, community collaboration, and public art project, FABnyc will support Ariana in the production of a public project and growth of an online archive to help preserve residents’ histories, and claim agency in the telling of narratives around public housing. The first iteration of Staying Power was supported by the Laundromat Project

Interested in sharing your public housing story? Apply to add your story to the Staying Power public archive here

Ariana Faye Allensworth is an artist and strategist whose work explores the connections between cultural production and radical social change. She has over 10 years of experience building and leading programs in museum and non-profit settings, with a primary focus on arts education and organizational development.

She currently works as a Senior Design Lead at IDEO and has previously held positions at The International Center of Photography, The Center for Cultural Power, Cultural Engagement Lab, Youth Speaks, Urban Arts Partnership, and New Design High School. Ariana is also a founding member of the New York City chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Her work builds upon interests in liberatory education, visual culture, spatial politics, and community-based research.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and African & African-American Studies from Fordham University.