Arts Open Call: LES African and African-American Histories

Deadline [EXTENDED]: April 5th, 2020
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Chosen projects notified April/May, 2020. Project to be produced and presented Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

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

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