FABnyc is a team of  artists and organizers working to preserve, sustain, and grow the cultural vibrancy of the Lower East Side neighborhood.

FABnyc was founded in 2001 by a coalition of cultural and community nonprofits on East 4th Street to save their homes. Today our commitment to sustaining the cultural character and diversity of the community extends across the LES: from 14th Street to Canal, from Bowery to the East River.

FABnyc works in partnership with the community – bringing artists and arts strategies to
– Fight physical and cultural displacement
– Build collective power and collaboration
– Increase equity and access to cultural resources and public space
– Support local resiliency and community health

Read our 2018/19 annual report



Ryan Gilliam
Executive Director of FAB and Downtown Art

Patrick Jaojoco
Director of Programs

Dakota Devereux Scott 
Managing Director

Imani Vieira
Programs and Communications Manager

Janeill Cooper
Administrative Assistant


Molaundo Jones, President
Founder, The Clever Agency
Art Services Manager, Queens Council on The Arts

Ela Troyano, Secretary
Independent Filmmaker
Consultant, Creative Capital

Lee Ann Gullie, Treasurer
Director Of Philanthropy, Make-A-Wish Metro New York

Tomie Arai
Member, Chinatown Art Brigade

Dipti Desai
Director of  The Art, Education, and Community Practice Program at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Winston Estevez
Associate Artistic Director, IATI Theater

Jasmina Sinanovic
Financial & Administrative Director, The Center for LGBTQ Studies
Member, WOW Cafe Theater Collective



New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
City Councilmember Carlina Rivera
City Councilmember Margaret Chin
New York City Small Business Services

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Humanities NY

La Vida Feliz Foundation
New York Community Trust
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Con Edison
Harkness Foundation for Dance
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
New York University Community Fund
University Settlement
LES Ready!