Two videos for the USBnyc campaign are online

United for Small Business NYC (USBNYC) is a coalition of community organizations across New York City fighting to protect New York’s small businesses and non-residential tenants from the threat of displacement, with a particular focus on owner-operated, low-income, minority-run businesses that serve low-income and minority communities.

As a member organization we have made a contribution of two videos to support the campaign. Check them out below or on

USBnyc Campaign Video: Commercial Vacancy from FABnyc on Vimeo.

USBnyc Campaign Video: Tenant Harassment from FABnyc on Vimeo.


2019 Open Call – Two Artist Commissions

FABnyc is issuing an open call to artists with a history of working in the area of arts and social justice.  FABnyc will commission up to 3 artists for projects in 2020 which address community concerns in the Lower East Side neighborhood.  Proposals should feature a strong community engagement element.

Possible issues include physical and cultural displacement, resiliency, small business survival, affordable housing, community health, and access to public space.  (For more insight into local demographics and issues of concern, please see Community Board 3’s Statement of Needs

Deadline:  August 1, 2019

Proposals will include an artist statement, resume, history of community-based collaborations, description of proposed project and its connection to community concerns in the Lower East Side, and work samples.

Commissions include a $5,000 artist fee and $1,000 budget for materials.  FABnyc staff will fully support the project through its implementation and public presentation.  All projects will take place in either spring or fall of 2020. Finalists may be asked to participate in an interview.  Decisions will be announced in September 2019.


Click here to apply


For questions regarding the application, please email



Come work with us!  FABnyc is seeking a Director of Programs.

FAB is seeking a full time Director of Programs to shape and implement its arts and community engagement programming.   The role includes working with the Executive Director on all aspects of programming, including community partnerships, artist commissions, support for local organizing, and initiatives which help sustain member cultural organizations across the Lower East Side.  

The ideal candidate will have

–  Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills

–  Capacity to take leadership on projects while thriving in a collaborative environment

–  Experience with community partnerships and public engagement

–  Strong knowledge of the field and practice of community engaged art

–  Excellent organizational skills; can set goals and follow through with accountability

–  Manages time effectively with multiple projects at play

–  Fluency with Mac platforms; ease with Google Apps and Slack

–  A commitment to inclusion and equity that has informed their work and familiarity with an intersectional approach to social justice

–  Excitement about the work FAB is doing in the Lower East Side

–  Bilingual in English and Spanish and/or graphic design skills a plus.

We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s Degree or equivalent experience, with at least 3-4 years working in the nonprofit arts.  We prefer a candidate with a background in community based arts, civically or socially engaged arts practices, and/or cultural organizing. 

Full Time.  Compensation $48,500 plus benefits.  

Location:  FAB office at Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street.


Please complete application which includes submission of a cover letter and resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by July 20, 2019 or before.

As we are a small organization, please be advised that we cannot respond to all inquiries. We cannot accept phone calls and/or follow up emails. Only candidates for consideration will be contacted.

FABnyc has a strong commitment to principles of diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender/ gender identity/ gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.  People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ folk, and members of other historically marginalized groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Help Return the Stanton Parkhouse to community use!!

Photo by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez

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