FABnyc strengthens the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side.
FOURTH ARTS BLOCK (FABnyc) is a neighborhood nonprofit founded in 2001 by cultural and community groups to:
- purchase 8 properties from NYC and secure them as permanently affordable spaces for non-profit arts and cultural organizations;
- coordinate the resultant public-funding capital campaign for the renovation of these properties; and
- advance the East 4th Street Cultural District, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.
In so doing, FABnyc led the development and conversion of 100,000 square feet of cultural space, marketing, and promotion of the district.
The East 4th Street Cultural District is nationally recognized as an incubator for new work and its outstanding records for racial and ethnic diversity, free and low cost programs, and training for emerging artists and youth. Today, it is home to more than a dozen arts groups, 10 cultural facilities, and 17 performance and rehearsal venues, attracting an annual audience of more than 250,000, serving over 2000 artists, and providing more square feet of active cultural space than any other block in New York.
FAB turns 15 in 2016. We have expanded to support and promote the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side, using the work we have done in the East 4th Street Cultural District as a model for our engagement with the neighborhood-at-large.
FAB provides community building resources for neighboring organizations, activates underutilized space through Dance Block, promotes sustainability through Load OUT! reuse and recycling events, energizes public space with our FABLES public art initiative, celebrates the dynamic history of the LES through Lower East Side History Month,and elevates the visibility of our amazing community through our online blog, FABRIC.