SUSTAIN – FABnyc in partnership with Downtown Art

September 17, 2016, All Day
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SUSTAIN was previously a suite of projects that FAB presented to increase environmental awareness, sustainability, and money-saving greening efforts for member organizations and individual artists in the LES. Among these projects, the research and implementation of creative solutions to the challenges of urban sustainability on the block (see: model block brochure) and the now beloved Load OUT! emerged and remains strong.

This fall, we extend Load OUT! activities into a broader day of SUSTAIN, encouraging recycling, reusing, and repurposing in our daily lives. Co-presented by FABNYC & Downtown Art, activities include textile-making workshops as well as an opportunity to participate in the NYC Cultural Plan!


Here is what you can expect from the day:

September 17, 2016


>> Load OUT! @ DMAC & Rod Rodgers Lot, 11 E. 3rd Street | Joined by our friends at GrowNYC & Transportation Alternatives

>> esa hosts – The Rag Upcycle @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street

>> Create your own Kooker – led by Lexy Ho-Tai, brought to you by FAB @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street (12PM-2PM)

8PM – 12MN

>> esabitchin’ – where fashion runway meets art exhibition @ DTA Theater, Enter on 70 E. 4th Streetfeaturing Study NY, zero waste daniel, and Lindy Fox.


>> bake sale 11am – 2pm @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street
>> Participate in the NYC Cultural Plan! 11am – 2pm @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street – Engage with young artists at DTA and answer important questions about the availability of cultural services in their neighborhood – and comment on what additional services YOU would like to see added. Get your voice is heard in the creation of New York City’s first cultural plan!


Special thanks and supporting partners
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Duo Multicultural Arts Center

With additional support from
LES Ecology Center
United Veterans for War Council
Wearable Collections


Load OUT!
11AM-2PM @ Rod Rodgers & DMAC Lot, 11 E. 3rd Street
Load OUT! is FABnyc’s well-loved creative recycling and repurposing riot during which FAB brings together gently used materials from arts organizations throughout the East Village and LES. Take home costumes, props, and furniture for your next artistic endeavor — there’s something for everyone!.
Event page here
If you are an organization/theatre interested in donating, email Nadia, our Director of Programs.
If you are individual seeking to donate, please make sure you review this page here.

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esa hosts – The Rag Upcycle
11am-2pm @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street
Learn to upcycle a beautiful handmade art piece out of what you might otherwise think of as trash. Create everything from a pot holder to a dreamcatcher out of repurposed fabric scraps donated from the cutting room floors of local fashion houses and designers. Think zero waste every day.

Create your own Kooker led by Lexy Ho-Tai & brought to you by FAB
12pm – 2pm @ DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd Street
Kooker SmallKookerville is the world where your inner child goes to when it’s been lost. It’s a world filled with play, curiosity and, of course, KOOKERS! All Kookers are made from found/ recycled materials, and spontaneously bring joy all around New York City!

This is a workshop materiality, sustainability, and collaboration: Collaboratively create a Kooker on site, using recycled materials readily available and learn to rethink materials and develop your own unique textiles with Lexy Ho-Tai. You may also bring materials such as old fabrics and bottle caps to contribute to a Kooker. Come play!

8pm – midnight @ DTA Theater, Enter from 70 E. 4th Street
$10 – buy tickets here

Fashion runway meets art exhibition as esa brings Study NY, zero waste daniel, and Lindy Fox together to showcase their beautiful and sustainable pieces on live models who will be just as much part of the crowd as you! Ask questions and create conversation with ethically conscious community members amidst live music, drinks, fashion, and art!



Participate in the NYC Cultural Plan!
Participate in engagement activities which include the young artists of DTA initiating conversations with YOU about how you see cultural services here in the Lower East Side (& beyond!)

Bake Sale
Join Downtown Art for their bake sale by Ryan Gilliam from 11am – 2pm at the DTA lot!

SUSTAIN is co-hosted by FABNYC & DTA

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