Lower East Side History Month (LESHM)

May is getting close, spring weather has finally arrived, and we are getting excited for Lower East Side History Month! Join us and more than 80 community groups, cultural organizations, and businesses in an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. 

Taking place during May, LES History Month is an umbrella for a variety of affordable public events, exhibits, workshops, and tours taking place in the historical Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City.

Stay tuned for weekly updates on events happening around the neighborhood, and check out the events calendar on our new website. Don't forget to like LES History Month on Facebook and follow/tag #LESmonth on Twitter and Instagram!  

 

Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

Special kickoff activities include ‘LES Stories’, an interactive project encouraging anyone and everyone to share memories and images of the Lower East Side on the city’s pavements; and the Lower East Side Community Heroes Awards, which aims to highlight underappreciated heroes in the neighborhood.

We are also pleased to announce our newest blog series, FABRIC. Every month, we will focus on specific threads of the Lower East Side's complex cultural fabric, exploring how LES culture shifts - and is shifted by - the myriad forces at work in the city and neighborhood. We will be highlighting many, many different themes including language, LES heroines, anarchy & activism, and East Village recovery from the recent explosion.

Twitter: #LESmonth #LESstories
Facebook: LES History Month

Welcoming Our New Executive Director, Risa Shoup

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the FABnyc board, I'm so pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Risa Shoup.

Risa is thoughtful, innovative, and deeply knowledgeable about the needs of artists. She has practice at building community through collaborations and brings to FAB a unique combination of skills in both cultural programming and civic planning. We feel very fortunate to have her join the FAB staff and are excited about moving forward with Risa's leadership.

Ryan Gilliam, Chair


Dear Colleagues, Artists, Residents, and Friends,

I am:
grateful,
excited,
proud,

to assume the role of Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block. I am so thankful to the staff and board, with some extra appreciation for the amazing Tamara Greenfield, who have worked so hard to create a strong foundation from which we can grow. Our greatest asset is our community, and I am so eager to work with all of you as I settle into my new life at FABnyc.

Many of the most formative moments from my early days working in the arts come from experiences I had working with and visiting the theaters, galleries, studios, and myriad other cultural institutions in the Lower East Side. In my new role at FABnyc, I look forward to helping preserve the history of this vibrant community while looking ahead to a future ripe with possibility.

FABnyc will continue to be a supportive leader in the cultural ecology of the Lower East Side. But I do not use this metaphor lightly: we depend on one another, not just for survival, but for innovation, advancement and success. I am excited to merge my past work with our present foundation to create new opportunities for artists, residents, and institutions in this incredible community. Working together we can accomplish more than we can even conceive of individually.

To going fourth together!

Risa

Load OUT! 2015 Thank You

Photo by Whitney Browne

Thank You...

 for another incredible Load OUT! This year, we welcomed over 200 artists, students, and local residents who helped us give many tons of objects that would otherwise be waste new lives. Thanks especially to our partners Ged Merino, engaged the public in making sculptures from old shoes and fabric (that will be donated to typhoon victims in the Phillippines); the S.H.I.T. List; and the LES Ecology Center, Wearable Collections, and United War Veterans Recycling for recycling pick up.

 

See more images from Load OUT!

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