FAB was founded as a coalition of cultural and community groups fighting displacement, so cross sector partnerships are in our bones. We continue to be a cultural partner to many community groups, bringing arts strategies to their organizing work on neighborhood needs. Sustainability is a long-time concern for FAB; we host recycling events, have led white roof installations on 4th Street, and are an active advocate and member of LES Ready! Small businesses play a huge role in defining neighborhood culture – so we work with Cooper Square Committee to fight small business displacement. We celebrate local history and culture, pushing back against its erasure with initiatives like LES History Month, which engages over 80 organizations. And in 2018, we’re launching The People’s LES, to amplify the stories of local people, and forming new partnerships with community groups to build cultural equity across our area.
Image credit: Raul Ayala, Resiste Mural, 2017