FAB’s advocacy work is deeply rooted in our historic success of securing 8 formerly City-owned properties as permanently affordable spaces for non-profit arts and cultural groups. From this experience we gleaned a unique understanding of the policy behind land use and development, the needs of organizations working to fight displacement, and we formed strong relationships with appointed and elected officials. We have carried this knowledge and these relationships forward into our mission to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side.

FAB feels strongly that the success of healthy, safe, affordable and culturally-rich neighborhoods depends on respectful and engaged collaborations among organizations, small businesses, residents and workers. To that end, our advocacy work is always done in collaboration; we actively seek to engage our artistic constituents in ongoing campaigns to fight displacement.

Platforms and policies we align ourselves with include: Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond (PISAB), Artists Co-Creating Real Equity (ACRE), and Movement for Black Lives.

Below is a list of our current affiliations and spaces in which we advocate for increased access to arts and culture and a more equitable distribution of financial and physical resources to ensure greater affordability, sustainability and quality of life for all New Yorkers. We urge you to click on the links below to become involved with any of these groups and actively participate in your community.

Working Groups

Community Board 3 (CB3): FAB takes on CB3’s geographical catchment area as our service area. Our former ED, Risa, is part of CB3’s Arts & Culture subcommittee.
NOCD-NY – Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY
NYC REIC – New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) – FAB is part of the ANHD’s Equitable Economic Development project and is an active member of United for Small Business NYC (USBnyc) which meets and organizes for legislature such as the Commercial Anti-Harassment bill. FABnyc advocates strongly for small business survival. Small businesses are key and formative spaces for community-building as well as a strong indicators of the cultural diversity and  vitality in a neighborhood.

FAB’s local elected officials

NY State Senator Daniel Squadron
NY State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
City Councilmember Rosie Mendez
City Councilmember Margaret Chin

In addition to the affiliations listed above, we also work closely with historic advocacy and organizing organizations including GOLES, Cooper Square Committee, Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, the East Village Independent Merchants Association, The Actor’s Fund, as well as with our elected officials (listed above) and other individual stakeholders.

Workshops & Programs


LES Ready – LES Ready is a coalition of community groups and institutions that will cooperatively coordinate our response, resources, preparedness planning and training in response to Hurricane Sandy and in the event of future disasters.

CultureAid – CultureAID (Culture Active in Disasters) is a collaborative network of stakeholders and service providers committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community – including artists and organizations – before, during, and after disasters through an organized communications system, as well as coordinated activities and services to the field.