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Phone: 212-228-4670
61 East 4th Street
New York
New York 10003

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Target demographics: FAB and its members are known for their outstanding records of outreach, racial and ethnic diversity, artistic ingenuity, free and low cost programs, and training for emerging artists and youth. Each year these cultural organizations serve more than 1,500 artists and attract an audience of over 250,000 people.

Direct beneficiaries per year: By providing direct services and support FAB is helping reduce costs for artists and audiences and increasing opportunities for resource sharing. FAB's collaborative initiatives benefit its members and dozens of resident companies and artists participating in their programs, non-member arts groups whose primary location is the East Village/Lower East Side, audiences from the neighborhood and throughout the tri-state area, as well as tourists drawn to the history and vitality of the East 4th Street Cultural District.

Geographic areas served: East Village & LES (NYC)

Programs: - District Development & Leadership: the conversion of 100,000 square feet into active arts space, streetscape improvements, cultural heritage, greening, and public art on scaffolding and other public sites.
- Artist Services: ongoing resources and targeted consulting to support the capacity and growth of arts organizations in the East Village & Lower East Side
- FAB Lab: innovative solutions to longstanding challenges, from ticketing and booking to energy efficiency and community development.
- Community Partnerships & Festivals: FAB! Festival & Block Party celebrates the diversity of artists in our community, Pride Goes East unifies neighborhood LGBTQ culture, Downtown Art’s NYC Street Festival of Young Artists & Leaders showcases youth programs, East Village Eats connects theater and dining.
- Visitors Services & Marketing: promotion of East Village/LES as a cultural destination through website, media, rush ticketing and operation of the East Village Visitors Center - now located in the FAB Café

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) was founded in 2001 by a coalition of performing arts groups to preserve and advance the East 4th Street Cultural District as a center for diverse, experimental art for our community. Today, FAB serves as an advocate for the cultural district and our members, overseeing the renovation of more than 100,000 square feet of arts space, marketing the neighborhood as a cultural destination, supporting artist’ growth and capacity, and developing a new model of collaborative artistic leadership.
FAB is successfully promoting the district as a cultural destination. FAB festivals, free outdoor performances, maps, and a ticketing program have helped increase visibility and generate enthusiasm for the district's arts groups. E-marketing and discount ticketing through our centralized website and storefront visitors' center are helping increase revenue. Unified performance festivals and promotions, such as the FAB! Festival and Pride Goes East, provide valuable opportunities for arts groups to showcase their work and cultivate new audiences. FAB's façade and streetscape improvement program, public art programs, performance parties, open houses and tours, also heighten the visibility of performing arts groups. In December 2010, FAB opened the FAB Cafe & East Village Visitors Center to connect residents and visitors to deeper cultural experiences in our community.

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FAB is one of the best art related organizations I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As a musician I have had several occasions to perform at their events over the past several years and will continue to do so whenever they ask. I am not one who normally volunteers my time but for the ... more »
Fourth Arts Block is an inspiring example of how concerted community effort can help to support a thriving local cultural economy and a vibrant neighborhood. FAB’s promotional work on East 4th Street attracts curious audiences of thousands and it’s work to provide affordable space to artists ... more »
FAB is in the truest sense of the word just FABulous! The staff is so friendly and they really care about "their" theaters and artists, I don't even know how much overtime the FAB ladies spent in the office since I first met them. The whole block feels like home for me and I think it's no ... more »
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