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Makes Sense: Fourth Arts Block (or FAB) Is On Fourth Street

The Fourth Arts Block (FAB) organization opened its doors – and those of member theaters on East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery in the East Village – during Saturday’s Open House New York (OHNY) events.

Executive Director, Tamara Greenfield provided an overview of the street, its history and the opportunity ahead.

A large collection of arts and community organizations form the core of FAB which was founded in 2001. Along with BAM, this is only one of two Cultural Districts designated by the City.

The arts groups represent some of the best and most forward-thinking of their respective genres in the world. This is the East Village, after all!

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance
Cooper Square Committee
Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association
Creative Time
Downtown Art
DUO Multi-Cultural Arts Center
La MaMa E.T.C.
Millennium Film Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop
Paradise Factory
Rod Rodgers Dance School
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Teatro Circulo
Teatro IATI
Works In Progress
WOW Café Theatre

8 member theaters officially bought their buildings for $1 from the City in 2005 and many have been approved for funding that will allow them to renovate facades, for example, while maintaining their mission of bringing great productions to the area.

One small consolation to finger-in-your-eye developments such as The Cooper Square Hotel and Bowery Hotel is that they may help bring new patrons who want to buy tickets from theaters on the growing arts block.

More links:

Interesting article on the history of 62 East 4th Street including Andy Warhol’s influence.

La MaMa’s blog

DUO Multicultural Arts Center‘s blog

Jon Jost, Videomaker at Millennium Film Workshop‘s blog

Creative Time blog