TOMORROW: Ideas City StreetFest 

Be there! 

On FABnyc’s recent convening for our SUSTAIN project with Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design: 

“Strengthening communities can get people out of their individual shells and lead to more involvement in and buy-in of local eco practices, which in turn can get people thinking on the larger global level since the world is, after all, just a much larger community.”

- David Bergman in EcoOptimism

H&M’s NEW Garment Recycling Program “According to H&M, as much as 95 percent of clothes that end up in a landfill every year could be re-worn, reused or recycled. The company says it wants to reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle and create a closed loop for textile fibers."  H&M’s garment recycling program will encourage shoppers to donate their used clothes by offering a 15% discount of their next purchase for each bag of clothing donated.  Learn more about H&M’s Conscious program here. 

Environmental Services takes reuse & repurposing to a whole new level!

Via Hyperallergic

“For What is Yours is Mine, aside from the photographs and to-do lists, he restricts his materials to those salvaged from the studios of artists who have also exhibited at Dodge[..]

He allowed no new material other than glue (screws and nails were also used to hold the pieces together, but they were recycled from the artist’s previous exhibitions), and he had to use everything he collected, which included failed and unsold artworks by the other artists. Nothing could be thrown away.

By adhering strictly to his own precepts, along with several requested by a few of the artists, Weathersby submits to a form of discipline that can either stifle the imagination or help to liberate it.”

This exhibition is on view in the Lower East Side at DODGE Gallery through 2/17.

White Roof Project Summer Kick Off and BBQ

Painting NYC roofs energy efficient, one white roof at a time! White Roof Project Summer Kick OFF and BBQ
Rudy’s Bar and Grill  - 627 9th Ave, New York, NY
Sunday, June 2nd
1:00 - 4:00pm Learn more about WHITE ROOF PROJECT here!
$10 includes BBQ food and contributes to this summer’s painting projects!

RAGS ARE RICHES, A Costume Recycling Event 
Sunday, May 5 from 2-5pm @ Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, NYC) 

The Downtown Costume Institute and HOWL Arts present RAGS ARE RICHES, a costume recycling event to will collect and gather unused costumes and costume materials—feathers, beads, fabric, wigs, stage makeup—from the NYC creative community for free distribution to East Village performers and ensembles. 

Visit the HOWL! booth at the IDEAS CITY StreetFest on Saturday May 4 and attend our costume distribution event from 2 to 5 p.m on Sunday May 5 at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Read more about RAGS ARE RICHES at and


“The Great Struggle For Cheap Meat”, Downtown Art 

April 27, May 4, May 11 & May 18

Saturdays: 1pm and 4pm
The performance moves through the streets of the Lower East Side (Consider it a walking tour of performance and dance at multiple sites)
Music and dialogue all heard on individual headsets
65 minutes; performance covers a ten block area of NYC’s LES

Starting site: opposite 172 Norfolk Street 
between East Houston and Stanton

Adults $12 Students/Seniors $10

“The teen artists of Downtown Art take to the streets in “The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat“—based on the 1902 kosher meat strike—once more packing theater, dance, local history, and new music into a high-energy, roving rock opera.”

- “The Great Struggle For Cheap Meat” is part of this year’s IDEAS CITY Festival at New Museum (IDEAS City

We’re excited to announce that a total of 2.75 TONS were diverted from landfill at this April’s Load OUT!

In honor of Earth Day 2013, and on the heels of Load OUT!, we’re exploring other ways to reduce the impact on our environment.

Our small day-to-day efforts can add up to make a big difference! Here are some small steps we are committing to and encourage you to try:
  • Donating old sweaters, sneakers, and jeans we no longer need as part of our Spring cleaning  
  • Enjoying our morning coffee in a reusable mug instead of a disposable cup 
  • Unplugging our chargers, computers, printers and appliances when not in use
  • “Turning junk into art” aka. making something new & creative out of what we already have! 

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Tell us your creative Earth Day commitments @fourthartsblock #SUSTAINnyc. 

To learn more about sustainability efforts on a larger, city-wide scale, tune into the NYC Mayoral Forum on Sustainability TONIGHT, 6:30-8PM, by registering for the live-stream here. Enjoy your Earth Day!  

Pictured: Sustainability in public art by LNY: read more

Were you one of the thousands of New Yorkers left in darkness after Hurricane Sandy? You’ll want to read this. 

Grid off; Lights on is a collaborative installation exhibited by the New Museum (as an officially exhibited project for the Ideas City Festival) & is part of SUSTAIN, a collaborative research project of the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design and FABnyc. 

“These off-the-grid systems will illuminate streets, educate the community about light-related issues and cultivate an urgently needed dialogue on off-the-grid lighting technology as an urban climate adaptation strategy.

Rather than focusing on the purely technological aspect of lighting, this project will address the social relations that inform and are informed by the presence of light.”

Read more about the project here and on East Village Arts

SUSTAINing and Creating Change, One Breakout Group At A Time


“What does sustainability mean to you?” was one of the main questions raised at FABnyc’s Convening for Understanding Urban Sustainability: One Block At A Time on Saturday, February 23 at Cooper Union. Hosted by Fourth Arts Block(FAB) collaboration with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, the Convening brought together artists, activists, architects, city officials and members of the community to discuss the ways in which sustainable initiatives can be implemented in the East 4th Street Cultural District and beyond.

Read more about the SUSTAINability Convening here and tell us, what does sustainability mean to you?