Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
New Digs for LES Arts Org
Monday, June 29, 2009
New York, NY –
An arts organization that's been serving the Lower East Side out of a dilapidated tenement for nearly 30 years, is on its way to building a brand new community center, thanks to a grant from the city.
ABC No Rio offers the community access to their 'zine library, silk screening shop, and other collaborative arts and outreach programs. and it says the $1.65 million grant will allow it to nurture a new generation of artists.
Executive Director Steven Englander says ABC No Rio applied to the city for funding three times, retooling their request each time, before succeeding.
ENGLANDER: I think it does demonstrate that a small arts organization with some tenacity can actually raise the funds necessary to do big projects.
REPORTER: Englander says the grant demonstrates the city's support for culture, and the small arts organizations that serve as incubators for new talent.