Support ABC No Rio
On June 29, 2006 ABC No Rio took ownership of the site at 156 Rivington Street.
To date, we have raised over $1.5 million in private funding for our Building Fund, much of that from our own community of artists, activists, performers, patrons and supporters. From people who believe in what we do, and who want to see ABC No Rio continue and to further develop the resources, facilities and programs we offer.
Thanks to our City Council Representative Margaret Chin, former City Council representative Alan Gerson, and the Council's Manhattan Delegation, along with former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and the offices of both Mayor DeBlasio and former Mayor Bloomberg through the Department of Cultural Affairs, we have received over $5.25 million in City capital funding for construction costs for our new building over the past several years.
Additionally, the project was awarded $275,000 from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and over $250,000 from New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) to implement our Passive House design.
Last year we moved our project over to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The transfer took longer than expected, but will allow for much greater flexibility in project management and administration. It's also easier for EDC to incorporate our private funds into the project.
In 2015 we received an additional $1.5 million in City capital funding for our project. We're grateful to our City Council representative, Margaret Chin, and to the Mayor and the Department of Cultural Affairs for this support. The additional funds will allow us to expand the scope of our first phase of construction.
As we prepare for construction, we're planning "ABC No Rio in Exile," our programming during the construction period. This will provide a renewed and focused orientation towards collaborative work that brings ABC No Rio back to its roots. We will initiate and participate in projects with other organizations and venues, giving us the opportunity to expand our reach to new audiences and new potential supporters and to increase the involvement of new artists, musicians, poets and performers in ABC No Rio's programming.
This interim period will be challenging. The support we have received from the City has been important, but your support is critical and vital to ensuring we successfully complete construction, transition through our "exile" period and ultimately expand our reach.
As we plan for this dynamic and exciting future, ABC No Rio remains a place where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.
Continued public support is necessary for us to meet the challenges ahead.
The battle to secure ABC No Rio has been waged through Do-It-Yourself volunteerism, art and activism, without giving-in or selling-out to corporate sponsors.
Our 'culture of opposition' goes back almost thirty years to our founding.
We need your help to continue this tradition.
Secure on-line contributions by credit card can be made to ABC No Rio's Building Fund through PayPal. Please make a donation today.
Gifts by check or money order should be made payable to ABC No Rio and sent to:
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
ABC No Rio is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to ABC No Rio are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consult your tax advisor with any tax-related queries.
Thank you for your support.