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 $4.5 million in 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.
2014 had a rough beginning: the bids we received when we put the project out to bid in early 2014 came in higher than our available funding; it was a tremendous disappointment. Last spring, however, we began discussing a better and more efficient way to move forward with the Department of Cultural Affairs. We then moved the project over to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which allows for much greater flexibility in project management and administration. It's also easier for EDC to incorporate our private funds into the project.
In October, we learned that 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. Everyone - including EDC and the construction management team they will bring on board - is enthusiastic about the project getting off the ground. We plan to put the project out to bid again in spring 2015, and begin preparations for the first phase of construction.
The end of 2013 also saw some good news Ñ the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) selected our project to participate in their Alternative Buildings Program, and awarded the project over $250,000 to implement our Passive House design. Passive House focuses on achieving deep building energy use reductions. The method features super-insulated thermal envelopes, high performance windows, robust air sealing, energy recovery ventilation, passive heating/shading, and high efficiency lighting and appliances.
As we prepare for construction for this first phase of our project, we are also planning "ABC No Rio in Exile," the continuation of our programming during the construction period. This period 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.
It has been an exciting period for us, as we not only plan for the future, but also see the City share your recognition of ABC No Rio's importance, and your confidence in ABC No Rio's mission, purpose and plans for the future.
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.