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, but is ending on a high note, with the prospect of beginning construction on the new building soon.
Unfortunately, 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, but we began discussing a better and more efficient way to move forward with the Department of Cultural Affairs. We moved the project over to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which gives us more flexibility in project management and administration.
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 their construction management team, is enthusiastic about the project. We plan to put the project out to bid again in spring 2015.
2013 also ended on a high note: the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) awarded our 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 the first phase of construction, we are also 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.