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The Federation of East Village Artists (FEVA) is a community-based, non-profit organization that seeks to promote opportunities for artists today while honoring the contributions made by legendary artists of the East Village. FEVA's goals include: 1. Advocating for artists on myriad issues, from healthcare to funding. 2. Building studio and performance spaces in the neighborhood. 3. Creating scholarships for students to attend EVAL. 4. Developing a museum of the counterculture.
FEVA's signature activity is the HOWL! Festival, a week-long celebration of the arts that takes places in late August, which features events in venues throughout the Lower East SIde culminating with 2 1/2 days of free events in Tompkins Square Park, including Allen Ginsberg Poetry Festival, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, and Wigstock. FEVA works collectively with artists, arts organizations, business owners, community groups, and the public. Once a month, in neighborhood locales, FEVA invites artists to participate in a salon to discuss current projects in a relaxed atmosphere. With the 14th Street Y we have developed the East VIllage Arts Lab (EVAL) to present classes and events in a variety of media by artists with rich educational and professional histories throughout the year. We are creating an aural and oral history of our community by a hosting a weekly program, Radio FEVA, on www.EastVillageRadio.com. Our bi-weekly newsletter, FEVA Siren, informs membres of staff's activities as well as connecting artists through our community bulletin boards.
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