The Fortune Society’s 10th Annual Arts Festival
Saturday, June 17 | 12 – 6pm
Rain Date: June 24

Celebrate community, liberation and healing through the Arts with the Long Island City-based non-profit dedicated to building people, not prisons. Enjoy family-friendly festivities, including hands-on art-making workshops, live music, spoken word performances, food for purchase and more. More details to come!

Bring some sunblock, grab a blanket or chair, and hang out with us on the waterfront!

The event is free, no RSVP required.


Fortune Artists

  • Dave Coleman
  • Rev. Keith Finesse Gadson 
  • Estiward Mejia Roque
  • Donel “Lotus” Davis 
  • David Stewart
  • Marshall McDermitt Mr Spadez
  • Rubi Hochland
  • Charles Hawkins 
  • Mic Ruiz
  • Neville Hesop
  • Daniel Kelly
  • Rhon Sanchez
  • Helen Taylor 
  • Marvin Wade
  • Hilton N. Webb
  • Ronnett “Pink” Cordett
  • Felix Guzman
  • Clemese Jack
  • Rosyln Svendsen 
  • Erobos Lamashtu OKA “E”
  • Ryan “Blustone” Bennett
  • Gerard Tanella
  • Jonathan Finkleman 
  • Julie Herrnkind
  • Nestor “Panama” Eversley
  • Omar Miller 
  • Sarah Moreno
  • Samantha White
  • Mitch the Poetic Portrait
  • Becky Jane Dunham 
  • GEO
  • Miriam Hansberry
  • Jessica Rose 
  • Louis Jean

Contributing Artists

  • Jenny Polak
  • Laura Cerón Melo
  • Mario Wright
  • John Runowicz
  • Vinny DiVito
  • Nick Evans
  • Lee Kim
  • Bob Krasner
  • Hula Nation
  • Cinthia Pimentel
  • ingrid romero
  • Alyson Fraser Diaz
  • Andrew Tate
  • Robert Baldridge
  • Gordon Edelstein
  • Jamie Maleszka
  • Robert Rose
  • Adrian Greaves
  • Karen Hajdu

Good Eats
Makina Food Truck
J&A Craving Catering


12:00 pm – Kick-off of Festival
12:30 pm – Welcome
12:30 pm & 4:30 pm – Crown Making Workshop w/ Lee Kim
1:00 pm – Theater for the People
1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – Hula Hooping w/ Hula Nation
2:30 pm – Terrarium Building Workshop w/ Becky Jane Dunham and Jenny Polak

2:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Live Music & Spoken Word

All Day

– Screenprinting w/Laura Cerón Melo, ingrid romero and Alyson Fraser Diaz
– Visual Art Exhibition by Fortune Artists 
– Information & Resources from Freedom Agenda on the campaign to close Rikers Island
– Food for sale from Makina Cafe and icees J&A Craving Catering 

Free, Drop-in, no RSVP required



The Fortune Society 

The Fortune Society’s (Fortune) mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. The agency offers support to New Yorkers following the trauma of legal system involvement and incarceration and helps to bridge the many systemic divides that are barriers to individual and community success. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Since the organization’s inception more than 50 years ago, Fortune has been committed to using the restorative capacities of art and art-making to promote healing through the arts and to help to realize possibilities for more just collective futures.

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The Fortune Society’s 10th Annual Arts Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.