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Rich Johnson

Meet Rich Johnson, 2014 Fellow

Meet our 2014 Fellows!


Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Recently I began working with the Theater for the New City as the assistant director for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Crystal Field, the executive director, is a huge source of inspiration for me. She has been running the festival for 19 years with a true dedication and passion for bringing the arts to the LES and providing a spotlight for the local artists there.


Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

The Abrons Arts Center is a very special place for me. I see an enormous amount of potential in the facilities and programs run there. Right in the center of three very different cultural hubs, this is a place where music, art, theatre, and dance bring people together daily, regardless of what language you speak or where you came from.


What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

Besides the virally infected creatures that feast on humans, I often find myself thinking about the film “I Am Legend”. To me, this film reminds me of the importance of community and our natural desire for human connection. In a city where we are surrounded by millions of people, it’s strangely easy to feel alone and disconnected. It’s important to not take for granted the fact that we have access to so many talented people around us and not be afraid to make a new connection each day, even if it lasts just a minute.


If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

I would like to explore the sounds we hear as New Yorkers and why they matter!


See the full list of 2014 Fellows here.

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