HOWL! Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the past and celebrating the contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. Howl! Arts creates opportunities for artists to produce and show their work, and engages in activities aimed at improving the quality of life for artists and members of the creative community. Inspired by the late poet-philosopher Allen Ginsberg, ”a lifelong spokesperson for peace, justice, and freedom of expression.” Howl! Arts provides artists and audiences with the tools to join in the creative process; a window into the heritage and social history of the community; and outlets for the flourishing of diverse cultures which are the signatures of this vital neighborhood.

Howl! Board of Directors

Bob Perl, President
Bob Holman, Vice President
BG Hacker, Treasurer
Brian (Hattie Hathaway) Butterick
Riki Colon
Jane Friedman
Chi Chi Valenti
Marguerite Van Cook, President Emeritus



Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project
Gallery / Performance Space / Archive

Like the neighborhood in which it was born and the Howl! Festival that began it all, Howl! Happening is a space of untamed creativity. Howl! Happening curates exhibitions and stages live events that showcase the historical legacy and contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. It is also dedicated to preserving the archives of artists who spent their creative lives working in this vibrant community and houses the Estates of artist Arturo Vega and renowned performance artist, Tom Murrin aka The Alien Comic. The history of the East Village is still being written and Howl Happening aims to shine a light on the mix of rock and roll, social justice, art and performance, community activism, gay rights and culture, immigrants, fashion, and nightlife in the heart of the community where groundbreaking creativity and influential ideas still thrive.

Arturo Vega Foundation

Lalo Quiñones
Jane Friedman
Donovan Welsh
BG Hacker

Board of Advisors
Curt Hoppe
Marc H. Miller
Dan Cameron
Carlo McCormick

James Rubio
Anthony Cardillo
Debora Tripodi
Lisa Brownlee

Gallery Director: Ted Riederer
Program Director: Carter Edwards
Director of Development & Social Media: Michelle Halabura
Gallery Coordinator: Liz Cvitan
Videographers: Darian Brenner and Jasmine Hirst
Creative Consultant: Susan Martin
Gallery designed by Ted Kofman


HOWL! Emergency Life Project
In Partnership with the Actors Fund

A safety net for artists, HOWL! HELP provides emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual HOWL! Festival or who made or make their careers in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts communities. Services include counseling and referrals for personal, family, or work-related problems and linkage to community resources for such needs as medical care, legal services, public benefits or elder care. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics and include: affordable housing, financial education, and health insurance options. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health, and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are approved on a case-by-case basis based on need.


Howl! Festival

Named the Village Voice’s Best Outdoor Festival, Howl Festival is the quintessential community event celebrating the East Village and Lower East Side. Held inside and around Tompkins Square Park, the spirit of Allen Ginsberg comes alive as more than 350 artists, poets, and performers, including youthful new talent, light up the Main and Kid’s Stages and transform the Park into a participatory artwork infused with the creative energy, flamboyance, and panache that’s the hallmark of the neighborhood. A three-ring circus of wonderment and amusement, HOWL Festival has always been entirely FREE.



July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 8PM
Online at
I Feel Better Now, Douglas Landau
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