Fareen Islam, Deputy Director, has worked extensively with community organizations, public agencies, and private corporations to create programming, outdoor exhibitions, and research that benefit New York City’s communities through public art and urban placemaking.
At ArtBridge, Fareen has brought community-engaged art to the forefront of the organization’s programming. She co-developed the Bridging the Divide program and continues to spearhead it’s implementation at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Recovery & Resilience sites, as well as at a handful of capital project sites in the agency’s portfolio. In 2019, Fareen launched the Bridging the Divide program at the Red Hook Houses, NYCHA’s largest construction project to date, and has continued to build this program throughout the pandemic, providing opportunities for artists and residents to shape local narratives together as a community.
Fareen is a first generation Bangladeshi-American and native New Yorker. She received a Master of Science in Urban Placemaking & Management from Pratt Institute, where she was an inaugural candidate for the program. Her thesis explored various approaches to the “shared streets” transportation scheme, for democratized use of street space in NYC. Fareen also has a deep interest in disaster recovery and community-oriented resiliency, informed by her academic history at Texas A&M University’s Urban Planning graduate program and Stony Brook University’s Environmental Design, Policy and Planning program.
Prior to being named Deputy Director in 2021, Fareen served as ArtBridge’s Director of Programs.