FAT FRIDAY was created from a spirit of generosity. In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the event was founded to provide much-needed relief to and support for the musicians and cultural legacy of New Orleans.
Over the years, the event has grown in size and reputation and has been able to support a number of charitable organizations in New Orleans and New York City—and one of the worthiest social justice projects we know. The FAT FRIDAY charities include:
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation funds programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events, including the free after school music program of the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music at the brand new George & Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, a free after school music program for kids age 11 to 17.
The Roots of Music teaches, supports and empowers New Orleans’ youth through music education, academic support and mentorship while preserving and promoting New Orleans’ unique musical and cultural heritage.
FIGMENT is a free, interactive, participatory art event that catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and their communities to find new ways to create, share, think and dream. Founded in NYC in 2007, FIGMENT has grown to over a dozen cities in four countries on three continents in 2016, with more likely to be added in 2017.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Their state-of-the-art center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and high school girls. Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families. LESGC’s mission is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. LESGC members perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make the right relationship choices, grow academically, value wellness, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and connected adults.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.