Friday, May 11th, the City Council Arts & Small Business Committees will be holding a joint hearing, which will include testimony on Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts.
We hope you can join us at 10am in the 16th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway, in Manhattan. It will be important to have as many people as possible there.
NOCD-NY has been in discussion with the City Council about having a hearing over the last year and we are delighted that it will finally be happening. We have given them recommendations for people to testify and provided background on NOCDs and our priority recommendations. Having a lot of people there will show that New Yorkers value NOCDs and believe that they should be supported. We hope that you will be able to join us on May 11 at 10am.
Oversight: New York City’s Cultural Sector and Derivative Businesses
Jointly with Small Business and Cultural Affairs.
New York City offers a wide array of music, dance, film, theater and art. These diverse cultural offerings range from world-class theater to local community art galleries. The city’s vast and diverse cultural institutions and cultural sectors are an economic engine that has the power to transform neighborhoods, has served as the backbone of the city’s tourism industry, and arguably has the widest and broadest reach of any of the city’s business sectors. A hearing would examine the city’s cultural sector from a small business perspective and discuss ways the City can create opportunities for small businesses via its cultural institutions and cultural districts. The hearing would also discuss the role that Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts (NOCD) can and do play in the city’s small business economy.