Co-sponsored by Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Council Member Stephen Levin, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to law on May 11 that requires the Department of Cultural Affairs to form a cultural plan by July 1, 2017. The plan will engage the public to help map where arts activities exist and where they need additional support to more equitably connect communities to culture across NYC. An additional goal is to integrate culture into other sectors of government, including public health, criminal justice, city planning, economic development and education.
NOCD-NY testified in support during the bill’s development process. NOCD-NY Co-Director Caron Atlas joined Kemi Ilesanmi of The Laundromat Project and Amy Sanaman from Groundswell to reiterate priorities in this announcement article in The Wall Street Journal.
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, ARTs East New York and Spaceworks also responded to the plan in this article in Gotham Gazette.
NOCD-NY plans to be an active partner and participant in the development of the cultural plan. What do you want to see? What are your priorities for culture in your community? Tweet your ideas @nocdny using #culturalplan. And stay tuned for opportunities to participate in town halls, focus groups, or public events to share your priorities.
Photo: Dennis Redmoon Darkeem for The Laundromat Project