What is your radical idea for NYC’S cultural plan?

We are hosting think-tank dinners and other events to gather artists and cultural worker input for a a cultural plan. Whether you are an individual or part of a collective, we invite you to JOIN US.

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  • Equity
  • Coming soon:
    Social & Economic Impact
    Affordability
    City Wide Coordination
    Arts, Culture, and Science Education
    Health of the Cultural Sector
    Arts & Culture in Public Space
    Neighborhood Character
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NYC Cultural PLAN - DRAFT RELEAsE May 15, 2017

NYC Cultural Plan Adivsors and Facilitators

Equity Section based pages 7-8 in What We Heard.pdf . We assume that based on the feedback they are recieving from an online feedback form, we assume some of these will stay while others may be left out of the final plan, or possibly modified for the plan.

  • Equity

    The fair, just, and equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly or by contract; the fair, just, and equitable distribution of public services and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice, and equity in the formation of public policy.
  • Create a more equitable distribution of funding for arts, culture, and science
  • 1) Support arts and cultural organizations with a primary mission of serving historically underrepresented and underserved communities.
    1. a) Encourage and facilitate the employment of people from diverse communities.
    2. b) Support individual artists who are from or work with diverse communities.
  • 2) Continue to invest in City-owned cultural assets and the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), increasing support for those in low-income communities.
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  • Increase diversity in staff and leadership of arts, culture, and science organizations
  • 1) Encourage and support affirmative and inclusive employment policies.
    1. a) Encourage all Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) grantees to establish policies and plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    2. b) Measure and evaluate progress regularly.
  • 2) Encourage and support the professional development and career advancement of cultural workers from underrepresented groups.
  • 3) Support organizations that serve or operate within underserved communities.
    1. a) Partner with DCLA grantee organizations on professional development and capacity building.
  • 4) Expand diversity, equity, inclusion, and unconscious bias training for DCLA staff and grantees.
  • 5) Encourage and support increased language access, including ASL, for cultural programming and funding opportunities to reach broader, more inclusive audience.
    1. a) Provide information in multiple languages and formats.
    2. b) Increase languages represented on DCLA and re-grant panels.
    3. c) Support translation-related expenses for DCLA grantees.
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  • Support people with disabilities at all levels of nyc’s cultural life
  • 1) Support Disability Arts as part of supporting culture and artists.
  • 2) Provide support to access-related services such as ASL interpretation, CART transcription, and audio description.
  • 3) Specify in all DCLA communications including requests for proposals and surveys that terms like “diversity” and “underrepresented groups” include disability.
  • 4) Support organizations that promote disability arts and employ, support, and serve New Yorkers with disabilities.
    1. a) Partner with DCLA grantee organizations on professional development and capacity building to increase employment of artists and cultural workers with disabilities at all levels.
  • 5) Encourage organizations to include information on accessibility accommodations and point of contact for public events.
  • 6) Increase inclusion of cultural stakeholders with disabilities on DCLA and re-grant panels.
  • 7) Participate in regular discussions with the disability and disability arts communities.
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  • Ensure that all new yorkers have access to affordable arts, cultural, and science programming
  • 1) Partner with City agencies and the cultural sector to better communicate cultural offerings across socio-economic and language boundaries.
  1. a) Potential partnerships include City Council, the library systems, and NYC Department of Education (DOE).
  • 2) Continue to support free admission, membership, or discounted programming with cultural organizations through the IDNYC program.
  • 3) Promote free arts and cultural programming throughout the city using existing communication infrastructure such as library systems and citywide campaigns.