On July 24, 2014, NYC Council Member Stephen T. Levin introduced a bill (Int. No.419.) that would amend the NYC Charter to include a comprehensive cultural plan for the city of New York. Although the general duties of the Department of Cultural Affairs are already outlined in Chapter 67, this bill would required a more detailed plan to be established and reviewed every two-years. On May 18th, 2015, the bill was signed into law and a draft of the plan is now due early 2017, with the final plan to be approved on July 1, 2017.
A Citizens Advisory Committee along with a community facilitator/plan developer (Hester Street Collaborative) have been selected by the DCA to gather community input and develop the plan. On closer inspection, a majority of plan is being developed based on the community's needs as consumers. However, in order to build a more robust cultural plan we must recognize that communities are also the producers and cultivators of arts & culture. Equally as important, communities are where cultural workers are situated—therefor the plan needs to consider ways to A) cultivate and protect community-based arts & culture; as well as consider ways to B) support and improve the livelihood of artists and cultural workers within these communities.
The danger of not considering artists and cultural workers at this point in time would neglect and important part of New York City's cultural ecology.
March 24, 2017 - NYC - Strength in Numbers with Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think Tank
October 27, 2016 - Brooklyn - Sunview Luncheonette (meet-up)
July 24, 2016 - Brooklyn - Brooklyn Museum (workshop)
Dec. 10, 2015 - Brooklyn - Sunview Luncheonette (meet-up)
artists of color bloc, Culturally Activated Museum Professionals (C-CAMP), and Art Handlers Alliance (AHA) have been working independently on a series of demands for the plan. Soon to be posted here, please check back or sign up to our mailing list for more info.
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