On July 24, 2014, NYC Council Member Stephen T. Levin introduced a bill (Int. No.419.) to The New York City Council that would amend the NYC Charter to include a comprehensive cultural plan for the city of New York. Although the NYC Charter chapter 67 already contains the general duties of the Department of Cultural Affairs, this bill would required a more detailed plan to be established. Additionally this plan would be shaped by a Citizens Advisory Committee with community input. On May 18th, 2015, the bill was been signed into law and the development of the final plan will delivered July 1, 2017.
On closer inspection of the NYC City Charter, in relation to the Cultural Plan (Chapter 67, Section 2506), the needs of the community are viewed as that of consumers: what are communities' needs in terms of arts & cultural? 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 were artists and cultural workers are situated—therefor the plan needs to consider the wellbeing and livelihood of artists and cultural workers which should include workers' rights and equal opportunities in relationship to museums, arts councils, residencies, and non-profit re-granters.
The danger of not considering artists and cultural workers at this point in time would neglect and important part of the cultural ecology—can you imagine a museum without artists and cultural workers?
Artists of Color Bloc, Culturally Activated Museum Professionals, and Art Handlers Alliance have been working 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.
Winter meet-up: Artists & Cultural Workers United! (TBA)
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