One Percent for Culture



One Percent for Culture, a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-partisan, grassroots, five- borough coalition whose mission is to demonstrate the value of culture to New York City. We unite the cultural, business, and civic communities to collectively advocate for an increase in the city's financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community, including artists of all disciplines, to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget.


Nonprofit culture is essential to the economy and identity of New York City. More than 24 million tourists are drawn to our city's world-class cultural offerings each year, $8.1 billion in economic activity is generated by nonprofit cultural institutions, and nonprofit culture creates more than 120,000 jobs. Despite the measurable value of nonprofit cultural organizations to the city's fiscal health, public support for these organizations totals less than one-fourth of one percent of the overall city expense budget.

Our city is home to over 1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists spanning across all five boroughs, neighborhoods, and city council districts. These organizations and individuals bring jobs to our families, customers to our merchants, revenue to our small businesses, and vitality to our city. They stimulate our minds and provide supplemental education to millions of New York City students. These organizations range from performing arts centers, art galleries, and dance troupes to orchestras, nonprofit theater companies, museums, and zoos. Who can imagine a New York City without the American Museum of Natural History or the West Indian Day Carnival? Without the LAByrinth Theater Company or the Bronx Zoo?


One Percent for Culture is a diverse coalition of cultural, business, civic leaders and artists of all disciplines who will address the fiscal constraints on the city's cultural sector. The coalition will garner public support in order to illustrate the important contributions culture makes to New York City.

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Together we will demonstrate that New Yorkers all across this city support increasing funding for nonprofit culture to one percent of the municipal expense budget. Seventy-five percent of New York City elected officials have signed on in support this goal. We will partner with city law makers to ensure that investing in our cultural sector is a budget priority.

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Randall Bourscheidt, President Emeritus, Alliance for the Arts

John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society; Chair, One Percent for Culture Steering Committee

Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall

Anne Dennin, Co-Chair NYC Arts Coalition

Tino Gagliardi, President, American Federation of Musicians Local 802

Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Adam Huttler, Executive Director, Fractured Atlas

Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music

Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director, The Chocolate Factory

Mike Marinello, Director of Communications, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Advisor, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Voza Rivers, Chair, Harlem Arts Alliance


Jane Alexander, Former Director, National Endowment for the Arts

Laurie Anderson, Artist

Linda Baran, President, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Jeremy Barbera, Chief Executive Officer, Pivot Entertainment Group PLC

Frederick Beinecke, President of Antaeus Enterprises; Trustee of the National Gallery of Art and Wildlife Conservation Society

Steve Buscemi, Actor

Lenny Caro, President/CEO, Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Alfred C. Cerullo, III, President/CEO Grand Central Partnership and Commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission

Vin Cipolla, President, Municipal Art Society

Melanie Cohn, Executive Director, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island

Doreen Cugno, Co-Founder & Executive Director, St. George Theatre

Jon Del Giorno, Founding Member, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC

Helena Durst, Co-Vice President, The Durst Organization; President, New York Water Taxi

Robert Esnard, President, Manhattan Skyline Management; former Deputy Mayor for Policy & Physical Development

Alan Fishman, Chairman of the Board, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Jack Friedman, Executive Director, Queens Chamber of Commerce

Ethan Geto, Principal, Geto & de Milly, Inc.

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Jonathan D. Green, Independent Director, Annaly Capital Management, Inc. and Vice Chairman, The Rockefeller Group, Inc.

Tamara Greenfield, Co-Director, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY)

David Hallberg, Dancer

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Friends of the High Line

Hugh Hardy, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Lane Harwell, Director, Dance/NYC

Marilyn Hoyt, Former President, New York Hall of Science

Lynn Kelly, President & Chief Executive Officer, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts

Justin Krebs, Board Chair, The Tank

Terry Lawler, Executive Director, New York Women in Film and Television

Andrea Louie, Executive Director, Asian American Arts Alliance

Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

Kristin Marting, Artistic Director, HERE

Joseph McElroy, Founder, Optimize New York

Gifford Miller, Former Speaker, New York City Council

Paul Nagle, Executive Director, Cultural Strategies Initiative

Adam Natale, Director, SVA Theatre

Cristyne Nicholas, CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications LLC

Hakeem Nicks, Player, New York Giants

Victor Papa, President/Director, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

Nancy Ploeger, President, Brooklyn Arts Council

David Pollak, Director Marketing and Investor Relations, Pegasus Capital; Secretary, Eastern Caucus, Democratic National Committee

Eric Pryor, Executive Director, Center for Arts Education

Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Media; Senior Technology Advisor, Sunlight Foundation; Chairman, NY Tech Meetup

Frances A. Resheske, Senior vice President, Public Affairs, Con Edison

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director, New York City Hospitality Alliance

Daryl Roth, Producer, Daryl Roth Productions

Lisa Schiff, Former Chairman of the Board, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Annabella Sciorra, Actor

Carlo Scissura, President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Deirdre Scott, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts

Jose Serrano, New York State Senator

Claire Shulman, Former Queens Borough President

Joseph Spinnato, President and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City

Howard Teich, President, Howard Teich Network

Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts

Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance

John Turturro, Actor

Peter Vallone Sr., Former Speaker, New York City Council

Meg Ventrudo, Executive Director, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Claudia Wagner, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Sigourney Weaver, Actor

Ella Weiss, President, Brooklyn Arts Council

Aaron Welch, Partner, CEO & Co-Founder, Advomatic

Michael Woloz, Partner, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

Tim Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat