Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Arts and Culture at Citywide Forum - Photos and Video Available
Video of all candidates available on YouTube. Video credit: One Percent for Culture
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New York, NY
Teachers College, Columbia University, Young Audiences New York (YANY), and One Percent for Culture hosted The Future of Education, Arts and Culture in New York City: A Conversation with the Mayoral Candidates and New Yorkers of All Ages on Tuesday, July 30 at the Joyce Berger Cowin Center at Teachers College. Kurt Andersen, the host and co-creator of Studio 360 on Public Radio and Leonard Lopate, host of WNYCs The Leonard Lopate Show, served as moderators for the event.
Participating candidates included: Sal Albanese, Ceceilia Berkowitz, John Catsimatidis, Randy Credico, Bill de Blasio, Anthony Gronowicz, Jack Hidary, Abiodun Laurel-Smith, Joe Lhota, John Liu, George McDonald, Christine C. Quinn, Erick Salgado, and William Thompson.
Additional invited candidates included: Hilda Broady-Fernandez, Adolfo Carrion, Neil Grimaldi, Walter Iwachiw, James McMillan, Carl Person, and Anthony Weiner.
It was remarkable to have New York City's Mayoral candidates discussing issues impacting arts education, said Robert Riesenberg, Young Audiences New York Board President. Young Audiences New York is proud to be creating a dialogue for partnership, so that together we can impact children's learning not only in school, but in all aspects of their lives.
Speaking to a room of over 800 attendees in individual conversations with the moderators, candidates discussed the role that education, the arts, and culture play in shaping New York's future. Candidates varied on their answers to questions such as: would it be feasible to devote one percent of the citys municipal expense budget to cultural organizations; should Board of Education members include educators and artists; and how can the city ensure artists arent priced out of neighborhoods they helped build. When asked if they would restore or increase dedicated arts funding in the budgeteffectively guaranteeing that a portion of city funds are devoted to arts education every yearall 14 candidates expressed their support of the policy goal.
I was excited to hear of the candidates' plans to support education and the arts, which are indispensable to the creative, cultural, and economic vitality of this city, said Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College. As the go-to place for education policy, arts education and research, Teachers College looks forward to working with the next mayor to ensure a successful future for our young people and all New Yorkers.
Heather Woodfield, Executive Director, One Percent for Culture, said: This was the first mayoral forum where the candidates answered questions about the role of culture in the next administration. New York City nonprofit culture creates jobs, spurs economic development, provides supplemental education to New Yorkers of ages, and plays a vital role in community development and sustainability. One Percent for Culture looks forward to seeing how the next mayor of New York City will support the cultural community and utilize this resource to benefit all of our neighborhoods.
One Percent for Culture, Teachers College, and Young Audiences New York are nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that do not support, oppose or endorse candidates for elective office.
About One Percent for Culture: One Percent for Culture is a nonpartisan, grassroots, five-borough campaign whose mission is to demonstrate the value of culture to New York City. The campaign will generate support 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. www.oneforculture.org.
About Young Audiences New York: YANY unlocks the power of the arts to educate and inspire all young people of New York both in school and in life. With an emphasis on collaboration, YANY partners with New York City schools to design a customized blend of residencies, performances, family activities and professional development that will best meet the needs of their communities. YANY believes that arts education fills a critical need in our schools' curriculum, one that creatively engages students and prepares them for a rapidly changing world full of challenges and opportunities. www.yany.org.
About Teachers College, Columbia University: Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nations best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology. www.tc.edu
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New York City's 1,300 plus cultural organizations and thousands of artists are essential to the economy and identity of the city, creating more than 120,000 jobs and generating $8.1 billion in economic activity. And yet, nonprofit culture receives less than one-fourth of one percent of the overall city expense budget.
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