Report from Crain's Breakfast on Culture
10.7.2013On Monday, Crains New York Business hosted a breakfast panel discussion on Keeping NYs Culture Industry on the Next Mayors Agenda - a subject of primary concern to One Percent for Culture. Panelist were Yvette Campbell, President & CEO, Harlem School of the Arts, Ed Henry, President & CEO, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Claudia Wagner, Co-Chair, New York City Government Practice Group, Manatt,Phelps & Phillips LLP.
Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art gave the keynote citing economic impact of the museum and the cultural sector in total which attracted 24.5 million tourists in 2012. Ms. Rafferty shared that tourists make a significant contribution to the NYC economy as domestic cultural tourists spent more than $13 billion and international cultural tourists spent more than $15 billion making a strong case for city funding for culture. Ms. Rafferty explained that the museum signed on as a Coalition Partner of One Percent for Culture to ensure that culture is on the next administrations agenda.
All the panelist addressed the need for city government support for culture. Karen Brooks Hopkins said that, "Culture is part of the fabric or our lives and we should be investing in it." She later said that she thought supporting One Percent for Culture was one of the best ways to advocate for the cultural community. Ed Henry talked about the importance of all streams of funding for nonprofit cultural organizations including government funding stating that, "Sustainability for arts organizations is a pie...every single piece of it is critically important." Claudia Wagner highlighted that culture has an impact throughout the city saying that, "There is an increasing recognition of the value of culture to all five boroughs."
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