One Percent for Culture

Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn Announces Support For The One Percent For Culture Campaign

4.25.2013

Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn Announces Support For The One Percent For Culture Campaign


Councilman Lander joins the growing coalition of cultural, business, civic leaders and artists

Campaign seeks to generate support for an increase in the citys financial commitment to the 1,300-plus cultural organizations in the five New York City boroughs

New York, NY - April 25, 2013 Councilman Brad Lander, District 39, Brooklyn, announced his support for the One Percent for Culture Campaign, further strengthening the growing coalition to increase funding for New York Citys cultural community.

The Councilman represents a culturally vibrant area of Brooklyn and is the Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. His support lends important political clout to the rapidly growing coalition of cultural, business, civic leaders and artists throughout all five boroughs who recognize the vital role of the citys 1,300-plus non-profit cultural organizations.

We must invest in our cultural institutions, or risk losing much of what makes New York a unique and wonderful place to live or visit, said New York City Councilman Brad Lander. In my district, we have a Participatory Budgeting program that allows residents to vote on projects for funding in their neighborhood. Through that process, it has been clear that cultural institutions are a priority for my constituents.

One Percent for Culture is an an unprecedented collaboration across New York Citys cultural and business communities aimed at educating New Yorkers about the value of non-profit culture to New York City. The city has made great strides by increasing capital support for cultural organizations over the past decade, and this campaign seeks to ensure that the next administration understands the vital role culture plays in our city. Only with future operating support can these investments in our cultural organizations provide long-term benefit to all New Yorkers.

The coalition, which has grown to 405 members, seeks to garner a commitment from the city to ensure that non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs receive one percent of the municipal expense budget annually. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have already signed the One Percent for Culture appeal in support of investment in cultural organizations.

One Percent for Culture is an unprecedented collaboration across New York Citys cultural and business communities aimed at educating New Yorkers about the value of non-profit culture to New York City. Nearly 24 million tourists are drawn to the citys world-class cultural offerings each year. Non-profit culture creates more than 120,000 jobs and generates $8.1 billion in economic activity according to the latest data from the Municipal Art Society. Despite the measurable value of culture to the citys fiscal health, non-profit cultural organizations currently receive less than one-fourth of one percent of the overall city expense budget.

Said Heather Woodfield, Executive Director One Percent for Culture: Councilman Lander's support for One Percent for Culture is proof positive that an increase in funding for culture is a politically viable idea that will benefit our communities and economy. New Yorkers understand that cultural organizations and artists help build and sustain vibrant, thriving communities throughout the city. Nonprofit culture is vital to our economy and increasing city funding for culture is a sound investment in our city's future.

New York City is home to more than 1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists. These organizations and individuals create jobs, attract customers to merchants, and generate revenue for small businesses. They stimulate the minds of the citizens and tourists and provide vital supplemental education to millions of New York City students. New York City's cultural community is a broad spectrum that includes performing arts centers, art galleries, dance troupes, orchestras, non-profit theater companies, museums, community arts programs, zoos, and more.

For more information about the One Percent for Culture campaign or to join the coalition, please visit www.oneforculture.org.

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