One Percent for Culture

One Percent for Culture Campaign Kicks Into High Gear With Support from Celebrity Advocates Including Sigourney Weaver, Laurie Anderson, John Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Hakeem Nicks, and More


One Percent for Culture Campaign Kicks Into High Gear With Support from Celebrity Advocates
Including Sigourney Weaver, Laurie Anderson, John Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Hakeem Nicks, and More

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

Coalition at 531 organizational and business partners

New York, NY - July 12, 2013 The political season in New York City is in full-swing and New Yorkers are making their voices heard in support of the citys iconic cultural community.

The One Percent for Culture campaign, 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, continues to grow and generate increasing support from New Yorkers in all five boroughs since its inception.

The One Percent for Culture Advisory Council has expanded to 54 prominent advocates of New York City culture. This diverse group includes well known names from the arts and entertainment industry like actor Sigourney Weaver, actor John Turturro, artist Laurie Anderson, actor Annabella Sciorra, and New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The Advisory Council also includes prominent leaders from New Yorks business and cultural communities including Jonathan Tisch and Tim Zagat.

The coalition recently surpassed 500 organizational and business partners throughout all five boroughs in each of the 51 city council districts. These coalition partners are united in seeking a commitment from the city to ensure that the citys non-profit cultural organizations receive one percent of the municipal expense budget annually. More than 25,000 individual New Yorkers have also signed the One Percent for Culture appeal in support of this important investment.

Each member of the advisory council and coalition have lent their names in support of increasing funding to the organizations that inspire and teach young artists, musicians, actors, and dancers the same organizations and individuals that draw millions of tourists to the city and draw much needed tourism dollars to the citys communities and neighborhood businesses.

One Percent for Cultures coalition grows every week as organizations, and businesses join with prominent New Yorkers to add their voices in support of an increase in city funding for culture, said Heather Woodfield, Executive Director One Percent for Culture. Our Coalition Partners and Advisory Council members understand that nonprofit culture supports the city in many ways by providing economic benefit while enhancing the quality of life in our communities.

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. Over 24 million tourists are drawn to the citys world-class cultural offerings each year. 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.

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, botanical gardens, and more.

About One Percent for Culture: One Percent for Culture is nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that does not support, oppose or endorse candidates for elective office.

One Percent for Culture is a non-partisan, 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.

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

One Percent for Culture steering committee, advisory council, and coalition partners:

One Percent for Culture Steering Committee

15 Members

Frederick Beinecke, President of Antaeus Enterprises; Trustee of the National Gallery of Art and Wildlife Conservation Society
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
Jenny Dixon, Director, Noguchi Museum
Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Adam Huttler, Executive Director, Fractured Atlas
Lynn Kelly, President & Chief Executive Officer, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens
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
Norma Munn, Chair, NYC Arts Coalition
Cristyne Nicholas, CEO, Nicholas & Lence Communications LLC
Voza Rivers, Chair, Harlem Arts Alliance
Peter Vallone Sr., Former Speaker, New York City Council

Complete list of One Percent for Culture Advisory Council (Alphabetical)
54 - Total to Date

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
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.
Jonathan D. Green, Independent Director, Annaly Capital Management, Inc. and Vice Chairman, The Rockefeller Group, Inc.
Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block
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
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; Board of Governors, General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
Gifford Miller, Former Speaker, New York City Council
Paul Nagle, Executive Director, Cultural Strategies Initiative
Adam Natale, Director, SVA Theatre
Hakeem Nicks, Player, New York Giants
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 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
Claire Shulman, Former Queens Borough President
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
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
Tim Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat

Complete list of One Percent for Culture Coalition Partners (Alphabetical by Borough)
-- All NYC boroughs and all City Council Districts are represented
531 - Total to Date


Actuator Inc.
African American Women In Cinema
Belmont District Management Association
Bronx Art Space
Bronx Bricks, LLC
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
Bronx Childrens Museum
Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx Council on Environmental Quality
The Bronx County Historical Society
Bronx Dance Theater
Bronx House School for the Performing Arts
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx River Art Center
Bronx River Sankofa
Bronx Teen Health Center
Bronx Times Reporter
The Bronx Tourism Council
Bronx Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society)
City Island Civic Association
Community Board 11
Comprehensive Films, Inc.
Creston Avenue Baptist Church
Elisa Contemporary Art
Fordham Road Business Improvement District
Friends of Brook Park
Friends of the Hudson River Greenway
Goodwill Industries (149th St.)
HOGAR Garden Plaza
Hunts Point Multi Service Center/Chemical Dependence Program
Jerome Gunhill Business Improvement District
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Lehman College Art Gallery
Life in a New World
Lightning Graphics
Mid Bronx CCRP ECC #3
Montefiore Medical Center
The New York Botanical Garden
New York Urban League
New York Theatre Workshop
NYPL Bronx Center Library
Phipps Community Development Corporation
Project Y.E.A.H.
Rain Eastchester Senior Center
Ranachqua Foundation
Riverbay Fund
Sebco Senior Program
South Bronx Mental Health
SUNY North Bronx Outreach Center
TAMMI - Technology Art Movie & Microbusiness Incubator
Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation
Wave Hill
Westchester Square Business Improvement District
Westchester Square Merchants Assn.
White Plains Road DMA


Above Construction
Above Glamour
Abraxas Stage Company
ActNow Foundation, Inc.
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
Alzheimer's Poetry Project
Art Gowanus
Art in Odd Places
Arts and Democracy Project
Arts in Bushwick
Asian American Arts Alliance
Astella Development Corp
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Bay Ridge Parks & Waterfront Council
BNS Sessions
Brave New World Repertory
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn
The Brick Theater, Inc.
Brighton Beach BID
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Aquarium Society
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)
Brooklyn Beach Shop
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Childrens Theatre
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Philharmonic
Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Steppers
Brooklyn Streetcar Artists' Group
Brooklyn the Borough
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
Center for Performance Research
Central Amusement International LLC
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
Chez Bushwick, Inc.
Community Board 9
Community Board 13
Community Mayors, Inc.
Coney Island Dancers
Coney Island Generation Gap
Coney Island History Project
Coney Island Polar Bear Club
Coney Island USA
Cool Culture, Inc.
Crown Heights Film Festival
Dance Theatre Etc.
De Nonno Productions, Inc.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Driven Local
DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
Enrico Caruso Museum of America
Exit Strata
Freedom Academy High School
Friends of Kaiser Park
Galapagos Art Space
Gargiulos Restaurant
Genspace NYC
Gowanus Art and Production
grafilicious inc.
Granola Lab
Greenwood Historic Fund, Greenwood Cemetery
Groundswell Mural Project
Hawthorne Corners Day Care Center
Heart of Brooklyn
Heritage Foods USA
Heritage Radio Network
Hip-Hop Theater Festival
Hip Tot Music Festival
Human Impacts Institute
Ifetayo Cultural Arts
il Fornetto
Irondale Ensemble Project
Italian American Writers Association
Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Kentler International Drawing Space
Kim Holleman Studio
League of Independent Theaters
LIFE/John Coker Earlylearn Center
Lola Staar Boutique
Mari Meade Dance Collective
Marie Claire Photographie
Mediterranean Celtic Cultural Assoc.
Michael Rodi, Attorney at Law, P.C.
The Mud/Bone Collective
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art
Nathans Famous
New York Aquarium (The Wildlife Conservation Society)
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Transit Museum
NU Hotel
The OMNI Ensemble
Open Source
Opera Company of Brooklyn
Operating Theater
Orange Fog Studio
Our Goods
Over/Under Productions
P & H Soda Co.
Page 73 Productions
Patrice Hall & Associates, LLC
The Phoenix Concerts
Pizza Wagon
Prospect Park Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Quest Youth Organization
Racoco Production
Regina Opera Company
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council
Rising Phoenix Repertory
RS Communications and Media
Ruby's Bar and Grill
Sackett Bar
Self-Leadership Strategies
Shelley Della Rocca
South Brooklyn Youth Consortium Inc.
Sponsored by Nobody
St. Ann's Warehouse
Summit Coverages, Ltd.
Tabla Rasa Gallery
Theatre is Easy (
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
The Toy Museum of New York
Toms Coney Island
Toms Restaurant
Turning Point
Two Tablespoons
United Photo Industries
United Pugliesi Federation
Urban Glass
Voice Vision Web Design
The Waterfront Museum
Times Up
Weeksville Heritage Center
West Indian American Day Carnival Association
Winston Thompson & Co.
Wyckoff House Museum
Young Dancers in Repertory
Zshuk Art Initiative


3-Legged Dog
59 Souls Inc.
A2Z Tech Group, Inc.
Absolute Ensemble
Agencia International, Inc.
Aleathia's Original Artwork
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
Alliance for the Arts
Alloro Restaurant
American Federation of Musicians, Local 802
American Globe Theatre, Ltd.
American Indian Artists, Inc. (AMERINDA)
American Museum of Natural History
American Tap Dance Foundation
Amore Opera
Amsterdam Reunion Organization
Armitage Gone Dance studios
Arthur Reel Studio
Art for Progress
Arts & Business Council of New York
The ArtsConnection Inc.
Asian American Film Lab, Inc.
Asian CineVision
Astoria Films
Aubin Pictures
Baby Does NYC
Ballet Ambassadors
Ballet Tech Foundation
Barretto Bay Strategies LLC
BBAUER Ventures, LLC
Between the Seas Festival
Big Apple Circus
Blue Bayer Design NYC
Bond Street Chocolate
Bowery Arts & Science
The Center for Arts Education
Central Park Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, Inc.
Charas, Inc.
Childrens Museum of the Arts
Childrens Museum of Manhattan
City Lore, Inc.
Clemente Soto Vlez Cultural & Educational Center
Collective Unconscious
Community Works NYC
Cooper Square Committee
Corporate Performance Artists
Cosmopolitan Dental
Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO)
CSEA Local 1000
CUE Art Foundation
Cultural Strategies Initiative
Dance New Amsterdam
Dance Parade NYC
Dara Barr, LAC
DCR Companies
Dicapo Opera Theatre
Drama Committee Repertory Theatre
Democracy for NYC
Develop Culture
Dixon Place
Doug Varone and the Dancers
Drama Committee Repertory Theatre
Dwight School
DynaMax Realty NYC, Inc.
East Harlem Business Capital Corporation
East Harlem Restaurant & Bar Association (EHRBA)
El Museo Del Barrio
Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture/U.S.
Fat Baby
The Field
First Dominican Museum
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
The Flea Theater
Food Karma Project
Fontanelli Productions
Forest Hills Financial Group
Fractured Atlas
Free Arts NYC
Fresh Twist Media
Gargiulo's Restaurant
Gerard Partners LLC
Good Beer Seal
Grassroots Harvest
Green Map System
Group Theatre Too
Guides Association of New York City
Harlem Arts Alliance
Harlem Gourmet Caf
Harlem Opera Theatre
Harlem Stage
I Giullari Di Plaza
Ingk Labs
Institute for Civic Leadership
The Institute for Wishful Thinking
Italian American Studies Association
J Goldstein PR
Jak Burke Industries
Japan Society, Inc.
Jimbe Photography
Jimmy's No. 43
Jonathan Slaff And Associates
KBI Media
Kostume Kult
LAByrinth Theater Company
Lark Play Development Center
The Laundromat Project
Law Office Of Wendy Tso, P. C.
Legalize Dance NYC
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
Liberata Dance Theatre, Inc.
Lincoln Center Theater
Literacy Inc.
The Little Hair Shoppe
Little Italy Merchants Association
Live Out Loud
The Living Theatre
Long Island City Alliance
Los Feliz
Lower East Side Ecology Center
Lower East Side History Project
The Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY
LSA Family Health Service
M&M Environmental
Mabou Mines
Make Music New York, Inc.
Making Books Sing
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Matts Grill
The Maysles Institute
Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble
The Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Midtown International Theatre Festival
Moving Visions Inc.
Movement Research
Mr. Aubrey's Show Kids
Municipal Art Society
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
Musiquarium, Inc.
MYO Holdings LLC
Nathan's Famous
The National Black Theatre
National Visual Artists Guild
New York City Arts Coalition
New York City Ballet
New York City Hospitality Alliance
New York City Opera
New York Classical Theatre
New York Live Arts
New York Theatre Workshop, Inc.
New York Women in Film & Television
New World Stages
No Longer Empty
NY Artists Unlimited
NYC Art Tours
On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program
Opus Dance Theatre & Community Services, Inc.
Peculiar Works Project
Pemart Productions
Pen Parentis
Performance Space 122
Phoenix Project, NYC
Pitch Control Public Relations
Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC
Plastic Bag Mandala
Poetas con Caf
Pop World, Inc.
Post Literate Productions
Practice Marketing
The Present Theater Company/FringeNYC
Primary Stages
Project Y Theatre Company
Prosperity Art Program
The Public Theater
Puccio Fine Art
Pulse Ensemble Theatre
Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
Ramos Management
Rod Rodger Dance Studio and Co.
Rosalie Joseph Casting
The Rosen Group
Rubin Museum of Art
Salt and Sea Mission
Sambuca's Caf
San Matteo
School of Hard Knocks
Seven Loaves, Inc. (GOH Productions)
Small Pond Enterprises LLC
SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
Solar One
Souleo Enterprises, LLC
Splice Design
Spitzers Corner
TACT/The Actors Company Theatre
Take Wing and Soar Productions
The Tank
terraNOVA Collective
Theatre Development Fund
The Theatre Museum
Tindari Productions International
Tiny Fork
Umbertos Clam House
The Uni Project
Uranium Productions
Villar-Hauser Theatre Development Fund
Wash and Dry Productions
WHCR Emergency Broadcasting Team
Womens Project Theater
World Dance Initiative
Zoe Lou


The Artists Objective
Astoria Performing Arts Center
Bella Italia Mia, Inc.
C & G Cleaning Service
Calling All Parties
The Chocolate Factory Theater
The Clyde Fitch Report
Cultural Collaborative Jamaica
Dutch Kills Civic Association
Elechtric Dance/Second Housing Association
Flushing Town Hall
Friends of the Queens Library at Hunters Point
Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and NJ (37th Ave Queens)
Gospel Josh
Gfreelance LLC
Healthy Jenny Wellness Inc.
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc.
JingRu Shen Art Studio
Kupferberg Center, Queens College
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
The LIT Fund
Local Project
Long Island City Alliance
Long Island City Family Daycare
Madrid & Associates
Mare Nostrum Elements
Marina 59
Mattone Group, LLC
Museum of the Moving Image
NYC Entertainment Group
New York Hall of Science
New York ASA
Once Upon A Time, Inc.
Over/Under Productions
Paul D. Sforza Jr., MD, PC
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Chamber of Commerce
Queens Symphony Orchestra
Queens Theatre
Queens World Film Festival
Queens Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Rajkumari Cultural Center
The Summarily Dismissed
Take a Break & Ill Bake
Tasteful Croatian Journeys
Thalia Spanish Theater
Variations Theatre Group
YANA Services

Staten Island

Alice Austen House
Art Lab, Inc.
Conference House Association
Gruppo Italia
The Harbor Lights Theater Company
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Post Exterminating Co., Inc.
Primordium Holdings LLC
Richmond County Orchestra
Riverside Opera Company
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Staten Island Arts (COAHSI)
Staten Island Children's Museum
Staten Island Museum
Staten Island OutLOUD
Staten Island Zoo

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