One Percent for Culture

Statement from John F. Calvelli, Chair, One Percent for Culture Steering Committee

11.6.2013

Statement from John F. Calvelli,
Chair, One Percent for Culture Steering Committee


New York, NY - November 6, 2013

On behalf of One Percent for Culture, which includes a coalition of 553 organizational and business partners, 60 prominent culture advocates on the campaigns Advisory Council, and more than 25,000 supporters, I congratulate the winners of the New York City general election.

New York Citys cultural community welcomes the support of the incoming administration and New York City Council. Sixty-nine percent of those elected to a city office have signed in support of One Percent for Culture and its goal of increasing funding for cultural organizations to one percent of the municipal expense budget. That includes more than 70 percent of all New York City Council members - 76 percent of incoming members and 67 percent of incumbents. Four of the five incoming Borough Presidents and the new Public Advocate are also supportive and have committed to working toward an increase of funding to the citys 1300-plus cultural organizations.

At a mayoral forum on arts, education and culture on July 30, Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio said:
I think this is a city profoundly determined by our artistic and cultural life. I think theres a lot we can do to protect and enhance it. theres a lot we can do in the here and now and especially over a few years of build out to enhance the cultural life of this city I think we can do a lot more to protect the culture sector here including the artists, musicians, etc who are not high income which is the history of New York City, creative people who brought their energy and creativity here but did not have a lot of resources.

New York City is home to more than 1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists. New York City's cultural community is a broad spectrum that includes performing arts centers, dance troupes, orchestras, non-profit theater companies, museums, community arts programs, zoos, botanical gardens, and more. These elected officials represent a strong future for non-profit culture in New York City and have noted the importance of increasing the funding to the cultural community that makes up the fabric of the city.

Non-profit culture creates more than 120,000 jobs and generates $8.1 billion in economic activity. More than 24 million tourists are drawn to the citys world-class cultural offerings each year.

Over the past three years, One Percent for Culture has continued to grow and generate support for an increase in funding to New Yorks nonprofit cultural organization to one percent of the municipal expense budget annually. These organizations, although vital to the economic health of the city, currently receive less than one quarter of one percent (0.22) of the municipal expense budget.

Following is a list of elected officials that have signed in support of increasing the citys financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget:

Citywide

Letitia James, Public Advocate Elect

Borough-wide

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President Elect
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President Elect
Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President
Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President Elect

City Council (in alphabetical order)

Fernando Cabrera, City Council Member - district 14 (Bronx)
Margaret Chin, City Council Member - Member - district 1 (Manhattan)
Andrew Cohen, City Council Member Elect - district 11 (Bronx)
Costa Constantinides, City Council Member Elect - district 22 (Queens)
Robert Cornegy, City Council Member Elect - district 36 (Brooklyn)
Laurie Cumbo, City Council Member Elect - district 35 (Brooklyn)
Raphael Espinal, City Council Member Elect - district 37 (Brooklyn)
Julissa Ferreras, City Council Member - district 21(Queens)
Dan Garodnick, City Council Member - district 4 (Manhattan)
Vincent Gentile, City Council Member - district 43 (Brooklyn)
Vanessa Gibson, City Council Member Elect - district 16 (Bronx)
Corey Johnson, City Council Member Elect - district 3 (Manhattan)
Ben Kallos, City Council Member Elect - district 5 (Manhattan)
Peter Koo, City Council Member - district 20 (Queens)
Andy King, City Council Member - district 12 (Bronx)
Rory Lancman, City Council Member Elect - district 24 (Queens)
Brad Lander, City Council Member - district 39 (Brooklyn)
Steve Levin, City Council Member - district 33 (Brooklyn)
Mark Levine, City Council Member Elect - district 7 (Manhattan)
Alan Maisel, City Council Member Elect - district 46 (Brooklyn)
Melissa Mark-Viverito , City Council Member - district 8 (Manhattan/Bronx)
Darlene Mealy, City Council Member - district 41 (Brooklyn)
Carlos Menchaca, City Council Member Elect - district 38 (Brooklyn)
Rosie Mendez, City Council Member - district 2 (Manhattan)
I. Daneek Miller, City Council Member Elect- district 27 (Queens)
Annabel Palma, City Council Member - district 18 (Bronx)
Antonio Reynoso, City Council Member Elect - district 34 (Brooklyn/Queens)
Donovan Richards, City Council Member - district 31 (Queens)
Ydanis Rodriguez, City Council Member - district 10 (Manhattan)
Helen Rosenthal, City Council Member Elect district 6 (Manhattan)
Ritchie Torres, City Council Member Elect - district 15 (Bronx)
Mark Treyger, City Council Member Elect - district 47 (Brooklyn)
Jimmy Van Bramer, City Council Member - district 26 (Queens)
Mark Weprin, City Council Member - district 23 (Queens)
Jumaane Williams, City Council Member - district 45 (Brooklyn)
Ruben Wills, City Council Member - district 28 (Queens)

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

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.

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