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CreateNYC Plan Proposes Funding Model Based on Diversity

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Jul 19, 2017

On Wednesday, July 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled New York City’s first cultural plan for all five boroughs, CreateNYC. The plan, which was written after extensive consultation with city residents, stakeholders, artists, and organizations, is designed to be a blueprint for the cultural development of NYC. Among its key recommendations, the plan calls for a funding model that ties resources—specifically resources allocated for the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and others—to staff and board diversity efforts.

According to Mayor de Blasio, the creation of “meaningful goals” toward staff and board diversity would “be a factor in funding decisions by the city going forward.” He went on to say, “we do this because we believe in fairness.”

In relation to arts education, the plan calls for increased funding for out-of-school time programs, more extensive professional development for teachers in culturally-responsive pedagogy, and more meaningful connections between existing city resources and arts education efforts.

While some have championed the potential change to CIG funding, critics of CreateNYC argue that it does not do enough to address the multifaceted challenges facing artists and arts organizations in New York. In response, critics released The People’s Cultural Plan for New York City.

Learn more about the plan here

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