A number of common themes emerged over the past eight months, and through it all, we heard loud and clear: New Yorkers value arts and culture—and they want more of it.
New Yorkers want equitable distribution of arts and culture across the boroughs. Arts and culture have positive effects on individuals, neighborhoods, and regions, but these impacts are not evenly distributed. Residents want to see greater support for culture in New York’s under-resourced neighborhoods and historically under-represented communities.
Build on our strength. New York City has a long history of supporting arts and culture which has produced a rich and varied cultural landscape. New Yorkers place a high value on these cultural assets and want to see a healthy, growing cultural ecosystem.
The staff and leadership of the city’s arts and culture sector should more fully reflect the diversity of our city’s population. New Yorkers want to ensure that their communities are reflected at all levels of the city’s cultural organizations—now and into the future.
Quality arts education for every student. Parents, educators, and students themselves want access to arts, culture, and science curricula and programming—both in and out of school—that reflects the practices, histories, and cultures of all New Yorkers.
Neighborhood culture matters. Residents want to protect and support local organizations that serve local audiences, local or locally relevant artists, and programming that speaks to local histories and identities.
Arts and culture are for all. New Yorkers want to see barriers removed and access increased in order to create, present, and enjoy arts and culture regardless of income, race, ethnicity, age, immigration status, gender identity, and disability identity.
Spread the word. Residents want better, more streamlined ways to access information about cultural programming available across the city.