What We Learned

We heard from New Yorkers all over the city about a variety of topics in a variety of ways. Here is some of what we heard:

Issue Area Feedback: Equity
Equity
The rights of all people everywhere to develop their practice and traditions

75%
wish they could attend arts and culture activities more often.
 
20%
difference in cultural participation between the highest and lowest income New Yorkers.
 
50%
say that cost is a barrier to participating in the cultural life of NYC.
 
“Many low-income community members don’t feel empowered to engage in the variety of arts and culture opportunities in NYC; more needs to be done to bring the arts to low-income communities, and in bringing low-income community members to prestigious arts and culture institutions.”
—NYCHA RESIDENT, QUEENS

Issue Area Feedback: Social and Economic Impact
Social & Economic Impact
The role of arts and culture in an equitable economy and healthy communities.

250,000
Estimated number of arts and culture workers in NYC
 
$130 Billion
Annual economic impact from the cultural sector
 
“Art can be used as a tool to create connections between people, bringing them together, fostering healthy communities.”
—ART AND CULTURE WORKER, BRONX

Issue Area Feedback: Health of the Cultural Field
Health of the Cultural Field
Supporting a thriving arts and culture ecosytem.

64%
of arts and culture workers moved to NYC because of the professional opportunities.
 
75%
of arts and culture workers support their art practice with income from other-than-art sources.
 
“Make the funding process easier for small organizations. My group is tiny and is run by volunteers, but we have to do the same paperwork as the big guys. I’m doing more paperwork than art!”
—ARTIST, MANHATTAN

Issue Area Feedback: Affordability
Affordability
Live, work, and presentation space for artists.

90%
of arts and culture workers said that both affordable housing and work space to create art are important.
 
40%
of arts and culture workers are unable to afford art supplies and tools.
 
“Provide studio and exhibition space for artists in free places like libraries, public buildings, hospitals and schools.”
—ARTIST, QUEENS

Issue Area Feedback: Neighborhood Character
Neighborhood Character
Prevent displacement of culture and communities through planning and community development.

72%
would participate more in cultural activities if located closer to home.
 
 
“The more people have the opportunity to collaborate and share stories, the more they will find common ground together.”
—IMMIGRANT, BRONX

Issue Area Feedback: Arts, Culture, and Science Education
Arts, Culture, and Science Education
High quality, continuous, culturally relevant, and diverse curriculum.

#1
affordable arts education was the top issue raised by New Yorkers in all informal engagement.
 
 
“Arts and music should be core subjects in every school. We must make arts a core subject not a luxury.”
—PARENT, STATEN ISLAND

Issue Area Feedback: Arts and Culture in Public Space
Arts and Culture in Public Space
Prevent displacement of culture and communities through planning and community development.

60%
would like to participate more in arts and cultural programs and events in their neighborhood parks.
 
 
“We need a public local artwork or festival in every neighborhood. More public art makes art accessible to everyone.”
—RESIDENT, BROOKLYN

Issue Area Feedback: Citywide Coordination
Citywide Coordination
Arts and culture across City agencies

75%
would participate more if cultural activities were better publicized.
 
 
“City Agencies need to reduce and coordinate around the huge amount of paperwork required for grant applicants so that organizations have more time to do the creative work.”
—ART & PUBLIC HOUSING FOCUS GROUP, MANHATTAN

TOP CONCERNS BY BOROUGH

Maintain unique culture and rich heritage
Balanced support for big and small organizations
Gentrification and displacement
Promote diversity and collaboration through art
Improve transportation to increase access to arts
 
 

Sources: CreateNYC informal engagement, online and phone survey.