In my work for the CreateNYC Cultural Plan, a set of recommendations and action plans for the sector, one lesson rises to the top: Don’t abandon the process.
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced its 2019 action plan for its CreateNYC culture plan, pledging record-breaking budgets for inclusion and diversity programs in cultural institutions
The unprecedented allocation includes $43.9 million for cultural programming, a 40% increase from 2014.
The artists and activists who created “The People’s Cultural Plan,” a community-first alternative to New York City’s official Cultural Plan, offer solutions to the latter’s many problems and blindspots.
These two plans should not be read as antagonistic. Considering both as parallel proposals is the best way to fight for the citizens of our city and turn aspirations into realities.
As the Department of Cultural Affairs works on the official NYC cultural plan, a group of activists has advanced its own ambitious vision.