What will the arts look like under Mayor De Blasio? “Populist,” the New York Times concluded on Monday, a full two days before Bill put his hand on FDR’s old Bible and promised to champion the huddled masses.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” mantra doesn’t just apply to voters. New York’s iconic arts institutions have done well for themselves under the Bloomberg administration as smaller groups and individual artists say they have struggled.
Tomorrow afternoon, a number of New York City Council members will be holding a public hearing to decide on the scope of the proposed cultural plan first announced by City Council Members Stephen Levin and Jimmy Van Bramer in August.
In a statement released earlier this week, New York City Council members Stephen Levin and Jimmy Van Bramer announced their proposal for a referendum to improve cultural spending, a “bill requiring the city to have a cultural plan.” By carrying out extensive assessments throughout the five boroughs, Levin and Van Bramer hope that this information could be used to better direct the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) initiatives and bring them in line with community priorities.
In a recent announcement, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin “signed on” to One Percent for Culture, an initiative of the Fund for the City of New York. Reached by phone yesterday afternoon, Councilmember Stephen Levin told Hyperallergic, “The arts are an important part of the fabric of New York City as a whole, and this is especially true in my district … I have a very high percentage of artists who live and work here and the percentage seems to grow every year.”