Hundreds Attend Rally to Save the Arts!

On Monday April 3, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and I , along with hundreds of outraged artists and cultural workers held a Rally to Save the Arts to protest the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A broad and diverse coalition of leaders and supporters of art, culture, and libraries joined us in support of these agencies and endowments. After the rally, I chaired a hearing on a resolution in support of the NEA, NEH, IMLS, and CPB and attendees testified during the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries.

Rally to Save the Arts!

Join Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, the New York City Council, and arts and culture advocates as we #resist Trump’s assault on the arts, culture, and libraries at a Rally to Save the Arts on April, 3 at 12PM on the steps of City Hall.

Create NYC Neighborhood Workshop

In March, I joined NYCHA residents and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl at the Museum of the Moving Image for a cultural town hall meeting and neighborhood workshop.

2016 Annual Report - Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries!

For the second year in a row, the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries released its 2016 Annual Report! It includes a summary of legislation, committee events, and major funding victories—including the largest cultural package ever passed and significant reforms to the Percent for Art program.

Majority Leader Van Bramer Cuts Ribbon on Upgrades at Riis Center in Queensbridge

On February 16, 2017, Majority Leader Van Bramer, alongside seniors, students, and NYCHA residents, cut the ribbon on upgrades to the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Queensbridge. Majority Leader Van Bramer fought for the allocation of $770,000 for these renovations, which include the installation of air conditioning and upgrades to the bathrooms.

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