Majority Leader Van Bramer and de Blasio Administration Release First Cultural Plan in NYC History

On Wednesday, July 19th I joined Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Council Member Stephen Levin release CreateNYC—the first cultural plan for the City of New York. After months of feedback from nearly 200,000 New Yorkers in every neighborhood, the Cultural Plan will serve as a blueprint for the city to increase access to New York City’s unparalleled cultural offerings no matter income, background, or where one lives in the City. The Cultural Plan will guide investments across the city to organizations big and small in every borough that support the creation of art and culture.

The completion of the first cultural plan for New York City is a profound and historic achievement. With nearly 200,000 New Yorkers weighing in, we've built a plan that will guide our efforts to make art and culture more accessible to all, to empower and train the next generation of artists, and to fully support established and emerging cultural organizations in every borough, especially in areas that are traditionally underserved. From the beginning of this journey, the development of the cultural plan has been a deeply democratic process, drawing on the perspectives of people from every neighborhood and all walks of life. As the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries and proud author of the legislation that called for this plan, I’m honored and proud to present a plan that boldly renews New York City's dedication to arts and culture.

As Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs in the New York City Council, I'm proud to have secured over $160 million in operating funding for 1,500 cultural organizations in this year’s budget—giving smaller organizations support to sustain their operations, put on new productions, support more artists, and expand programming.