Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Develop a Comprehensive Cultural Plan

Increasing arts in education in the public schools is one of four arts priorities to be included in the new cultural plan for NYC.

The development of a comprehensive cultural plan was one of four pieces of legislation signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on Monday, May 18. The first bill, Intro, 419-A, requires the Department of Cultural Affairs to develop a cultural plan, which must address several topics related to cultural activities in the City, including:

• The availability and distribution of cultural activities in the five boroughs,
• The relationship between cultural activities and social and economic health and welfare
• Housing and studio needs of artists
• Increasing arts education and activities in public schools

The legislation also requires DCLA to establish a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, which will advise the development and implementation of the plan, and will review DCLA’s biannual reports on the progress of the plan – which are also required by the legislation. The plan itself will be reviewed and revised every ten years as necessary, and the CAC will be dissolved after making recommendations following its review of the second biannual report, or after five years.

“Today is an important day for the cultural vitality of our City,” said Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs. “The signing of the Cultural Plan legislation will initiate the development of a comprehensive cultural plan that will lay out a blueprint for increasing access, opportunity and equity so that all New Yorkers may have meaningful engagement with culture and the arts.  I thank and congratulate Council Member Stephen Levin, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and the entire cultural community for rallying behind this legislation which will strengthen our entire City.”

Read the full NYC announcement here.

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