Arts Are Essential

As New York City rebuilds from the COVID-19 crisis, the arts and culture sector will play a crucial role in the recovery of schools and communities. In allocating cuts and resources, City Council must put their faith in the arts to help process trauma, restore joy, support physical fitness, and build communities.

Arts education is synonymous with community activism. Without arts educators, I would have been another statistic as a young Latinx child growing up in a tough neighborhood. The arts, in particular dance, saved me. The arts fill a void in communities forgotten, artists go into spaces others fear, and in that bravery, offer safety, possibility and transformation.

Eduardo Vilaro
Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispanico

Arts Are Essential written in bold blue text with concentric circles in orange, pink and turquoise overlapping with the "A" in Arts.

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