New Yorkers for Culture & Arts Mayoral Forum (NY4CA)

New Yorker's for Center & Arts Mayoral Forum on Cultre and Arts. Wednesday, April 21, 6-7:30pm. Moderated by: Luis A. Miranda & Anna Glass. Visit

New Yorker's for Center & Arts Mayoral Forum on Cultre and Arts. Wednesday, April 21, 6-7:30pm. Moderated by: Luis A. Miranda & Anna Glass. Visit

Moderated by Anna Glass and Luis Miranda, Jr.!

Join us on April 21 at 6pm EST to hear from this year’s Mayoral Candidates on how they will move arts and culture forward in our great city. This forum gives our community the chance to educate the candidates on the most pressing issues facing arts and culture in NYC. It also lets us hear from them on how they will champion recovery and revitalization in our sector. Featuring virtual performances from Soles of Duende and Ba Ban Chinese Music Society. 

Art and Culture is a vital and unique part of every community, intertwining with essential services like housing, development, land use, education and healthcare. The impact of the arts and culture sector in NYC has wide ranging benefits to the lives of every New Yorker and is one of the most important drivers of the NY economy. Culture is a significant generator of economic activity in New York City and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our sector generated $110 billion in economic activity in New York City and, statewide, our sector comprises 7.5% of Gross State Product.

This nonpartisan forum – organized by a Host Committee of large and small cultural organizations from every borough as well as individual artists and culture workers from every discipline – will be a focal point for discussion about a future vision for arts and culture in New York City. The Roundtable is proud to be part of this Host Committee! There’s two ways to get involved in the mayoral candidate forum:

STEP ONE: Learn more & Sign on Your Organization as Forum Supporter


STEP TWO: Register for the Forum


Mayoral Candidate Forum Host Committee: A.R.T./New York, Arts in Education Roundtable, Artists Space, Coalition of Theaters of Color, Chocolate Factory Theater, Costume Industry Coalition, Dance/NYC, Dance Theatre of Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, Fair Wage Onstage, Flushing Town Hall, LxNY | Latinx Arts Consortium of New York, Lincoln Center, National Black Theatre, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Field, Wildlife Conservation Society; with Maura Nguyen Donohue, Modesto “Flako” Jimenez, Anabella Lenzu, Alicia Mitchell-Foxworth, Rokafella.


Legislative Briefing: Arts Are Essential in Our Schools

Join the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for a convening of policymakers, cultural workers, and arts educators on the current realities and potential of arts education in NYC schools. Attendees will hear from teachers and leaders in the field of arts in education as well as gain new insights into policy recommendations to support equity in our schools.  We hope you will join us for this holistic look at why access to arts education and the arts is essential for NYC’s 1.1 million students.

This convening will feature Q&A discussion and a special student performance from Roundtable Member, National Dance Institute. This event is open to Roundtable members and government officials.


Commissioner Gonzalo Casals, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
, New York City Council (District 26)
Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, New York City Council (District 35)
Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., New York City Council (District 36)
Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell
Naomi Avadanei, Drama Teacher, NYC Department of Education
Sindy Castro, Teaching Artist & Co-Founder of Jugando N Play
Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
Gary Padmore, Director of Education and Community Engagement, NY Philharmonic

Featuring a special student performance from National Dance Institute!


The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to participate in our programming. This webinar will include access to closed captioning through REV Live Captions. If you have any questions or additional needs, please contact Roundtable Programming and Membership Manager Kinsey Keck at


Please be advised that by registering for this event, unless we hear from you otherwise, we will include you as part of our regular mailing list. Please also be advised that the event will be recorded by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER). By enrolling for this event, you hereby give consent for NYCAIER to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications, and release NYCAIER and its employees from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses.


Securing Arts Education for the Future of NYC’s Youth

Join us for a lively, community-based conversation on the importance and critical impact of arts education in New York City, hosted in collaboration by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. This intimate discussion will offer a first-hand perspective on why arts are essential in catalyzing youth empowerment, forging supportive communities, and expanding social-emotional learning and growth. This live panel with Q&A will give a multidimensional look at arts in education in our schools and cultural organizations, featuring NYC youth panelists, an arts educator, and as a representative from City Council. The panelists include:
  • NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., District 36
  • Grey Lambert, NYC Public School Student
  • Joshua Miller, NYC Public School Recent Graduate
  • Elizabeth Kinkel, Visual Art Teacher, PS 26 The Jesse Owens School

Watch the recorded conversation here:


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About Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Inspired by the energy and diversity of our borough, Brooklyn Children’s Museum creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Proudly based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, BCM serves 300,000 children and caregivers annually with exhibits and programs grounded in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures. Learn more about their exhibits here and check their calendar for information on upcoming events at the Museum.