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10. Will you commit to requesting and participating in a hearing to understand why these learning requirements are not being met?


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13. How will you ensure that arts education leadership and instruction better reflects the population of 1.1 million public school students? What will you do to ensure that arts education reflects the cultures, values, and learning abilities of students engaged in it?

The first thing we need to do is to remove the bias toward Western values and traditions that permeates all arts education and make it culturally appropriate to the diverse communities in NYC.

My administration is committing to a data project to identify and map the communities of New York City, including students in the DOE schools and then use this data to engage with community-based

Additionally, I’m committed to NYC being a place that artists can afford to live: something that’s become increasingly difficult, especially for artists of marginalized demographics. My administration will create more affordable housing, end the eviction crisis, and make NYC a more affordable place for everyone. My metric of success will be when NYC becomes a place that artists of all backgrounds can afford again. By keeping diverse artists in our city, we can better fit the needs of diverse students.

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12. How can the city play a more active role in reviving jobs in the creative industry and broadening access to the arts in local communities?

Please see my full Arts Policy at In summary:
● Fully funding arts education.
● Including arts in workforce development, including internships.
● Creating additional arts districts across New York City.

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11. How could the city ensure that all of our public school students receive instruction from qualified instructors?

  1. The DOE needs to certify more teachers in each of the disciplines. If the DOE can’t find arts teachers to certify, the City can help facilitate partnerships with arts students at CUNY, off-work actors and musicians, and nonprofit organizations to get the right arts professionals in front of the DOE.
  2. The DOE needs to hire 3-5x more arts teachers, which is of course tied in with proper funding of arts in schools.
  3. Remote learning in some form or another is here to stay. I have proposed a Digital School where students can learn principally remotely, and secondarily in person in separated, dedicated school buildings. I will include arts education in such schools.

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9. With hundreds of schools out of compliance with NYS Education Department instructional requirements, will you publicly call on the NYC DOE to properly enforce and implement city and state arts learning mandates?

Yes. But this has to be done in partnership with educators, parents and in the case of high school students with students.

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8. Would you support the restoration of per-capita dedicated funding for arts education in all city schools? Why or why not?

I’m in support of a minimum per-capita dedicated funding in all city schools. Funding must be based on equity. Schools with the greatest need should get more funding per student.

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7. What would you do to ensure that every school in the city has the resources to provide every student with a quality education that includes the arts?

Thanks to the NYS Legislature’s historic 2021 budget, the Foundation Aid formula is now fully funded for the next few years. Let’s make the most of it and seek matching funding from foundations and the private sector.

Every school deserves dedicated arts classrooms appropriate for the media.

Every school deserves qualified arts educators.

Every school deserves funding for materials and field trips.

My administration will commit to those things.

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6. Studies show that arts and cultural organizations led by people of color are often underfunded, resulting in limited capacity to provide critical support to young people and communities around NYC. What will you do to provide more leadership around an equitable distribution of resources to ensure their sustainability and growth?

I believe that a city 10 times the size of Boston should have 10 arts districts. I will use my power over city planning to create arts districts outside the Manhattan central business district.

In addition, I will ensure a tighter connection between arts organizations and arts education at the university level, with a particular focus on CUNY.

Arts organizations are also small businesses, nonprofit or not. I will create an Urban Innovation Corps of business students and experience business leaders to provide advice and mentorship.

Finally, I will create a loan facility for small businesses, including arts organizations, to help sustain and grow them.

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5. As students, principals, teachers, and school partners work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on academic achievement, what role do you see the arts playing? What strategies do you envision for broadening the school-day curriculum so instructional time in the arts is not crowded out of the school day?

The arts will have a major impact on helping students to become ready to learn, and then maintaining that.

My administration will work to implement robust after-school and summer programs, which would provide a home for the arts every day. Our schools could also follow the precedent of some innovative high schools who set aside one instructional day a week for arts, extra-curriculars, clubs, guidance and college prep.

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4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?

See my education policy, referenced above.

New York City abounds in resources to provide art therapy, from universities that offer majors and advanced degrees to nonprofits that provide direct services. As Mayor, I will look first to community-based partners to develop the resources for the city’s school system, students and families.