Art Chang

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
organizations.

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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