Art Chang

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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