Kathryn Garcia

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?

As a critical part of the City’s economy and vitality, the arts must be prioritized in reopening and recovery. We must reimagine how the City uses public space to give arts organizations a bigger footprint in their communities–by reforming our concessions and public art permitting process to unlock hundreds of thousands of square feet of public space, including sidewalks and plazas, for arts and culture—it’s the 21st century, you should be able to get a permit on your smartphone. The City should be creating additional opportunities for teaching artists and other un/underemployed artists to apply their skills to their communities.

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