2. What policies or legislation regarding arts education have you supported in the past?
There is a place for art everywhere–even at the Sanitation Department. I used any opportunity to use arts to connect with communities and educate the public about policy. As Sanitation Commissioner, I supported our artist in residence, Meryl Ukeles, including a retrospective of her work at Queens Museum. I also had an anthropologist in residence and fashion designer in residence, Heron Preston. Heron created a fashion line of decommissioned uniforms to highlight the Sanitation Department’s zero waste goals. I was also proud to work with a muralist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, who created a piece saying “women are New York’s strongest” on a Sanitation facility.