3. Do you believe arts are essential to NYC public school education? Why or why not?
Absolutely. As Mayor, I’ll expand arts and music programs in every elementary school, and make sure that our schools have equity in terms of arts funding. Aside from being linked to broader academic success, arts education in itself is invaluable for students. Arts education is critical for communication and problem-solving skills, as well as cultural enrichment and empathy. All public school students must have access to a quality arts education, from pre-K through 12th grade. Arts and culture are what make NYC the city we love. Artists across every medium must be supported, now and once pandemic restrictions are lifted, in order to help drive the City’s economic recovery.