Kathryn Garcia

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?

Investing in arts and cultural infrastructure, particularly in communities of color, is critical for economic growth, solidifying identity, developing community, and processing trauma. We should be integrating arts investments in our land use negotiations, as well as our efforts surrounding housing and economic development, and improvements to public safety, and transportation and our streetscape. I will use the platform of City Hall to bring landlords together with cultural organizations and artists to bring vibrancy back to our main streets with WPA-style murals and other wonderful art. It is also critical that we systemically mitigate barriers and offer additional support for organizations led by people of color to obtain funding and other resources. In addition, we should be increasing affordable housing to make sure artists are able to stay in their communities.

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