Maya Wiley

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?

We must do more to support the arts and cultural organizations that are so central to the vibrancy of our city, which is why I am proud to be a supporter of arts projects such as The Laundromat Project. As Mayor, a major goal of mine is to reprioritize the budget to invest in education and specifically the arts and culturally responsive pedagogy. We cannot develop plans to ensure equitable distribution of resources without centering racial justice, diversity, and inclusion. My education platform prioritizes funding for high-need districts that have been historically underfunded, disinvested, and excluded. This includes solidifying partnerships with CBOs to provide arts and cultural education to our schools that educate a majority of students of color. I will also explore ways to involve arts and cultural organizations within our universal community care model; by bridging connections and accessible pathways between our community centers and locally run arts and cultural organizations.

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