2. What policies or legislation regarding arts education have you supported in the past?
When I first became Comptroller, I reviewed every single school across the City and found that far too many NYC children were not receiving vital instruction in the arts, which is not only required by state education law but is viewed as a key and necessary component for whole child development. Then, I mobilized with advocates to get the Department of Education to make an unprecedented $23 million investment in arts education during the 2014-2015 school year. And as Mayor, I will continue making sure that both arts and physical education are treated as the critical components of a well-rounded education that they are – not as any sort of luxury or add-on. I have also stood with leaders in the arts to spotlight the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts and stand up against the Trump administration’s cuts to the critical programs that are so deeply involved in our arts education. I’ve also pushed for reforms to how the City supports arts organizations, venues, and individual artists — from capital and operating funding, to connecting artists with affordable spaces, to shoring up protections for independent workers — and
deepening the cultural sector’s involvement in our childrens’ education.
And as Manhattan Borough President, I worked hand-in-hand with arts organizations to deliver capital and discretionary funding to support local arts.