One Percent for Culture: Expanding the City’s Cultural Footprint

October 4, 2013

New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee, urges the City to boost its investment in nonprofit culture.

Culture and the arts are essential to what makes New York City thrive. With over 1,300 nonprofit cultural organizations and thousands of individual artists across all five boroughs, the City's nonprofit cultural sector stabilizes our economy, nurtures our children, and enriches our daily lives.

The tourism economy is booming throughout our City. Culture and the arts are at the center of this boom. People come to see not only the treasures of the Metropolitan Museum, MoMA & New York Botanical Garden, but more and more, people are frequenting smaller cultural venues like the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, which develops experimental dance performance work, Staten Island's Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibet Art, and the Issue Project Room, an experimental arts space in Brooklyn. For more than 130 years, the city has supported non-profit culture through two world wars and 26 mayors. The reason is simple: culture stimulates our minds, feeds our souls and grows our economy.

I am proud to have helped pass the third highest budget in the City's history for cultural organizations in the City's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget; however, it is still not enough. The cultural sector continues to face the threat of funding cuts year after year.

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