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Local News February 7, 2013  RSS feed

Growing Support For ‘One Percent For Culture’ Movement

Push To Bring More $ To The Arts

The One Percent for Culture campaign is continuing to gain momentum, as 42 new partners have joined the coalition since City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, chair of the Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee, announced his support for the campaign on Jan. 8 at MoMA P.S. 1 in Long Island City.

The coalition, which has grown to 283 members representing cultural, business, civic leaders and artists throughout all five boroughs, seeks a commitment from the city to ensure that the city’s 1,200 non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs receive one percent of the municipal expense budget annually. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have already signed the One Percent for Culture appeal in support of investment in cultural organizations.

The 42 new members of the One Percent for Culture coalition are: Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York; Astoria Performing Arts Center; CUE Art Foundation; Italian American Writers Association; National Visual Artists Guild; The Center for Arts Education; New York ASA; Crown Heights Film Festival; Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc.; TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.; Lehman College Art Gallery; Fontanelli Productions; A2Z Tech Group, Inc.; BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange; Bella Italia Mia, Inc.; los feliz; Spritzenhaus;

Wash and Dry Productions; The Laundromat Project; The Maysles Institute; Conference House Association; Legalize Dance NYC; Post Exterminating Co., Inc.; The Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY; Long Island City Alliance; Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana; art.les.nyc studios; Corporate Performance Artists; Gospel According to Josh; Rego Park Green Alliance; BBAUER Ventures, LLC; Bronx Children's Museum; Creston Avenue Baptist Church; Goodwill Industries; Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and NJ; HOGAR, FNC; Hunts Point Multi Service/Chemical Dependence Program; Jerome Gunhill Business Improvement District; Phipps/Lambert; Rain Eastchester Senior Center; American Tap Dance Foundation; East Harlem Business Capital Corporation.

“Non-profit culture is essential to the economy and identity of New York City,” said Heather Woodfield, executive director of One Percent for Culture. “The city has made great strides by increasing capital support for cultural organizations over the past decade, and this campaign seeks to ensure that the next administration understands the vital role culture plays in our city. Only with future operating support can these investments in our cultural organizations provide long-term benefit to all New Yorkers.”

One Percent for Culture is an an unprecedented collaboration across New York City’s cultural and business communities aimed at educating New Yorkers about the value of nonprofit culture to New York City. Nearly 24 million tourists are drawn to the city’s world-class cultural offerings each year.

Non-profit culture creates more than 100,000 jobs and generates $7.6 billion in economic activity. Despite the measurable value of culture to the city’s fiscal health, non-profit cultural organizations currently receive less than one-fourth of one percent of the overall city expense budget.

New York City is home to more than 1,200 cultural organizations and thousands of artists.

For more information about the One Percent for Culture campaign or to join the coalition, visit www.OneforCulture.org.