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NYC Cultural Organizations Launch Campaign to Increase City Support

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Cultural organizations of all disciplines and in all five boroughs have launched a campaign asking City Hall to increase operating support in the next city budget.

New York City's cultural community is a broad spectrum that includes performing arts centers, art galleries, dance troupes, orchestras, non-profit theater companies, museums, community arts programs, zoos, botanical gardens, and more. The city is home to more than 1,500 non-profit cultural organizations that create jobs, generate revenue for small businesses, stimulate the minds of residents and tourists, and provide vital supplemental education to millions of New York City students.

The campaign highlights cultural organizations of all kinds across the city and the means by which they have inspired their audiences. It tells the stories of individuals that were inspired by culture as children and went on to devote their lives and careers to pursuing a life that reflects those beginnings – bettering the city, their communities, and future generations of artists, educators, curators, scientists, and conservationists.

“Non-profit cultural organizations would benefit hugely from what would be a very modest increase for the city,” said New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee. “This is not a budget buster, and what culture groups provide to the public in the form of education, entertainment, enlightenment, and inspiration also happens to be a key economic driver for the city in terms of tourism, jobs, and economic impact. It’s an investment in the future of New York City.”

Cultural organizations are asking the city to allocate an additional $40 million to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to be distributed between the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) and the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). The new funds would provide the capacity for DCLA (which has recently launched its own diversity initiative) to increase funding for currently funded institutions and organizations, including underfunded groups and the five boroughs’ arts councils, which administer re-grants programs for individual artists, local organizations, and provides funding for additional cultural organizations.

The campaign is encouraging everyone who has ever been inspired by culture to share their stories on social media using the hashtag #NYCinspires or to send a message to City Hall in support of culture. An investment in culture is an investment in New Yorkers. Visit for more information and to send a message of support.

Media Note:  Members of the media interested in speaking with a representative(s) from New York City’s cultural community should email; to schedule an interview.