Will The City’s Cultural Plan Walk The Talk Of Equity?

El Puente Dance Ensemble performing at WEPA! Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

By Kerry McCarthy and Michelle Coffey

"In May 2015, New York City decided to create its first cultural plan to direct the City’s policies on arts and culture, from generating affordable live/work spaces for artists to determining where arts education dollars are spent. Soon thereafter, the field buzzed about ways to change the City’s outdated funding model to rebalance its investment in arts and culture.

When the planning process began last fall, initial conversations were about dedicating more City money to the arts, so that everyone—large performing arts centers, community museums, neighborhood culturally explicit arts groups, individual artists, and public school children—would benefit. But the 2016 presidential election changed things. With the federal administration expected to make cuts to programs New Yorkers care about—affordable housing, healthcare, and climate resilience, for example—we should expect significant cuts to both the State and City’s budgets. This does not bode well for an expansion of the City’s investments in cultural affairs or arts education. The Department of Cultural Affairs’ piece of the pie is likely to shrink, not get bigger." -Huffington Post

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At Socrates Sculpture Park, Slyly Butting Expectations

The artist Nari Ward in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. Credit:Clement Pascal for The New York Times

"A flamboyant herd of concrete goats seem to strut their stuff across Socrates Sculpture Park on the waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Part of the exhibition “Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again,” each goat has a shaft of rebar shooting up from its back that’s embellished with materials. Some are adorned with dazzling gold leaf or an extravagant pompadour of hairy black palm. The one Mr. Ward calls “the social media goat” sprouts a tangle of electric cords and has a body tinted red, white and blue. Another, tarred and feathered, stands alone." - New York Times, Continue Reading.

Vera List Center's Curator's Perspective Lecture: Trevor Schoonmaker

Image courtesy of Prospect New Orleans.

"Independent Curators International and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics collaborate on Trevor Schoonmaker's first public presentation of Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans' international art exhibition. As part of ICI's Curator's Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director of Prospect.4, will speak about his curatorial vision for this iteration of the Biennial, as well as specific artists and venues of P.4 for the first time." ...continue reading.