City Limits is looking to speak to artists and arts groups across the five boroughs to get a better sense of the challenges they’re facing, and how government policies can help address those.
“The arts are a form of embodied play that surpasses verbal processing and allows us to explore, connect with ourselves and others, and ultimately build or rebuild the muscles of imagination when life circumstances or the experience of trauma has taken them away.”
After two pandemic years that wrought havoc on all education but particularly on arts classes, advocates and educators have mounted a drive to win more—and more permanent—funding for visual art, music, dance and theater in the city’s public schools.
Brooklyn Councilmember Chi Ossé wants to commit 1 percent of New York City’s budget to the arts sector, which shed more than 208,000 jobs during the early months of the pandemic.
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have limited the intimacy of prison and reentry arts programs, many found ways to continue to teach, appreciate and showcase the work of incarcerated artists even during the crisis, by transitioning to virtual and solo lessons.
Artistas latinos reportan: mayores pérdidas económicas, mayor desempleo, en mayor medida han visto su salud o la de su familia afectada directamente por el coronavirus y en un mayor porcentaje no tienen seguro médico.
An organization that fosters traditional dance from the city’s many ethnic groups is taking its work, and the movements and music of its performers, online.
Under the mayor’s CreateNYC effort, arts funding is up across the board — from increases for major institutions to extra cash for borough arts councils — but there have been relatively small grants to local artists.
A team of students from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY spent a day talking to senior citizens in the Bronx, where—as in the rest of the city—a grayer future is coming.
‘We do not want to see small and large organizations fighting each other over crumbs, creating more divisiveness in our already divided society.’