Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled New York City’s first ever “cultural plan” which among other actions proposes to link future funding to museums and arts organization to diversity of employees and board members. A recent report found that 67 percent of NYC residents identify themselves as minorities, yet only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations are in those groups. The boards of NYC’s most renowned cultural institutions are made up of mostly white male executives from finance, real estate, and other industries. Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelstein noted that the “ announcement requiring diversity reporting from city-funded groups is the next step, building on everything we’ve learned to date to work toward a cultural sector that is fairer, more equitable and looks like the city it serves.”
The plan also calls for more inclusion of neglected neighborhoods across the 5 boroughs in the city’s cultural life by bringing the arts to more spaces and incentivizing New York’s imminent cultural organizations to attract and serve the residents of those neighborhoods.
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