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Arts and Culture for All

2017 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 p.m.
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201


In July, New York launched CreateNYC, the first comprehensive cultural plan in the city’s history. The product of a year-long process that engaged close to 200,000 New Yorkers, the plan lays out an ambitious goal of lifting up the arts and culture across all five boroughs.

Through wide-ranging strategies—including neighborhood investments in cultural infrastructure, boosting affordable artist workspace, infusing arts and culture in public space, and using culture-driven urban design—the plan offers a roadmap to a more inclusive and resilient cultural ecosystem for New York.

How will we get there? And what role can artists, designers, planners, community groups, and others play in advancing these important goals? On the occasion of its 2017 Annual Meeting, the Fine Arts Federation of New York, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts, presented an evening of dialogue about the plan, its impact on New York’s unique neighborhoods, and what comes next. Representatives from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York’s diverse community of arts and cultural organizations explored how culture can be a critical tool in shaping a more equitable and dynamic city.

Participants included:

Caledonia Curry (SWOON), Artist
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Albert Kakudji, Chief Operating Officer, Made in Brownsville
Michael Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
Giovania Tiarachristie, Neighborhood Planner, Office of Neighborhood Strategies at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development


Top images courtesy FAF, except Tom Fruin’s Kolonihavehus seen during the DUMBO Arts Festival in 2014: photo by gigi_nyc/flickr.