As one of the main drivers of tourism to New York City, culture is a central pillar of economic development. Cultural activities and spaces further underpin a high quality of life for residents and support the city's ability to retain and attract talent.
Challenges & Opportunities
The outer boroughs, and the low-income areas within these boroughs, are home to fewer grantee cultural organizations and facilities to drive programming. This suggests missed opportunities in supporting quality of life, jobs, and tourism in these areas.
The City is committed to ensuring the vitality of the arts throughout the five boroughs by creating and incentivizing well-used, high-quality cultural facilities and programming in all neighborhoods.
Ensure well-used, high-quality cultural facilities and programming in all neighborhoods.
Provide funding and capacity-building support to local and cultural organizations to create public art and programming in underserved areas and streamline the permitting process to encourage use of public spaces and facilities for community events.