New York City's 1,300 plus cultural organizations and thousands of artists are essential to the economy and identity of the city, creating more than 120,000 jobs and generating $8.1 billion in economic activity. And yet, nonprofit culture receives less than one-fourth of one percent of the overall city expense budget.
Sign the appeal and tell future city leaders: culture is worth one percent of the city expense budget.
Invest One Percent of the City Expense Budget in Culture
Dear Future City Leader:
Our city is home to over 1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists spanning across all five boroughs, neighborhoods, and city council districts. These organizations and individuals bring jobs to our families, customers to our merchants, revenue to our small businesses, education to our children, and vitality to our city.
Who can imagine a New York City without the American Museum of Natural History or the West Indian Day Carnival? Without the LAByrinth Theater Company or the Bronx Zoo?
With less than one quarter of one percent of the city's budget supporting the operating expenses of nonprofit culture, these organizations are facing dire cuts as they compete for diminishing resources. I'm asking you to pledge to support New York City's cultural community with at least one percent of the city expense budget.