NYC Wants To Diversify Leadership at City's Culture Hubs

By Brian Boucher

NEW YORK---Tom Finkelpearl, head of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), is undertaking to make the leadership and staff of Gotham's cultural institutions less lily-white. The department announced today a diversity initiative that will begin by assessing the demographic makeup of the employees at New York's cultural organizations, followed by policy recommendations. The survey is still being designed, and no budget for the initiative has yet been announced. If you look at the staff at museums across the nation, it's an overwhelmingly monochrome group, being nearly 80 percent white, according to an analysis of 2009 Census data by the American Alliance of Museums, the Wall Street Journal has noted. [link]