Monday, May 4, 2015

New York City makes cultural planning a new priority

By Sarah Cascone

NEW YORK---New York's City Council passed a bill...that will help the city create its first comprehensive cultural plan, reports the New York Times. “Administrations come and go; cultural affairs commissioners come and go," Jimmy Van Bramer, the chairman of the council's cultural affairs committee and majority leader, told the Times. “What we want is to have this ongoing prioritization of arts and culture." Van Bramer, of Queens, and council member Stephen Levin, of Brooklyn, introduced the bill in 2013. Other major cities, including Chicago and Houston, have their own cultural plans, such as Denver's Imagine 2020, introduced last year, which identifies 50 goals for cultural growth over the next five years. [link]