NYC to release report on diversity of arts groups

By Jennifer Smith

NEW YORK---An effort to measure whether New York City’s cultural organizations reflect the famously diverse metropolis they serve has focused fresh attention on a concern that has bedeviled some in the arts world for years. In January, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs plans to release a report showing how New York City’s museums and performing-arts groups stack up. “The emphasis is more carrot than stick,” said Edwin Torres, the city’s acting Cultural Affairs commissioner. The idea, he said, was to uncover practices that boost diversity and share them with other groups, “versus an interrogation for the sake of finger-pointing.” [link]