A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers

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A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers

With Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, New York City Department of Cultural Affair
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Columbia University School of the Arts Public Programs and Engagement presented its first program, A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers, with Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts on September 14, 2017. An introduction was made by Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs.

Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl discussed art, leadership, institutions, and how to create change at the scale of the city, including CreateNYC, the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for the City of New York. Studied and produced over two years, the process of included over 400 town hall style meetings with New Yorkers from diverse communities in all five boroughs. “Nearly 200,000 residents, from every corner of the city, stepped up to share their priorities, concerns, and ideas about how we can make sure that–here in New York–culture is for everyone.” Released in July 2017, the plan "is intended to serve as a roadmap to a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cultural ecosystem, in which all residents have a stake."

After the presentation, Commissioner Finkelpearl was joined in conversation by Dean Carol Becker, Columbia University School of the Arts.

Throughout the academic year, The Office of Public Programs and Engagement presents free lectures, symposia, readings, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, site visits, and more. Conversations and events take place in cooperation with the Film, Theatre, Writing, Visual Arts, and Sound Arts Programs, the Arts Initiative, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, campus groups, and the city, while providing opportunities for students to work within communities and arts organizations. As the School of the Arts opens The Lenfest Center for the Arts on West 125th Street on the Manhattanville campus, the Office of Public Programs and Engagement offers an array of activity that strengthens local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.

To learn more about upcoming events, visit the site here.