NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled on Wednesday five initiatives to support the 1,400
nonprofit cultural groups, 40,000 employees, and numerous artists that make New York City culturally rich.
The initiatives, built on a set of Bloomberg’s programs announced in April, will provide space for art exhibitions, specialized job trainings, and financial guidance for artists.
“New York City’s standing as the cultural capital of the world is one of our great strengths,” said Bloomberg, together announcing the initiatives with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Seth Pinsky and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin.
“Our cultural institutions and artists contribute to a creative spirit unmatched anywhere else, and we recognize how important it is to do everything we can to make sure they continue to flourish.”
The five new initiatives include Curate New York City, New York City Performs, JumpStart for the Arts, Artists as Entrepreneurs, and the Arts Clusters Promotion Program.
The Curate New York City program will offer visual artists a new opportunity to display their work for free for up to a month across some city-owned properties managed by NYCEDC, such as Fulton Ferry Landing and Brooklyn Army Terminal lobbies and atrium. The program, starting in 2010, will last for 12 to 18 months.
In the Under the New York City Performs program, publicly accessible outdoor spaces will be used by performers for free. Shows will run through spring and summer of 2010.
JumpStart for the Arts is a training program for up to 50 displaced entrepreneurial junior to mid-level professionals that will be launched later in the year. It will comprise a five-day intensive boot camp focusing on basic skills that help them join nonprofit cultural organizations.
Artists as Entrepreneurs will hold a five-day training program to assist artists in developing their business plan and outline the steps necessary to implement the plan. Upon completion of the program, participants will have access to low-cost studio space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
In order to promote various art consortiums across the five boroughs, the Arts Clusters Promotion Program will identify two local art clusters to receive grants of $25,000 each.
The details of the programs and chosen organizations and artists will be revealed on Thursday.
For information about these programs or the related requests for proposal, please visit www.nycedc.com.