Artists of Color + NYC’s Cultural Plan

Upcoming Event:

Solidarity Mixer at Cue Art Foundation. Event by Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-TankSolidarity Mixer for Equity in NYC’s Cultural Plan

Wednesday, July 26
6:30pm Solidarity Mixer
7:15pm Discussion

Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-Tank invite you to join us for a solidarity mixer and discussion around equity in NYC’s first official Cultural Plan.

In May, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) released, “What We Heard,” a compilation of recommendations for the Cultural Plan. In March, we convened ahead of the release of the Cultural Plan for Strength in Numbers, a conversation about historical inequity and actionable steps for promoting a more inclusive NYC cultural landscape.

This evening, we will give a recap of the work and recommendations that have been put forth by Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think-Tank and others to include equity for artists and cultural workers in the official plan. Joining the discussion will be members of a newly-formed, independent POC Advisory Council to share their thoughts and vision. Additionally, we encourage all attendees, as active members of the community, to join in on the conversation to building real cultural equity in NYC.

This event will kick-off the first of our 2017 Solidarity Mixers. Come grab a michelada, meet new colleagues, and engage in conversation to build racial equity and cross-racial solidarity between artists, cultural workers, and communities in the arts.

This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to those of all ages. Childcare and translation services (Spanish and Chinese) are available with 48-hour notice. Please contact Eva at CUE Art Foundation to request these services.

RSVP encouraged as seating is limited.

Antonio Serna | artists of color bloc is a group of cultural workers coming together to address the intersectional conditions of artists, workers, and communities of color. We understand that our oppression is intersectional and specific to our history in Capital. In order to liberate and decolonize ourselves from these oppressions, we must address them on various emancipation points, that in turn will improve our potential, livelihood as cultural workers and producers.

Noé Gaytan | Michelada Think Tank is a group of socially conscious artists, educators, and activists of color hosting conversations with other people of color (POC) and allies who are also socially-engaged artists, educators, and activists and/or interested in creative ways of making change happen. MTT is interested in facilitating conversations and creating community around issues faced by people of color while promoting action beyond the discussion.

This event has been organized by Antonio Serna with support from A Common Project.

Upcoming Related Event**:

People’s Cultural Plan – Launch Event
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017; 7:00pm–9:30pm

Artists Space 55 Walker Street (Broadway/Church), NYC

Housing, labor, cultural equity, arts and public funding injustices cannot be addressed in isolation. The People’s Cultural Plan, created by a diverse coalition of working artists and cultural workers in New York City, demands a cultural plan that will lead to true equity for all New Yorkers.

Join us for a PCP presentation with Mychal Johnson (housing activist/ South Bronx Unite) and Chloe Bass (artist and public practitioner), followed by an open dialogue and mixer.

This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beer served.
Chinese and Spanish translation available on-site.
Guests are welcome to bring info to add to our info-sharing table.

More Info:

** Artists of Color Bloc has helped develop the POC artist/worker Labor section of the The Peoples Cultural Plan 2017

Past Events:

‘Strength in Numbers’ Equity and Cross-Racial Solidarity in NYC’s Cultural Plan
Friday March 24th, 6:30–8:30pm @ Cue Art Foundation

‘artists of color bloc’ is now mobilizing to develop radical ideas for implementation in NYC’s Cultural Plan of 2017. The plan, which is being developed  by various government advisors and consultants as part of the New York City Charter, will provide a road map for the way in which the Department of Cultural Affairs Department will serve and engage the communities within the 5 boroughs via cultural institution funding and other types of support.

Since we know that the staff in NYC cultural institutions is about 68% white, we wonder how radical the cultural road map will actually be in regards to equity in the arts? Can a cultural plan be put in place that will actually flip this figure to better reflect the demographics in the 5 boroughs? We call on all artists and cultural workers of color to take action with us and speak-up at the various cultural planning meetings to insure their communities are being served and valued as cultural workers producers in New York City!

More insights in the the current gender and racial make-up of NYC’s cultural institutions can be found in the report below. In the meantime, sign-up to our mailing list to see how you can help support artists and cultural workers of color in regards to implementing a cultural plan that provides an empowering framework for artists, workers, and communities through out New York City.

nycculturalplan-squareMore Information:

Artists and cultural workers rallying around the cultural plan
can be found on the A COMMON PROJECT website.


Cultural Plan Flyer // Dec 6 Workshop at BricArtists & Cultural Workers Flyers
For Bric Brooklyn Workshop December 6, 2016



Diversity in the New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs Community

January 28, 2016 (updated on April 21, 2016)
by Roger C. Schonfeld, Liam Sweeney