State Senator José M. Serrano Joins 'One Percent for Culture' Campaign
As the political races throughout New York City reach their peak, candidates, thought leaders, businesses, organizations, and prominent New Yorkers are showing their support for the One Percent for Culture campaign that seeks to increase funding to the city's 1,300-plus non-profit cultural organizations.
State Senator José M. Serrano is the most recent member of the One Percent for Culture Advisory Council and has lent his name in support of the campaign. The Advisory Council has expanded to 58 prominent advocates of New York City culture. This diverse group includes well known names from the arts and entertainment industry like actor Sigourney Weaver, actor John Turturro, actor Steve Buscemi, artist Laurie Anderson, actor Annabella Sciorra, and New York Giants wide receiverHakeem Nicks. The Advisory Council also includes prominent leaders from New York's business and cultural communities including Jonathan Tisch and Tim Zagat. Each member of the advisory council and coalition have lent their names in support of increasing funding to the organizations that that draw millions of tourists to the city and generate much needed tourism dollars to the city's communities and neighborhood businesses - and inspire and teach young artists, musicians, actors, and dancers.
According to the Campaign Finance Board, 265 candidates have filed to run for office in New York City. Sixty-seven - 25 percent - of those candidates have signed in support of One Percent for Culture's mission to increase the percentage of the annual municipal expense budget allocated to non-profit cultural organizations to one percent from the current allocation of less than one quarter of one percent (0.22%). In six City Council races, all candidates have signed in support of the campaign - Manhattan dist. 1, Manhattan dist. 3, Queens dist. 26, Brooklyn dist. 33, Brooklyn dist. 38, and Brooklyn dist. 39.
"With many candidates for city council, borough-wide, and city-wide offices showing their support for an increase in city funding for culture, we are confident that funding and supporting culture will be a priority for legislators in the next administration," said Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture.
Non-profit culture creates more than 120,000 jobs and generates $8.1 billion in economic activity. More than 24 million tourists are drawn to the city's world-class cultural offerings each year.
New York City is home to more than 1,300 cultural organizations and thousands of artists. New York City's cultural community is a broad spectrum that includes performing arts centers, art galleries, dance troupes, orchestras, non-profit theater companies, museums, community arts programs, zoos, botanical gardens, and more.
About One Percent for Culture: One Percent for Culture is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that does not support, oppose or endorse candidates for elective office.
One Percent for Culture is a non-partisan, grassroots, five-borough campaign whose mission is to demonstrate the value of culture to New York City. The campaign is generating support for an increase in the city's financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community, including artists of all disciplines, to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget.
For more information about the One Percent for Culture campaign or to join the coalition, visit www.OneforCulture.org.
One Percent for Culture steering committee, advisory council, and coalition partners:
One Percent for Culture Steering Committee:
Frederick Beinecke, President of Antaeus Enterprises; Trustee of the National Gallery of Art and Wildlife Conservation Society
Randall Bourscheidt, President Emeritus, Alliance for the Arts
John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society; Chair, One Percent for Culture Steering Committee