In 2015, Brooklyn received just 16.6 percent of grant funding handed out by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This is down from 17.3 percent in 2011. Despite its increased prominence in the city’s arts scene, Brooklyn was the only borough to experience a decline in cultural funding between 2011 and 2015.
In this op-ed for City & State, Center for an Urban Future (CUF) Senior Researcher Adam Forman and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams argues that it's time to rethink the funding process to keep pace with Brooklyn's growth. In addition, the authors offer three concrete ideas to help alleviate the affordability crisis facing New York City’s artists and arts organizations.
Read the op-ed.
The op-ed follows the publication of CUF's 2015 Creative New York, the most comprehensive report to document the economic impact of New York City’s nonprofit arts organizations and for-profit creative businesses.
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