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The Unkindest Cuts: New York Has the Most to Lose if the NEA Is Abolished

Data - March 2017

The Unkindest Cuts: New York Has the Most to Lose if the NEA Is Abolished

The Trump administration's plans to dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts will hurt hard-working artists across the country. Nowhere will these cuts be felt more deeply than in New York City, which receives one out of five NEA grants, worth $15.5 million in 2016. These funds support everything from major museum exhibitions to upstart performance groups, and, above all, good jobs for thousands of New Yorkers.

CUF Report Inspires Funding for Diversity in Theater

Impact - January 2017

CUF Report Inspires Funding for Diversity in Theater

CUF's Creative New York report called on the City to take steps to ensure a more diverse creative sector. Now, New York City's Midtown Theater Subdistrict Council is allocating over $2 million in grants to increase diversity in nonprofit theaters throughout the city.

Brooklyn Design Boom

Data - May 2016

Brooklyn Design Boom

Our new data brief highlights the growing importance of the design sector to New York City’s economy, and details that a disproportionate share of the growth in the sector is now occurring in Brooklyn. It shows that employment at architecture and design companies in Brooklyn increased by 86 percent between 2010 and 2014, significantly outpacing the growth citywide (23 percent) and in Manhattan (19 percent).

Creative New York, At A Glance

Data - October 2015

Creative New York, At A Glance

From museums to film studios, dance companies to design firms, the creative sector is one of New York City’s most important economic assets. Using data from CUF's 2015 Creative New York report, this infographic shows the incredible growth, as well as the ongoing challenges of the city’s creative industries.

CUF Prompts City Council Hearing on Capital needs of City's Public Libraries

Impact - December 2014

CUF Prompts City Council Hearing on Capital needs of City's Public Libraries

Prompted by our Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries report, City Council organized a hearing to discuss capital needs and planning for the city's public library systems.

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Data - September 2014

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Charts and tables from our Re-Envsioning New York's Branch Libraries report which found that while more New Yorkers than ever are using the city’s public libraries, a significant share of the branches suffer from major physical defects and are poorly configured for how New Yorkers are using libraries today. The report provides a comprehensive blueprint for bringing these vital community institutions into the 21st Century.

New York's Design Economy

Data - May 2014

New York's Design Economy

As New York City opens its second annual design week, this data analysis documents the continued economic importance of New York City’s design sector. It shows that New York has 65 percent more designers than any other metro area in the U.S., and that employment at city design firms increased by nearly 10 percent since the 2008 recession.

CUF Reports Lead to Built/NYC, a New Program by the NYC Department of Design and Construction

Impact - August 2013

CUF Reports Lead to Built/NYC, a New Program by the NYC Department of Design and Construction

The Center’s 2011 Growth by Design report concluded that far more could be done to harness New York City’s design sector. NYC Department of Design and Construction acted on this recommendation, creating a new program that will commission site-specific furnishings for city construction projects from local product designers.

Brooklyn Designs Returns in May 2013

Impact - January 2013

Brooklyn Designs Returns in May 2013

One of the recommendations we made in our 2011 Growth by Design report was that city and state officials should bring back Brooklyn Designs, the annual exhibition for Brooklyn-based designers that was discontinued in 2011 after nearly a decade in operation. We are pleased to report that Brooklyn Designs is returning to DUMBO this May.

Data from Designing New York's Future

Data - March 2012

Data from Designing New York's Future

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's March 2012 report on NYC's design schools. The report found that New York City graduates twice as many students in design and architecture as any other U.S. city, but the city's design schools are not only providing the talent pipeline for New York's creative industries—they have become critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

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