NYC POC-Led Arts Entities Launch Digital Map, Directory, and Release Policy Framework; Call for $100M City Fund to Close Cultural Equity Gap

New York, NY, February 16, 2022: Today, Hester Street and our partners Museum Hue and The Laundromat Project are thrilled to announce the launch of HueArts NYC, the only citywide effort to bring greater cultural equity, visibility, and support to all POC cultural institutions and initiatives across NYC’s five boroughs.

The first-of-its-kind HueArts NYC Digital Map and Directory spotlights more than 400 POC arts entities serving NYC neighborhoods, and captures critical information about the work, people, communities, and opportunities that POC arts entities offer—shaping NYC’s cultural fabric and helping to fuel the city’s creative economy.

The HueArts NYC ‘Brown Paper outlines action steps for meaningful, systemic change to close the cultural equity gap and ensure long-term sustainability of POC arts entities. All entities included in the HueArts platform are founded, led by, and serve Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and communities of color.

→ Join us on Instagram Live at 12:30pm ET today to hear from project partners! Tune in at @museumhue.

“Having this data compiled and visualized in this way is a critical starting point for the city to understand our needs and for our communities to connect with and support each other,” said Rasmia Kirmani, Interim Executive Director at Hester Street, the HueArts NYC project partner that created the design for the map and directory, website, and brown paper. “This is the first time we are organizing together, across all five boroughs, and utilizing technology to move the conversation forward in a practical and tangible way.”

About Hester Street: Hester Street (HST) devotes urban planning, design and development expertise to support community-led change. We create and facilitate deeply democratic planning and policy making to advance racial and economic justice and to radically re-create cities shaped by low-income communities of color.