Access to arts and culture is key to a thriving community. Art has the power to foster curiosity, to provide a sense of belonging, to build relationships across differences, to heal community traumas, and to inspire political change. Arts and cultural organizations are the backbone of NYC’s cultural economy and must be supported with resources to continue their vital work throughout NYC’s neighborhoods, particularly in historically disinvested communities. Organizations that support and showcase the creativity, knowledge and viewpoints of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all other People of Color are crucial anchors in their communities – contributing to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of their residents.

On Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm, join Hester Street and Next City for a timely and interactive conversation with leaders from across NYC on the urgent need for increased support and visibility for arts and cultural organizations that are led by and serve communities of color.

Alongside our esteemed panelists, we will uplift a collective call to action to support POC-led arts and cultural organizations, and the roles we all play to support the long-term stability of New York City’s cultural communities. The panel will be moderated by Robert Smith III, Senior Program Officer, Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation. Featured panelists will be: