NYC Speaker Candidate Forum Nov 28

The Future of NYC Culture and Arts: A conversation with New York City Council Speaker Candidates

New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, SVA Theatre, and Dance/NYC invite you to find out what the candidates for NYC Council Speaker think about the current and future value and impact of arts and culture in NYC. What would you like to ask the candidates?

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York, NY 10011

Accessibility:  SVA Theatre is an accessible venue. A wheelchair lift and assistive listening devices are available. Please locate the house manager on duty or visit the office, immediately to the left upon entering the building. SVA recommends that wheelchair users arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the event’s start time. If you require reasonable accommodation, please contact Hannah Joo at least two weeks prior to the event via email at or call 212.966.4452 (voice only).

About: New Yorkers for Culture & Arts invites you to The Future of NYC Culture and Arts: A conversation with New York City Council Speaker Candidates. The event is sponsored by SVA Theatre, and Dance/NYC is a community engagement partner.

One of NY4CA’s immediate goals will be to sponsor a culture and arts Candidates Forum, focusing on the upcoming selection of a new City Council Speaker. The event will help to underscore the Speaker’s role in prioritizing and advancing legislation and public policy in our City.

With the title, “A conversation with Speaker candidates on the value and impact of NYC’s Arts and Culture Sector,” the Forum will include discussion of the sector’s impact on the city’s economy and educational system, its value to community identity, livability, and development, and its importance to cutting-edge science and conservation efforts. Through this Forum, NY4CA will build on the past success of One Percent for Culture’s 2013 Mayoral Forum and the many candidate breakfasts by the NYC Arts Coalition during its 30 years as an arts advocacy organization.

Moderator: Juan Manuel Benítez, Journalist, Anchor, Reporter, NY1 News

Invited Candidates (in alphabetical order):

  • Hon. Robert Cornegy
  • Hon. Corey Johnson
  • Hon. Mark Levine
  • Hon. Donovan J. Richards
  • Hon. Ydanis Rodriguez
  • Hon. Ritchie J. Torres
  • Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
  • Hon. Jumaane Williams

What would you like to ask the candidates?


Media Contact:  Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182; 571-218-7601 (cell) –

New Yorkers for Culture & Arts presents:


A City Council Speakers Candidate Forum on Arts and Culture



A Conversation with New York City Council Speaker Candidates

Moderated by Juan Manuel Benítez, Journalist, Anchor, Reporter, NY1 New

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street


NEW YORK – November 20, 2017 – New Yorkers for Culture & Arts (NY4CA), New York City’s leading culture and arts advocacy organization, will host THE FUTURE OF NYC CULTURE AND ARTS: A Conversation with New York City Council Speaker Candidates on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30pm at the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.


The forum will feature conversations with New York City Councilmembers seeking to be elected Council Speaker for the next four years. Speaker candidates will respond to questions and discuss the future of New York City arts and culture and the role that community will play in shaping New York’s future. Juan Manuel Benítez, Journalist, Anchor, Reporter, of NY1 News will serve as moderator for the event.

Support for culture and arts are perennial issues in political races in New York City, which is arguably the cultural capital of the nation across numerous disciplines. The purpose of the forum is to give candidates for City Council Speaker an opportunity to share their vision for the future of arts and culture in New York City as it relates to the economic, educational, and cultural health of the city and its neighborhoods in all five boroughs.


NY4CA is an organization created by the 2015 merger of two culture and arts advocacy organizations – New York City Arts Coalition and One Percent for Culture.  It was founded to create coordinated, robust, and sustainable advocacy efforts to ensure all New Yorkers can benefit from the full diversity and power of the city’s arts and cultural life.  The organization seeks to help build a united front that engages all arts constituencies and delivers a common message to all of the city’s boroughs and neighborhoods. Along with its growing coalition of more than 500 businesses and non-profit organizations, NY4CA celebrates the broad diversity of cultural expression that fuels New York.

Media to RSVP by November 24, 2017 to Max Pulsinelli at

New Yorkers for Culture and Arts is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that does not support, oppose or endorse candidates for any elective office.

33 members of Cultural Institutions Group (CIG); 79 culture and arts program groups

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, American Museum of Natural History, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), Art for Progress, artHorizons, Arts & Democracy, Arts Gowanus, ARTs East New York, Asian American Arts Alliance, Associated Musicians of Greater New York – Local 802 AFM, Aubin Pictures, BAM, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BRIC, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx County Historical Society, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx River Art Center, BronxArtSpace, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, Center for Performance Research, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Classics in Color, Coopdanza, Dance/NYC, Dance Parade, Dancing in the Streets, David H. Koch Theater – New York City Ballet,  Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force, Dixon Place, Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, El Museo del Barrio, Exploring the Metropolis, FIGMENT, Flushing Town Hall, Fontanelli Productions, Friends of the QueensWay, Futuro Media Group, Gibney Dance, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem Stage, HB Studio, HERE, IndieSpace, Irondale Ensemble Project, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jonathan Slaff & Associates, Karen Fitzgerald/FitzgeraldArt, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mark Morris Dance Group, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS 1, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of the Moving Image, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY, New Heritage Theatre Group, New York Botanical Garden, New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, New York City Center, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Hall of Science, New York Women in Film & Television, NYC Artist Coalition, Parity Productions, Pen Parentis, Pioneer Works, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre, Queens World Film Festival, Red Hook Library, Regina Opera Company, Rooftop Films, Roundabout Theatre Company, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Zoo, Studio Museum in Harlem, The Center for Arts Education, The Chocolate Factory, The Civilians, The Field, The Film Lab, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, The Hart Island Project, The Indie Theater Fund, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, The Joyce Theater,  The Lark, The League of Independent Theater, The Public Theater, The Seeing Place Theater, Theatre of the Oppressed, Wash and Dry Productions, Wave Hill, Wildlife Conservation Society, Work of Art Productions