Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Majority Leader Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and over 20 of the city’s renowned cultural institutions today celebrated the New York City Council’s nearly $64 million in capital funding for the city’s finest and renowned cultural institutions, including $8 million for BAM. The funding will support various capital projects aimed at stabilization and upkeep so that they can continue providing the best the city has to offer in arts and culture. The New York City Council’s Brooklyn delegation joined the Speaker and their Council Colleagues in celebrating this momentous win. Also on hand were the representatives from some of their city’s renowned institutions in art and culture: Alvin Ailey, Brooklyn Museum, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dancewave, The Tenement Museum, BronxNet, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art (HERE), Queens Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, The Hispanic Society of America, The New 42nd Street, Repetorio Español, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Mark DeGarmo Dance, International Studio & Curatorial Program and the Staten Island Museum.
“New York City’s cultural institutions are vital to our city and they’re home to the most vibrant and artistic cultural community in the world,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “As Speaker I have consistently backed measures that support the City’s cultural institutions and recognize their fundamental importance to the cultural fabric of the City. I’m proud that we were able to make this investment our city’s arts and cultural institutions and provide the opportunity for positive self-expression and education for all New Yorkers.”
“Arts and culture are what make New York what it is,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “We must invest in the institutions and organizations that inspire New Yorkers from all walks of life. As the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, I am proud to be a member of a Council that heavily values art and the contributions that arts and culture make to New York City. This record allocation of cultural capital funding will help insure that the arts can continue to inspire for years to come.”
“New York City’s cultural institutions open a world of exploration and opportunity for our young children, for aspiring artist and scientist, and for newcomers and visitors alike,” said Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Chair of the Committee on Finance. “They are an invaluable thread in the fabric of New York City life and this Council is proud to have negotiated nearly $64 million in capital funding to support their growth. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for making cultural institutions a priority and Cultural Affairs Chair Jimmy Van Bramer for his staunch advocacy.”
Below is a list of Queens cultural institutions that have been awarded capital funding for FY’ 17