Here’s a job opening New Yorkers will want to hear about: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is looking for proposals for its first-ever comprehensive “cultural plan,” the city announced last week.
Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed landmark legislation for the development of a roadmap to address the availability of cultural activities and the needs of artists and artistic communities.
The recently enacted law requires the city to develop a plan to address public access to cultural activities, affordable housing and workspace for artists, arts education in schools, to assess the role of cultural events in community development and actively seek the public’s input on all of the above. Similar plans have been developed in Chicago and Denver.
“We want to make sure there’s equality in access. We can’t rest on our laurels and think we’re already doing it perfectly,” council majority leader and chair of the committee on cultural affairs Jimmy Van Bramer told the Observer.
The city is looking for someone to help develop the plan itself. Since it needs to be completed by July 1, 2017, the consultant will be contracted for roughly a year, during which they’ll work with the city to develop the plan and conduct extensive public outreach.
“We want someone…who looks at us from an objective lens,” acting commissioner of culture affairs Edwin Torres told us.
The agency’s requirements say that the entity chosen for the job must “have successful experience and a proven track record working on planning efforts in concert with public agencies in at least one major urban area,” as well as “technical, managerial and financial capability.”
The city’s request for proposals has been posted in the City Record online, and will be open through January.
“This Administration recognizes that the arts are essential to the vibrancy of our communities and the quality of the education we provide our students,” said cultural affairs commissioner Tom Finkelpearl in a statement.