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File #: Res 1611-2021    Version: * Name: Establishing the New York Works Progress Program to support out of work artists. (S.1141A/A.2409)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 4/22/2021
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.1141A/A.2409, establishing the New York Works Progress Program to support out of work artists.
Sponsors: James G. Van Bramer
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 1611, 2. April 22, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Res. No. 1611

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.1141A/A.2409, establishing the New York Works Progress Program to support out of work artists.

 

By Council Member Van Bramer

 

Whereas, According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the arts and culture industry contributed $119.9 billion to the New York State economy as recently as 2019; and

Whereas, Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 62% of arts and cultural workers are unemployed according to Americans for the Arts; and

Whereas, According to a survey conducted by the Music Workers Alliance, between November and December 2020, 71% of musicians and DJs have lost three quarters or more of their income; and

Whereas, During times of economic turmoil, the U.S. government has instituted job programs, such as the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, which publicly commissioned music, painting, writing, theatre, sculpture, dance and other mediums of art under Federal Project Number One; and

Whereas, One of the founding principles of Federal Project Number One was, “In time of need the artist, no less than the manual worker, is entitled to employment”; and

Whereas, Similar programs have made the work of thousands of artists possible, including Doris Humphrey, Orson Welles, Aaron Douglas, Jackson Pollock and Aaron Copland; and

Whereas, New York Assemblymember Pat Fahy recognizes the employment crisis caused by the pandemic, having stated, “Nearly one-third of those under 35 are out of work with the majority in low-wage, retail sector, or gig-economy jobs," and emphasizing that a work program would provide young New Yorkers with jobs in the creative economy while also bolstering the state’s arts and cultural institutions; and

Whereas, On January 7, 2021, Assemblymember Fahy and New York Senator Rachel May introduced legislation to establish the New York Works Progress Program, S.1141A/A.2409, which would provide pandemic recovery assistance for individuals who are out of work in the creative economy; and

Whereas, Supporting creative people and businesses can uphold the long-term livability and cultural vibrancy that makes New York City a destination for talent, business and investment; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.1141A/A.2409, establishing the New York Works Progress Program to support out of work artists.

LS #17308

03/23/2021

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