A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

October 1, 2014 10:10 PM

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A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter. In doing so, I invite attention both to the role of community in the potential planning process and to community as a vision achievable through cultural planning.

Why "community"? It is the most frequent answer given by participants in NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE, a new initiative featuring statements from residents of all 51 City Council districts on why dance and culture matter to their neighborhoods. I offer a reading of the term that involves both "working dire...

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