Diversity & Equity in New York City’s Cultural Workforce

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has published the results of a survey examining the diversity of staff and leadership at nonprofit cultural organizations that are funded by the city. The survey release marks a major milestone in DCLA’s initiative to promote and cultivate diversity in the cultural community. The survey found that while New York City’s cultural sector is far more diverse than cultural organizations on the national level, it lags behind the demographic diversity of the city’s population. Using this data as a baseline, DCLA now plans to work with partners from a range of sectors to find concrete ways to promote a more diverse cultural community, including efforts focused on building pipelines to employment and leadership positions that target underrepresented populations, and creating opportunities for organizations to share successful strategies with one another.

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