30 Issues: Funding for the Arts

Friday, October 11, 2013

Stairwell in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. (Vivienne Gucwa/flickr)

It’s Grab-Bag Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Kate Levin, talks about the Bloomberg administration's support for NYC's artists and arts organizations as listeners call in to make the case to the next mayor.


Kate Levin

Comments [11]


Drilling for oil on National Forest Land is Tax Deductible.

Pharmaceutical lawyers fighting to keep off-patent products on patent is Tax Deductible.

Keep the weird pseudo-charity -- just make buying Art Tax Deductible!

Oct. 12 2013 07:41 PM

@in Manhattan, I completely agree with you. NYC is becoming a place where you want to sell art but not to create it; the rents are not worth it especially to a young person.

Oct. 11 2013 11:55 AM
Oscar from NY

Reason the arts are boring is because this decade has dedicated in other things know American idol, the voice, all these shows with talented musicians that sing and dance and they get all the love come there's not a show for an artist..back in the 80s we painted the city, we made Chelsea, Williamsburg ..but it was forgotten by this new administrators ...the only thing that can help the art world and I'm talking the boring ones like opera, oils, verbal, is a hero or 0 and honestly I one day will be know ..I am one of the best painters artist in the world but here I am ..this city needs to get loose..

Oct. 11 2013 11:55 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well,"The Arts" is a large part of the entertainment industry, and that industry does create jobs and wealth as more people use more of their own money to buy entertainment products. Today the video game industry is larger than the motion picture industry, and far larger than the classical arts and music industries, but does not get very much coverage in the mainstream media. The video game industry does not get public funding as far as I know, even less than the motion picture industry.

Oct. 11 2013 11:51 AM
Karen from East Village

The commissioner said that the Bloomberg Administration's aim is to make NYC accessible to "all kinds of people" which I think should be amended "all kinds of people with capital or parents to back them financially." When I came to NYC in 1978 I did not need much capital, but I needed a lot of scrappiness and guts. I think NYC has lost so MUCH culturally when young people with little money and lots of scrappiness can't afford to come. She says NYC has gained, and that may be so, but it has also lost a lot. An investor controlled art world gets boring.

Oct. 11 2013 11:51 AM
in Manhattan

New York is a wonderful place to consume art. And so far in the conversation that's what this conversation has been about. But it's no longer a sustainable place for artists to live and make work. Younger artists are routinely discouraged – by elder artists – from coming to this city because it's too expensive to have the time to make work and to learn from other artists. The Bloomberg administration had to choose between real estate speculation and a live-able city, for artists and any other working people. Chose speculation.

Oct. 11 2013 11:48 AM

jgabbuz, leaders from kings to mayors and all in between have always supported the arts with funds from the people. philanthropy is important, but it has NEVER been the only way.

Arts are fun, entertaining, and educational, so to compare it to castor oil says more about you than it does about the arts. And video games are considered art in many ways and by many mavens, so you couldn't be more behind the curve on that.

Oct. 11 2013 11:42 AM
chuck from lower manhattan

Could the commissioner comment on the demise of the South Street Seaport Museum? I believe she lives down there.

Oct. 11 2013 11:41 AM
joanne from nyc

make life easier for the artist by getting rid of some yuppies that are pushing up rents.

Oct. 11 2013 11:40 AM
Max from Northern NJ

Monetary support for The Arts in America would be far easier to garner were the United States not killing people they do not know for reasons they do not understand with money they do not have.

End this perpetual state of undeclared war. Put first things first.

Oct. 11 2013 11:29 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The traditional way the "arts" have been supported throughout history has been thanks to wealthy patrons. It's still mostly the case. How much taxpayers should be made to do so is a different question.

"The Arts" are supposed to be good for us, like Castor Oil. Personally, I like video game artwork. Maybe if the mavens of the arts begin to look at video games as an art form, it might pique my interest.

Oct. 11 2013 11:17 AM

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