Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Young Audiences, discuss the state of arts education in New York City schools and funding of New York’s cultural institutions. Last week Leonard Lopate and Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson moderated a conversation with mayoral candidates about arts education and funding, and we’ll find out where the candidates stand on those issues.


Susan Fuhrman, Nancy Kleaver and Heather Woodfield

Comments [2]

Josh from NYC

As a music teacher in NYC Public Schools for 16 years until harassment from the principal of my High School forced me and the only other music teacher to seek "early retirement", I can say without reservation that Bloomberg and his henchman (the principals) have successfully carried out their plan of wiping out Music in our city schools.
My HS had a school band for almost 70 years, and now there are no performing organizations in the school, and thousands of musical instruments are just rusting away.
I hope you like hip-hop and rap, because the future Charles Minguses, Marion Williams and Charlie Parkers are never going to come from this city.

Aug. 08 2013 01:38 PM
Cynthia from East Harlem

The child may not become an artist but if they form a love for it - there is your supporters of the future and when you know an artist you the follow him/her. I was lucky to got Music & Art but my love of the arts was ignited with the help of the performances that Walton HS had and that my mom ( a teacher there) took all 4 of us to every year. It was affordable, supported the kids and we could even invite a friend. Many of the border line students stayed in school because at least if they were in the arts and excelled they had something to be proud of. Plus they had to at least pass the basics to be able to be in them so there was a built in incentive. It worked. ITS NEEDED!!!!

Aug. 08 2013 12:35 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.