Doris C. Freedman

First Director of Cultural Affairs for New York City, President of The Public Art Fund, and Host of WNYC's Artists in the City.

In the 1970s, Freedman led a fight to legalize artists residences in Soho, and also pushed for the Percent for Art legislation, which requires one percent of all city construction budgets be spent on art. The plaza at the southeast corner of Central Park is named in her honor. 

Doris C. Freedman appears in the following:

The Landmark Illuminations of Dudley Gray and Joe Strand

Saturday, December 29, 1979

Dudley Gray and conceptual artist Joe Strand talk about their "Landmark Illuminations."

WNYC archives id: 62964


The Opening of the New York Feminist Art Institute

Tuesday, July 10, 1979

The founders of The New York Feminist Art Institute discuss the environment and educational opportunities their new institute will offer.
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Ruckus Manhattan

Friday, December 12, 1975

Guests: Red Grooms, Mimi Grooms, Kent Hines, Anita O'Neil / Moderator: Doris C. Freedman

Ruckus Manhattan was a multimedia, three-dimensional representation of Manhattan on display on the ground level of 88 Pine Street. The out-of-scale model, constructed of papier-mâché, wood, plastic, fiberglass, and vinyl, ...


Interview with Miriam Colon

Monday, August 24, 1970

This is an interview with Miriam Colon, founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, a street theater company. She has acted in seventeen plays in New York City and five major Hollywood films, including "One-Eyed Jacks" and "Appaloosa," as well as many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. She is a member ...


Jason Crum and Allan D'Arcangelo Talk Wall Murals

Sunday, August 23, 1970

Suddenly wall murals are everywhere in NYC.


Martin Scorsese and the American Underground

Friday, July 17, 1970

Early interview with Scorcese provides a glimpse into his formative years.
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Betty Blayton Taylor and Susan Shapiro Talk Community Arts

Sunday, May 03, 1970

Two leading advocates for community organized arts programs, talk about their children's educational initiatives and neighborhood workshops.