Arts And Culture
Music, art and cultural diversity were a daily part of Carlina’s local upbringing. District 2 has a rich history of housing artists and is home to hundreds of murals and iconic cultural spaces and districts. With potential cuts in federal aid to this realm, Carlina is committed to standing up to save the arts by fighting for:
Cultural and Community Spaces – Our community is home to the Fourth Arts Block Cultural District (FAB), which supports a dozen arts groups and 100,000 square feet of cultural space. This vision to secure funding to make FAB permanent was made possible through community collaboration. FAB is a model for how City Councilmembers can work with local cultural organizations to help them. Carlina looks to craft legislation that creates a database of underutilized public space giving orchestras, ensembles and emerging artists somewhere to grow.
Arts in Education – Carlina is committed to keeping arts as a core subject in a STEAM curriculum and supporting programs that provide opportunities for expression and exposure to cultural institutions.
Labor Oversight – Local artists have contributed to making New York City the cultural capital of the world and are often underpaid. Carlina will advocate for fair wages and workplace protections and ensure public funds do not go to employers or venues that intentionally misclassify the position of working artists and ignore best practices.
Local Film Production – While filming in in our city remains as popular as ever, post-production work and scoring are frequently outsourced. Through organizing and agency communication, Carlina will work to ensure that film industry workers are not exploited and that productions, from start to finish, are truly made in NY.
A Cultural Plan – We have an opportunity to enhance access to arts and culture in all five boroughs. Carlina will continue working in coalition on this first-ever comprehensive initiative which will give residents a greater role in deciding what arts and culture looks like in their neighborhoods.