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Baruch College Hosts Three-Part Discussion Series

Arts, Artists and de Blasio's New York: Creative Partnerships-Arts, Cultural Organizations and Colleges

NEW YORK, NY - March 7, 2014 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran and won on a platform of a “tale of two cities.” His election prompts us to ask what a vision for a more egalitarian society could mean for the arts in our city.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College and Creative Cities International are co-sponsoring three discussions focusing on the relationship between the arts, artists and New York City. Each discussion will take a fresh look at how a progressive administration could, with public support, reshape and revitalize our attitudes and priorities on a wide range of pressing issues for the arts and culture broadly. What value do we place on ensuring dynamic cultural experiences for all our citizens?

NOTE: Each of the discussions will take place in the Engelman Recital Hall, located in the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), 55 Lexington Avenue. Discussions are open to the public with a suggested $10 donation. For more information call (646) 312-4090.



March 19, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.: Cultural Institutions, Artists and Public Policy: The Creative Side of Life

What role should the arts play in our lives? What role do they play now? In a city where we trumpet the enormous benefit of the arts to our well-being in many ways - economically, socially, and artistically - how do we reflect that in support for them? This discussion will challenge assumptions about how little there is to spend on support for cultural institutions large and small in all five boroughs, their programming for their communities, and how priorities for funding are determined.

Panelists: Tom Finkelpearl, Director, Queens Museums; Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage; and Jonah Bokaer, Choreographer and Founder, Chez Bushwick. Moderated by Randall Bourscheidt, President Emeritus, Alliance for the Arts.


April 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Creativity and the City: The Arts and Profound Change

Kristen Case, University of Maine at Farmington, Chronicle of Higher Education once said, “We cannot be a democracy if the power of imagination is allowed to become a luxury commodity.” Great cities big or small are receptive to the best talents wherever they may come from, which in turn fosters creativity and innovation. The success of a city is determined not only by its ability to expand opportunity for all its citizens economically but to give them the freedom to imagine the unexpected and the possible. This discussion will focus on how the arts, broadly defined, with their potential for critical and creative thinking can support Mayor de Blasio in realizing his vision.

Panelists: Fran Kaufman, Art Advisor, Curator and Partner, Kaufman Vardy Projects; Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Art, National Black Theatre; and Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. Moderated by Linda Lees, PhD, Director, Creative Cities International, LLC.


April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Creative Partnerships Between Arts and Cultural Organizations, Colleges, and Universities

New York City is an international center for arts and culture. Millions of tourists visit the city to enjoy its diverse offers from Broadway, to the Met, to small community based museums and performance companies. Yet many of the city’s population, particularly students enrolled in K-16, have little or no access to these resources. We need to get serious about how to make these creative experiences available to students of all ages. Students need engagement with the arts to help them develop and become more informed about the world around them. At the same time arts and cultural institutions search for ways to cultivate today’s students to become tomorrow’s patrons. This discussion will examine collaborative initiatives between art and cultural institutions, higher education and government in New York City and elsewhere. What are the lessons learned and how can we design and implement successful programs?

Panelists: Hector Cordero-Guzman, Professor School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, Board Secretary, El Museo del Barrio; other panelists to be announced. Moderated by Stan Altman, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.




About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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