Activists, educators and elected officials will gather on Wednesday, October 29, to examine the role that public arts play in preserving and reflecting urban diversity as part of a panel discussion hosted by the department of Art and Public Policy at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


The panel will include Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, adjunct professor at the NYU Tisch Department of Art and Public Policy and Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI); Tom Finkelpearl, New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs; and New York City Council Members Laurie Cumbo, Stephen Levin, and Jimmy Van Bramer, the latter of whom also serves as Council Majority Leader and Chair of the NYC Council's Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee.

“Our rich cultural history is one of our City’s greatest treasures, but it runs the risk of disappearing if we don’t actively protect it and promote access to underserved peoples by assuring cultural equity thru fair distribution of funds,” said Moreno Vega, whose mission at CCCADI is to preserve the cultural history of El Barrio in East Harlem and other African descendant communities. “I’m heartened that this administration is willing to get practical in devising ways for our cultural institutions to truly reflect soul of our entire city working to eliminate the tale of two cities. As the administration works on developing a cultural policy, it is important to assure that diverse voices representing the mosaic of communities are integral to the creation of the Cultural Plan.”

In addition to CCCADI and NYU Tisch, the panel is sponsored by Equity Roundtable and Community Board 11. The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, located at 721 Broadway (between Washington and Waverly), 12th floor. Attendees must RSVP by emailing and bring a valid photo ID.


About the NYU Tisch Department of Art & Public Policy
The Department of Art and Public Policy provides artists and those working in the intellectual and institutional domains of art and public engagement to enhance and elaborate the value and significance of their creative endeavors through intensive study, reflection, and engagement within academia and with the broader world. The Department offers an MA in Arts Politics and an undergraduate minor in Art & Public Policy. Visit here for more information.



Press Contact

Shonna Keogan
Shonna Keogan
(212) 998-6796