State of New York launches public-private partnership to support arts and culture

Posted on: January 13, 2021

“Declaring that New York urgently needs to revive its arts and entertainment industry if it is to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that the state would begin taking a series of interim steps to help to bring back some cultural events in the short term and put more unemployed artists back to work,” writes Sarah Bahr in Tuesday’s (1/11) New York Times. “Theaters have been closed since March because of the pandemic…. Cuomo said that the state would begin a public-private partnership to offer a series of statewide pop-up concerts …; begin a pilot program exploring how socially distant performances might be held safely in flexible venues whose seating is not fixed; and work in partnership with the Mellon Foundation to distribute grants to put more than 1,000 artists back to work and provide money to community arts groups…. The public-private partnership, New York Arts Revival … will be spearheaded by the producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, along with the New York State Council on the Arts…. Mr. Cuomo said that he hoped to expand rapid testing, including at pop-up sites, to make it easier for people to be tested before visiting restaurants or theaters.”