The Process Continues 

Paul Nagel 

Tuesday, March 10th the Arts Task Force of Community Board 3 met at Theater for the New City to discuss the The Public Forum On Small to Mid-Sized Theatres in NYC, which was held on February 17th and events that have occurred since that night.  In attendance were approximately 30 outside observers.  Invited guest Caron Atlas kicked off the meeting speaking about opportunities for combined community organizing and arts advocacy.

The task force drafted and unanimously passed a resolution in support of our goals.  Resolutions are the community boards’ mechanism for formally conveying their concerns and demands to elected officials.  A resolution must first be passed by the appropriate committee.  It is then sent to the Executive Committee for comments and tweaking; and a final resolution is crafted for presentation and vote at the full board’s monthly meeting.

This resolution can be used by the other community boards as the basis of similar letters or resolutions, so that small to mid-sized theaters can be advocated for on a common basis and at the same time across all affected Community Boards.  The first hour of the full board meeting is open for public comments. If you agree with the basic resolution (specific wording may be tweaked during the process), please considering coming and showing support at this meeting.  And if you were caught in the NYSCA funding debacle, please consider sending us a one page impact statement about how your organization was affected. We will present these to policy makers as a compendium of anonymous documents.

  1. The State Legislature is meeting at the end of this month to specifically discuss NYSCA Funding and its restoration. They read their mail. Our job is show them that small to mid-sized theaters demand their support.

    Send a 1-page impact or support statement for NYSCA to and we will collect and forward them on.

  2. Attend the Community Board 3 meeting to show support for these important resolutions. Check back for dates, times and locations.

  3. Send letters to your elected officials and representatives (addresses here). Bring their attention to the two issues below and ask for their support:            
            - Expanding 421A to include tax breaks for developers who include ground floor
               cultural spaces
            - Support Council Member Gerson's tax abatement legislation for landlords who
               rent to non-profit theatres

Public Forum Resource Page
Check out the transcripts of this event, listen to the audio recordings or watch the YouTube videos. We also include other important links.


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