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Citywide initiative to help cultural nonprofits, art funding

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The infamous moniker of “one percent” gained an innovative, positive meaning among the arts community.

At MoMA PS1 on Tuesday, January 8, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced his support for the One Percent for Culture campaign, a citywide initiative aimed at increasing funding towards art institutions and impressing upon the city the value of cultural nonprofits. The coalition, containing 245 members thus far, seeks to ensure that nonprofit cultural establishments, responsible for assisting the city to generate billions in annual revenue, are granted one percent of the city’s annual budget.

Currently, arts and culture organizations receive a quarter of one percent of the city’s yearly budget.

“We know that that number and the billions in revenue that get spun off because of that could not happen without culture and the arts,” said Van Bramer. “The economy of the city of New York could not stand without culture and the arts. It simply could not.”

Arts and culture bring in $7.6 billion for the city of New York every year and provide jobs for roughly 100,000 New Yorkers. According to Van Bramer, the tourism boom, recently announced by Mayor Bloomberg, is in thanks to art institutions that entice visitors from all over the world, adding that culture and the arts is one of the few areas of the city budget that generates revenue.

Cultural leaders from across the city joined Van Bramer to announce the initiative and speak on its behalf, including Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and Eric Pryor, executive director of the Center for Arts Education. Charles Rice-Gonzalez, executive director of Bronx Academy for Arts & Dance (BAAD!) said increased funding for arts organizations creates a symbiotic relationship between culture and community, which serve to nourish and inspire each other.

“One Percent for Culture is about giving this vital segment, the arts of our city, a chance to come up to speed with the rest of the industry,” said Rice-Gonzalez. “We have managed to make a great impact with modest amounts. Imagine what could be done if one percent of the city’s budget is given to culture?”

Sheila Lewandowski, executive director of Long Island City playhouse The Chocolate Factory, said that with extra funding, she could afford to increase wages for the 100 artists on her payroll, purchase better equipment and decrease ticket prices.

“If we don’t value [art], we might lose it,” said Lewandowski. “One Percent for Culture is very valuable to my organization, a small very experimental organization, because it says we’re valuable. It’s the city saying ‘we see what you give back to the economy, to the quality of life, to everything.”

While Van Bramer called the announcement “a very exciting time,” the councilmember added that it was imperative to secure “the expense funding to follow the capital funding.”

“We have to be aggressive as a community. We have to know our value to the city of New York and make sure others know it too. Not everyone knows that we are keeping the city running. No one should ever doubt the power of art and the power of artists.”


What’s Happening This Weekend

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Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness;


Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness; made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, the Louis Armstrong Collage Exhibition features reproductions of some of the remarkable collages created by Louis Armstrong affixed to the boxes of his audio tapes, and introduces audiences to this very public man who could turn his irrepressible creativity to arts other than music; visit www.flushingtownhall.com or call 718-463-7700 for more details.

November 3-13 Queens Theatre in the Park: ‘S Wonderful; five mini-musicals take audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwins the most successful songwriting team in musical history; featuring more than 40 classic hits including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” ‘S Wonderful will have you tapping your toes to the fascinating rhythms of George & Ira Gershwin; visit www.queenstheatre.org or call 718-760-0064.


Sunday, October 16 Queens Botanical Garden: Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch; Queens Botanical Garden will usher in the autumn months with the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch celebration. The family-friendly event will celebrate the season with food – including barbecue from Famous Dave’s BBQ and a beer tent – live bluegrass music, storytelling, poetry readings, garden workshops and tours, children’s activities, as well as craft vendors; visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800 for more information.

Sunday, October 16 Bell Boulevard: The Second Annual Bayside Village Arts and Crafts Fair; the emphasis of this year’s fair will shift slightly to the visual and performing, cultural arts with entertainment that will expand from some soft acoustic musical groups and individual local musical artisans to include some of the performing arts and dance groups based in the Bayside business district; items for sale; visit www.baysidebid.com or call 718-423-2434 for more information.

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 Free Tours for openhousenewyork Weekend; The c. 1887 Officers’ Club, home of Bayside Historical Society, will be among some 200 architecturally-significant sites across NYC spotlighted during the 9th annual openhousenewyork Weekend, the nation’s largest architecture and design event; visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-1548.


7 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church in Astora: Film Festival, The Force of Evil; all are welcome to join members of the Immaculate Conception Church to watch “The Dark Knight” (Oct. 14), “Never Let Me Go” (Oct. 21) and “The Exorcist” (Oct. 28); each movie night will feature guest speakers; visit www.ic-astoria.org.
October 14-16 The Astoria/LIC International Film Festival: an exciting mix of submissions is sure to make the second annual Astoria/LIC International Film; visit www.astorialic.com for a list of films, events and venues.

4 p.m. Far Rockaway Library: The Traditional Sounds and Dance of Veracruz, Mexico; celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the traditional sounds and dance of Veracruz, Mexico with Radio Jarocho, a New York City-based group devoted to the son jarocho and fandango traditions from southern Veracruz, Mexico; call 718-327-2549.

2:30 p.m. Hollis Library: An Afternoon of Theater; enjoy scenes from the works of modern American writers such as Neil Simon, Ivan Menchell and John Steinbeck; call 718-465-7355.


2-5 p.m. Community Church of Douglaston: Heaven on Earth; celebrate the rebirth and renewal of the historic 1850’s cottage at the Community Church of Douglaston; open house and tours; presented by the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society; visit www.dlnhs.org.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Where the Water Lies; ancient and modern, east and west converge in music performed on Chinese and Western instruments; call 718-661-1200.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Lung and Esophageal Cancer; Dr. Andrew J. Kaufman, assistant professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will talk about general lung diseases, lung and esophageal cancer, care, prevention and surgery; Q&A and discussion will follow. In English with Chinese translation; call 718-661-1200.


3 p.m. Queensborough Performing Arts Center: Three Mo’ Tenors; conceived and directed by the highly acclaimed veteran Broadway performer, choreographer and director, Marion J. Caffey, Three Mo’ Tenors showcases the extraordinary versatility of African-American tenors who can sing it all; For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are also available online at www.visitQPAC.org.


5-6:30 p.m. Campbell Dome at Queens College: A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk; the 2006 Nobel Prize winner for literature will discuss his work with a Queens College professor reflecting on the challenges of translating his work for world audiences; his appearance is part of the college’s “Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, Future,” a series of cultural events taking place through June 2012; call 718-997-5000 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu.

6 p.m. Arverne Library: Pauline Jean; vocalist Pauline Jean sings classic jazz and Motown hits by groups like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and much, much more; call 718-634-4784.

2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Financial Empowerment Center; Come talk to a financial counselor and learn how to work with your credit, debt, household budget and money management in general. To register, call the Queens Financial Empowerment Center at 646-810-4050, ext. 112 and indicate that you want to register for a session at Queens Library. You can also call 3-1-1 and ask for the Financial Empowerment in Queens; you will be connected to the same phone line.

6 p.m. Long Island City Library: Applying for Benefits; learn how to apply for various benefits. This program is hands-on and library staff will assist attendees preparing to apply for benefits such as Medicaid, Safelink and food stamps; call 718-752-3700.

6:30 p.m., Windsor Park Library: Information Literacy for Kids; join the library for our first ever information literacy class for children and their parents; learn how to find books in the library and use our many wonderful resources for school projects. This program is in four required sessions and is for children in Grades 3-5; call 718-468-8300.

7 p.m. South Ozone Park Library: Help Save a Life: Learn CPR – Free On-Site Training for Adults; the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit provides adult CPR awareness with hands-on participation to help you learn the core skills of CPR; knowing CPR cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make a difference in saving a family member, friend or co-worker’s life; preregistration is required; call the library or come in and sign up at the Information Desk; call 718-529-1660.


6:30 p.m. Queens College’s Rosenthal Library: U.S. Poet Laureate Phillip Levine; called one of America’s great narrative poets, Phillip Levine will read from his work to students, faculty and members of the community; Levine has won almost every major writing award including a Pulitzer Prize in 1995; visit www.qc.cuny.edu or visit 718-997-5000.

1:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Third Tuesday Movie Matinees (Growing up Queens: A Study of Childhood in Our Unique Borough); Queens Historical Society is pleased to present their newest event series, Third Tuesday Movie Matinees, featuring movies evoking childhood and celebrating memories of growing up in New York; call 718-939-0647.

2:30 p.m. Auburndale Library: Pianist David Heckendorn; a tribute to Leonid Levin, performed by Pianist David Heckendorn with music from classic American films: “The Sound of Music,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather,” and popular songs by the great American songwriters Gershwin, Porter and Kern.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Your Own Business: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; learn how to develop your idea into a business plan; participants will learn creating a demand for your product/service, setting goals and objectives, budgeting and timelines; identifying resources and networks, getting ready to open your doors; every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Job Information Center; to register, please call 718-990-5102.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Staying Healthy and Losing Weight Naturally in a Chemically Toxic World; Dr. Jesson Manukonda, M.D., will provide practical yet powerful lifestyle strategies for weight loss, fitness, disease prevention and natural treatments for most diseases; call 718-990-0700.


Sunday, October 23 at 10 a.m. Reform Temple of Forest Hills: Talk on Homelessness in America; a discussion regarding how homelessness can relate to trauma, violence and mental illness; to register, visit www.rtfh.org or call the temple at 718-261-2900.

Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Avenue): New York Asian Women’s Center 29th Anniversary Benefit and Phoenix Awards; silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; tickets can be purchased online at www.nycharities.org, keyword: New York Asian Women’s Center; call 646-502-5337 or visit www.nyawc.org for more information.

Through October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose superheroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

Through November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.