My friend Gerald Cleaver forwarded me an email about a new group organizing in New York City to advocate for better public support of the arts, in particular support for performance space.
The economy of this city is greatly benefited by its incredibly vibrant artistic culture, and yet there seems to be no consideration in urban planning for providing the bare basic resources necessary to cultivate the next generation of artists. As real estate costs in Manhattan and beyond continue to push the arts further out into the periphery, the issue demands community consideration and action.
Below is the invitation as I received it...
We are organizing a musician action group to demand that New York City provide an adequate subsidized performance space in manhattan. We have other issues as well that If we are organized we might successfully address.
We are having a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday August 21 atClemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk Street
between Delancey and Rivington
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN COME TO EITHER OF THESE MEETINGS
ARTISTS RISE UP
Creative Music Action (ACMA) is a group of musicians, other artists and their supporters who are joining together as a pressure group to bring awareness about the needs of art in our communities
ACMA is dedicated to the principle that NYC's new music and experimental jazz culture is a unique asset that must not be left to the mercy of market forces. The varied original, creative musics that have been developed in New York and exported all over the world must be supported in New York, the city of their origin. In order to make that support real and substantial, it is imperative that New York donates a building that is centrally located in Manhattan. There are other issues that can and will be addressed by this new organization, including pressuring for more adequate coverage in the various medias - that is radio, television and the print media. For example, JAZZ is a living, developing and evolving, non-commercial Art form that needs intelligent and appropriate coverage.
ACMA recognizes that New York City, historically the international capital for innovative music, is now facing an acute cultural crisis. The formidable forces wielded by a sky rocketing real estate market have steadily eliminated new music venues from Manhattan, driving out musicians and composers, young and old, famous and unknown, whom all have contributed mightily to the vitality of this great city. ACMA is working with government officials and private sponsors to vigorously reverse this trend. ACMA is now working with Arts for Art to find an adaquate space to establish a creative music center, centrally located in downtown New York. but it is cleat that the scope of the music that would be presented in a New Venue would be broader than that of the Vision Festival including a real representation of all of the innovative non-commercial music that New York has to offer.
We Invite all who are interested to come to a Town Hall Meeting to take place at Clemente Soto Velez on Wednesday August 22.
Plan is to put pressure on the City to give AFA and other worthy organizations
buildings and/or spaces in strategic locations for creative music / other arts.
letter writing to publications and gov't officials
demonstrations / rallys - Where?
Talking and blogging about this EVERYWhere
communicate that musicians are aware of their worth and their rights
1. How do the arts benefit our community in general and the innovative creative music in particular
2. Identify issues – what is keeping the arts out of the community and what can be done about this
3. Organize events
4. Blog and letter writing
5. Go to meetings with politicians