This year is a crucial election year.
We are voting for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, and City Councilmembers, and we have the opportunity to leverage this election to advance our Performing Arts Platform.
Here's a timeline of our planned activities for this election year:
The League of Independent Theater was proud to join alongside theaters across the United States to shine a light for inclusive, open culture in the wake of last year's election. We pledged to take concrete local action to further the right of every individual to participate in a sustainable, open culture.
Activist Training + Planning Workshop
We will be hosting a training workshop, building knowledge around New York City government and how activists can be heard in city politics.
We will also be redrafting the Performing Arts Platform through a participatory process - we want to hear from you what priorities we should push with elected officials through this election process.
City Council Hearing on the Cultural Plan
New York City is developing a 5-year cultural plan, to be passed by City Council and enacted by the Department for Cultural Affairs.
Hearings are open to the public, held in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Meet the Candidates 2017
Based on candidate responses, we will take community input from League members on which candidates to endorse for office.
CreateNYC All Day Symposium + Town Hall
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY will be hosting a day-long symposium and town hall in support of the New York City cultural plan (CreateNYC).
The symposium will feature morning breakout sessions around the themes and ideas generated out of a series of breakfasts and meetings between over 100 artists, students, cultural workers and organizations in the months leading up to this event. The afternoon program features short presentations of direct proposals to the planning consultants. The League will be hosting a breakout session and participating.
With feedback from the Meet the Candidates event as well as online voting from our membership, we will select candidates to endorse for the election.
Once completed, we will create a Voter Guide (sample from 2013) to inform indie theater workers on their choices in the election.