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.

Join us and help make an impact - all volunteers welcome!

Here's a timeline of our planned activities for this election year:


Jan. 19, 2017

Ghostlight Project

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.

Feb. 7, 2017

Activist Training + Planning Workshop

We hosted a training workshop, building knowledge around New York City government and how activists can be heard in city politics.

We also be redrafted the Performing Arts Platform through a participatory process.

Feb. 27, 2017

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.

March 15, 2017

Meet the Candidates 2017

Kraine Theater

As in 2013 (archived here), the League will be hosting a forum with candidates running for elected city-wide office to answer questions about their positions on the Performing Arts Platform.

Based on candidate responses, we will take community input from League members on which candidates to endorse for office.

March 22, 2017

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.

April-May 2017

Endorsement Process

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.

On April 20th, 2017, the first round of endorsements were announced. The list of endorsed candidates is here:

Sept. 12, 2017 - Primary Election
November 7 2017 - General Election

Please remember that most races are decided by the outcomes of the primary so be sure to get to the polls on Sept. 12!