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This fall, the League is joining forces with arts and community organizations in Brooklyn and Harlem to give you the resources you need to defend, support and protect local art creators and practitioners throughout the city.

These events will focus on direct and tangible ways to create positive change in your neighborhood and the community at large. Community boards play an important role in improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers, but many people don’t realize the significance of these boards or how they operate. Eliza Bent (of Real Talk Kip Talk) and Ike Ufomadu (of Ike at Night), will lead discussions with local community board members as well arts, public policy and community organizations on how to get involved in your local Community boards.

At each event, you’ll learn how exactly to participate in your local board as well as how to become a better advocate for your neighborhood community.

The League invites you to join us at any of these events:

Tuesday September 26 7-9pm - RSVP
505 ½ Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11238
Tuesday October 17 7-9pm - RSVP
The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street
Brooklyn NY 11237
(Will feature Spanish-language interpretation)

Monday October 23 7-9pm - RSVP
National Black Theatre
2013 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(Will feature Spanish-language interpretation)

2017 Election

The League's Endorsed Candidates Rally on the steps of the Kraine Theatre in the East Village, May 23, 2017. 

The League's Endorsed Candidates Rally on the steps of the Kraine Theatre in the East Village, May 23, 2017. 


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:


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! 

At the steps of the Kraine, two months after our Meet the Candidates 2017 forum, the League held a press conference to announce our endorsed candidates. Councilmembers Van Bramer, Kallos, and Cumbo, as well as Comptroller Scott Stringer, all spoke about their commitment to the arts, and called upon the independent theater community to be active and #getloud

May 23, 2017

Endorsed Candidates Rally

Kraine Theater

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:


Endorsement Process

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

March 15, 2017

Meet the Candidates 2017

Kraine Theater

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.