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We can keep people in the city at relatively low wages. Many people who work in finance as administrators and personal assistants would jump at the chance of working in an arts organization even if it means taking a pay cut. I know people who have made that leap from 50-60k working in the financial sector to 30k working for non-profits (back when finance work was plentiful) and were quite happy about it. Now those finance jobs are no longer secure and departments are being cut for efficiency.
For the amount of money it takes the government to sustain a person on unemployment they can almost sustain them in a non-profit job that will in turn create more local spending.
I think this is the direction we should be pushing in, I don't think corporate funding is going to be any easier. However, the government has money they need to spend, we just need to talk them into spending it our way.
On May 13th, The Field and Galapagos Art Space are sponsoring an event called The New Economy Smack Down. They have assembled a double panel of "cultural stakeholders, entrepreneurs and gatekeepers" to participate in "lively debate, truth-telling, and prophesizing" about art and its place in the new economy.
I certainly hope they will be discussing the Mayor's plan for not-for-profits in NYC (see previous posting).
It looks to be an interesting conversation and perhaps some solutions and suggestions will arise from this.
Check out the Field's website for more information.
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm
at Galapagos Art Space
FREE with RSVP, plus cash bar!!!
Also check out the Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists blog.