Governor Andrew Cuomo’s post-Covid-19 “reconstruction” plan, once resolved, argues that it is important to focus on the revival of art and maintain its appeal to New York.
Inspiring President John F. Kennedy’s words, Mr. Cuomo said February 4th would be the beginning of a public-private partnership to bring performances and exhibitions to outdoor venues throughout the state.
“Few people have been hurt by Covid as much as our artists. According to a National Arts Foundation survey, 52% of actors, 55% of dancers and 27% of musicians were unemployed in New York in September 2020. The arts and culture industry accounts for about 500,000 people and has a $ 120 billion economic outcome, “said Kuomo.
In a public-private partnership with a charitable partner, the state will provide space, staff support, and marketing, according to Cuomo. There is also a pilot program to open a large indoor space with testing and ventilation.
One of the state’s upcoming partnerships is with Elizabeth Alexander, chairman of the Mellon Foundation, which aims to bring 1,000 artists to work by funding community art groups.
“We have to act. We can’t wait until summer to turn on the lights again for the arts and provide the artists with a living wage. We are in their careers and in our city. There is no end to the future, “said Kuomo. “Today we announced that New York State is launching a revival of New York art. This is a public-private partnership to revive art. Starting February 4, a series of pop-up performances and art events will be held throughout the state. And more than 150 world-class artists will lead this effort. “
However, Cuomo believes that some of the changes made by Covid-19 are permanent. He warns New Yorkers to expect some adaptations to the New York lifestyle to remain after the Covid-19 pandemic has happened in the past.
Cuomo also plans to offer cheaper internet to New Yorkers with an average broadband plan of $ 50 or more per month, with some families taking advantage of telemedicine and job application means and educational barriers. can not.
Cuomo will require Internet service providers to reduce the price of all low-income households to $ 15 per month.
Overuse of hotel and office space is also an opportunity that Cuomo spoke of when he gave a state speech on Monday. Hotels and offices could be used for homeless and supportive homes, according to Cuomo, but no comprehensive plans have been announced at this time.
However, this proposal includes giving building owners the flexibility to make these transformations in the legal sense.
This story first appeared amNY.com..