I. Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum to become Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs
From left to right: Marta Moreno Vega, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, First Lady Chirlane de Blasio, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tom Finkelpearl, Maj. Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Melody Capote. Photo by Michael Hickey, Man-About-Town.org
As most of you probably read in the press, on April 7th, Mayor de Blasio appointed Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum, as Commissioner for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the event, which was held at the newly renovated Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Park. The feeling in the room was one of great unity, from small community-based groups to Queens Theater in the Park’s Managing Director Taryn Sacramone, to Arnold Lehman of the Brooklyn Museum.
To read more about the ways Tom Finkelpearl transformed the Queens Museum, visit Gallerist NY
Tom turned the renovation of the Queens Museum into an opportunity to transform what it means to be a museum in the 21st Century. In 2006, he hired Naila Rosario, a community organizer who had spearheaded political campaigns, to find out what the Corona community wanted and needed. There are 138 languages spoken in Queens, more than in any other borough of New York City, and more than in any other City in the United States! By spending seven years deeply engaging with the diverse people and communities of Queens, Finkelpearl changed the paradigm for what it means to be a museum.
Tom Finkelpearl will assume his Commissioner duties in May, and we already have a request out to him, inviting him to a reception at A.R.T./New York’s South Oxford Space where he can meet our diverse and dynamic community!
All of us at A.R.T./New York congratulate Tom Finkelpearl on his appointment, and look forward to working with him.
II. City Council Approved Legislation Extending NYC Charter Mandated Dates Related to the City’s Executive Budget
Given the City Council’s actions, the following dates have changed: