DCLA Hearing Postponed to Monday, 6/22

DCLA Hearing Postponed to Monday, 6/22

The NYC Council Committee on Cultural Affairs has postponed the hearing on “DCLA, COVID-19, and Cultural Organizations in NYC” to Monday, June 22nd at 10am. Members of the public can sign up to testify at the virtual public hearing, can submit written testimony, and/or view the hearing.

This will likely be the first hearing for DCLA’s new Commissioner, Gonzalo Casals, who began his tenure at DCLA on May 18th (click here for more information about Commissioner Casals). 

Because this hearing is specifically about COVID-19, we encourage members who have been providing programming or services while the City has been on PAUSE to consider submitting testimony. You can focus your testimony on the Programming/Services you have been providing and (if possible) how you anticipate your theatre will help support the City’s Reopening. A.R.T./New York also urges you to include this statement (or make it your own):  

The Theatre community has long played an important role in telling stories of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we urge the Council to take action by “holding harmless” funding for DCLA’s Coalition of Theatres of Color, who are essential to ensuring a just and equitable NYC.  

To testify, view the hearing, or send your testimony:

  • If you are planning on testifying live via video conferencing, you must register at https://council.nyc.gov/testify/ no later than 24 hours before the hearing. Persons who do not register in advance will not be permitted to testify live via video conferencing. Testimony is limited to 2 minutes per person.
  • Written testimony may be submitted without registration by emailing it to [email protected] or via the City Council website at https://council.nyc.gov/testify/ up to 72 hours after the close of the hearing.
  • If you are interested in viewing the hearing, but do not wish to testify live, the hearing can be viewed at https://council.nyc.gov/livestream/.
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