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- Be An #ArtsHero
- Follow and Amplify Be an #ArtsHero on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Download and share Be an #ArtsHero’s social media images
- Be An #ArtsHero Advocacy Toolkit and Lobby Guide
Dance Industry Unite! Sign on to support relief, recovery, and representation for the dance industry.
- NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is calling on all New Yorkers to push for increased funding to support universal arts education in City schools.
- Use Arts in Education Roundtable’s social media toolkit to spread the word to your council member and community.
- Connect with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
- Join Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund
- Housing Justice For All
- NYC NOWC #ShareMyCheck Campaign
- Check out the Center for an Urban Future's Re: New York City report, a blueprint to revive NYC’s economy, spark good jobs, and build a more equitable city
- Register for a Hollaback Bystander Intervention Training
- Support people with disabilities at risk for COVID-19 (Partners for Youth with Disabilities)
- Track philanthropic response to coronavirus & share your grants data here.
- Put Creative Workers To Work
- Get to Work - equity and accessibility in the Broadway community
- Art Beyond Sight’s Coronavirus Impact Survey
- Artist Relief’s COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers.
- Council Member Brad Lander’s Freelancer Survey
- Dance/USA’s Documenting Your Experience with COVID-19 Survey
- The Freelancers Union Impact Survey
- The NALAC Field Survey: Responding to COVID-19
- Sign the #HomelessCantStayHome Petition
- Sign the Nonprofit Position on Rent Relief and NYS legislation
- Sign the Petition to Include Entertainment Workers in Relief Package
- Sign the Petition for Act To Suspend Rent & Real Estate Financial Obligations During COVID-19
- Sign on to the Human Services Council The Survival of Nonprofit Organizations During COVID-19 Open Letter
- Sign on to the Open Letter to Our Government Leaders from New York City’s Nonprofit Sector in Response to COVID-19
- Sign on to Support Nonprofit Legislative Advocacy
- 4 Ways to Contact Elected Officials to Make a Change
- Advocacy Institute Tools
- American Immigration Council: Sanctuary Policies Fact Sheet
- Americans for the Arts Advocacy Resources
- Artists’ Literacies Institute Data Findings from Artists, Culture Workers, Freelancers, Gig Event Economy Losses Due to Covid-19 Cancellations
- Arts Are Education: Action Center
- Bolder Advocacy | How to Fund a 501(c)(4): What Nonprofits and Foundations Need to Know
- Broadway Advocacy Coalition
- Dance/NYC and World Central Kitchen Meal Distribution Sites
- On the Move Resource on COVID-19 and Cultural Mobility
- Dance/USA: Informational Papers from the Task Force on Dancer Health
- Dance Artists’ National Collective’s information session on the PRO Act is available on YouTube, featuring DANC members and guests from American Guild of Musical Artists and Music Workers Alliance.
- Lawyers Alliance resources: Lobbying Compliance FAQs for NY Nonprofit Organizations and recorded webinar: Am I Lobbying? Understanding Which Activities New York Nonprofits Should Track for Lobbying Reporting Purposes
- National Council of Nonprofits: Using the Advocacy Tools You Have
- National Dance Education Organization Advocacy Tools and Advocacy Forum
- New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
- Nonprofit Vote: Nonprofit Power: Engaging Voters in a More Inclusive Democracy Report
- NYC Artist Coalition: Advocacy Toolkit
- NY4CA Impact Survey Findings
- The National Council of Nonprofits report on Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits
Members of the public can sign up to testify at virtual public hearings via Zoom Web and/or via Phone at least 24 hours in advance of hearing. Written testimony may be submitted up to 72 hours after the hearing has been adjourned.
For questions about accessibility or to request additional accommodations please contact EEO Officer at [email protected] or call (212) 788-6936 at least three (3) business days before the hearing.
If you need non-English language interpretation, please email [email protected], at least five (5) business days before the hearing. Please include the following information in your email:
- Name and date of the hearing
- Your full name, telephone number, and email address
For all other questions about hearings, email [email protected].
- Visit https://council.nyc.gov/testify/ to register
- Choose a required field on how you chose to give testimony
- A contact information form will appear including options to select which hearing you plan to testify at, subject of the hearing and whether you are representing an organization or yourself.
- Uploading written testimony. You do not have to upload written testimony to register. You can leave this blank. You can upload written testimony at a later time (up to 72 hours after the hearing. Only DOC, DOCX or PDF Files are accepted.
- Hit Send Button to Submit
- The Council meticulously reviews all oral and written testimony and often reviews the hearing video.
- Testimony is also public and can be reviewed by anyone for any hearing.
- For future reference, if you search on the hearing site (https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx), you can choose a committee by choosing "Committee on Cultural Affairs (...)" from the drop down box in the upper-middle part of the page.
- You'll find a list of dates and topics pop up. If you click on blue text that says "Meeting Details" for a specific date, such as 4/20, it'll bring you to the hearing materials. Sometimes you need to click on a link with a code that will look like T2020 [and has 4 digits] to get to the final hearing page, but there you'll find links (in blue, in the middle of the page) leading to the committee report, testimony, transcript and video from each hearing.