Local Artists + COAHSI + Paul Nagle and Lise Brenner from The Cultural Strategies Initiative met to discuss what an "Artist Census" would look like and the successes and challenges of the local arts scene(s).

Q: How will an "Artist Census" help our community?

A: Gathering and interpreting information on artists helps organizations like COAHSI and movers and shakers make the case for art and get political support on local and national levels. Current census data does not fully capture the number of artists in New York (or nationwide). We are painfully undercounted, so some elected officials don't think we count!

This effort is a pilot for a NATIONAL EFFORT to get artists to stand up and be counted.

To get involved, email info@statenislandarts.org!


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