Supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dance/NYC Launches Immigrant Artists Initiative
On Sunday, at its annual Symposium for the dance field, Dance/NYC announced the launch of a new initiative to extend the role of dance artistry in fostering the inclusion, integration, and human rights of the more than 3 million immigrants in the New York City metropolitan area, while shaping urgent public discussion about changing demographics and immigrant affairs. As part of this initiative, Dance/NYC unveils foundational research, New York City's Foreign-Born Dance Workforce Demographics (Dance.NYC/ForeignBornWorkforce2018) as well as online information resources available on the Dance/NYC website; and announces a free, day-long convening on September 21, 2018, presented with the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and the Queens Theatre.
The New York City's Foreign-Born Dance Workforce Demographics report is the first initiative deliverable, and makes a data driven case for advancing dance making by immigrant artists and cultural workers. Foreign-born New Yorkers are shockingly underrepresented in the workforce surveyed. 15% of all survey respondents indicates a country of origin outside the United States, compared to 37% of the City's population, according to United States Census data. Visit Dance.NYC for the full report, as well as highlights and recommendations available in Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin).