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THE LEAGUE OF INDEPENDENT THEATER
MEET THE CANDIDATES, BROOKLYN:
THE 2013 CITY ELECTIONS AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 @ PS 261
On Saturday, June 29 at 1pm The League of Independent Theater will hold a Meet The Candidates event at PS 261(314 Pacific Street) in order to endorse pro-arts candidates in the 2013 City Election Cycle.
Candidates will participate in panels to discuss the impact of the performing arts on the city, and how the individual candidates will support that segment of the economy. List of candidates and agenda will be announced shortly.
LIT's endorsement will be based on the individual candidate's willingness to enter into a substantive and serious conversation with LIT's Political Action Committee on the following performing arts platform. As a pro-performing arts elected official, I will work to:
1. Create access to low-cost and/or no-cost Community Facilities Spaces for all City non-profits that are currently available and remain unused throughout the City through the creation of a Community Facilities Space Database.
2. Create access to empty and unused City property to be re-purposed as temporary rehearsal, office and (if appropriate), performance space.
3. Include non-profit performance venues in the favorable electricity and utility rates enjoyed by religious institutions and the VFW.
4. Implement a proposal that would reduce or eliminate property tax assessments for those non-profit organizations that have an artistic mission and/or rent performance space to similar non-profit performing arts groups with artistic missions of their own. This proposal was unanimously ratified by all twelve (12) Manhattan Community Boards.
5. Secure affordable permanent low-cost housing for working artists. In addition, work to provide access to affordable healthcare for these artists, depending on the status and reach of the Affordable Care Act at the time of negotiations.
6. Support the commission of an economic impact study for the independent theater territory.
7. Work with the Department of Cultural Affairs to expand the Cultural Institutions Group to include the independent theater sector's anchor venues.
8. Install plaques at sites of historical import and rename streets after the founders of the independent and Off-Off Broadway community.
The League of Independent Theater ("LIT") is the only 501(c) 6 advocacy organization for the independent theater and performing arts population of New York City, serving over 50,000 independent performing artists, 86% of whom vote regularly. LIT will endorse candidates in every City race, and work to form alliances with other cultural advocacy organizations in the City that will foster an all-out "Get Out The Vote" effort on behalf of those candidates selected.
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