Gotham mulls artist aid

Orgs host Creative New York conference at MoMA

Leaders of Gotham’s creative communities will publicly brainstorm with government officials to come up with ways to encourage public-private partnerships in support of artists, businesses and nonprofit institutions in Gotham.

The city of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Partnership for New York City and the Center for an Urban Future will host the Creative New York conference at the Museum of Modern Art on April 4.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will open the conference. Rockefeller Foundation prexy Judith Rodin and NYU prexy John Sexton will lead panel discussions of the issues that affect the city’s creative sector and seek ideas for maintaining New York’s competitive advantage in attracting talent.

Among the panelists will be IAC chairman-CEO Barry Diller, Focus Features prexy James Schamus, choreographer Bill T. Jones and Time Inc. chairman-CEO Ann Moore as well as public officials including Kate Levin, the city’s commissioner of cultural affairs, and Virginia Louloudes, exec director of the Alliance of Resident Theaters.

Confab is organized as a follow-up to Creative New York, a study by the Center for an Urban Future and Mt. Auburn Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on economic development analysis and strategy.

Released in December, the study documents the size and scope of the Big Apple’s creative sector, which includes 11,000 businesses and employs 300,000 workers. Among its findings, the study suggested many artists are finding themselves priced out of the city (Daily Variety, Dec. 23).