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January 28, 2016

N.Y. Arts Groups Don't Reflect City's Diversity, Study Says

New York City's cultural work force, while more racially and ethnically diverse than national arts groups, is far more white than the city as a whole, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times write, citing a new City Hall survey.

The study, released Thursday by the city's Cultural Affairs Department, found that 61.8 percent of staff at New York arts groups identify as non-Hispanic white, compared with 33 percent of the overall population. The gap was greater at bigger arts organization and among the leadership of culture nonprofits, with whites making up more than 70 percent of board members and senior staff.

The survey of some 1,000 groups that received city culture grants, announced a year ago, found that gender diversity at arts nonprofits largely matched that of the population. The city is planning a range of new programs to boost inclusivity in the arts, including $2 million in theater-training grants focusing on underrepresented communities