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January 05, 2015

New York City to Measure Diversity Among Arts Groups

New York's Department of Cultural Affairs is embarking on the first comprehensive effort to measure racial and ethnic diversity at the city's museums and performance organizations, reports The Wall Street Journal. The effort, to be announced Monday, will collect information on diversity among employees, boards, and visitors at arts organizations and venues.

The effort aims to determine if cultural groups are keeping up with the increasingly multicultural character of New York, where non-Hispanic whites now make up only a third of the population and 37 percent of residents are immigrants. "For the long-term vitality and relevancy of cultural institutions, it makes sense to have the staffs reflect that," said Tom Finkelpearl, New York's commissioner of cultural affairs.