Cultural Policy


Read Our Executive Director’s Testimony to the City Council Last Week

David Johnston

New York City Council Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Committee Council Chambers – City Hall Executive Budget Hearing Testimony FY16 Tuesday June 9,…

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NYC Real Estate and the Arts – Two Examples of Why Things Need to Change

David Johnston

In the first week of December, two events were reported in the media, which illustrate how the arts in NYC are in a state of…

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PRESS: More Coverage of EtM’s QWI Presentation in Jamaica!

David Johnston

    The Times Ledger of Queens also provided great coverage of David’s QWI presentation on October 15th in Jamaica!   Read the article    …

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PRESS: EtM’s QWI Presentation Feature Story in Southeast Queens Press

David Johnston

          EtM Executive Director David Johnston presented the findings of our Queens Workspace Initiative at a meeting of the members of…

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Read the Report: Queens Performing Artists & Workspace

David Johnston

Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) is thrilled to announce the release of its Queens Workspace Initiative report. For the last year, EtM has been assessing workspace…

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Read Our Executive Director’s City Council Testimony

David Johnston

New York City Council Finance Committee Executive Budget Hearing Testimony Friday June 6, 2014 4 PM I am David Johnston, Executive Director of Exploring the…

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Are You There, Boston? It’s Us, EtM

David Johnston

Hi, Boston.  We read about your problem – finding decent affordable rehearsal space for musicians. Apparently, you’re running out of it. Mind if we offer…

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David Johnston’s Testimony to the New York City Council, March 11, 2014

David Johnston

David Johnston testified before the New York City Council’s committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations yesterday. Here is the text of his…

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Is NYC Affordable for Artists? Discuss.

David Johnston

Last Monday October 21, 2013, I was invited by the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations to testify…

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“I Want to Do More Than Survive, I Want to Thrive!:” Queens Workspace Initiative

David Johnston

  Last Tuesday, in the new Astoria digs of Queens Council on the Arts, we held the first focus group for our Queens Workspace Initiative….

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