HueArts NYC aims to map POC-led arts organizations in New York City

HueArts NYC aims to map POC-led arts organizations in New York City

An online resource from Museum Hue, the Laundromat Project and Hester Street — three cultural organizations led by People of Color (POC) — will cull together arts entities in New York City founded by and featuring POC. The project is set to be released in December 2021.

Named HueArts NYC, the resource will consist of a map, directory and field report of arts entities spanning all five boroughs, with hopes that the initiative will bring support and amplify the impact of said groups. Nonprofit, for-profit and fiscally-sponsored institutions are welcomed, and anyone can submit an organization for consideration.

To be considered, an arts entity must be founded and led by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern or other People of Color; be located within New York City; and present, perform or produce arts entities “whose missions are to provide consistent public-facing arts programming and events.”

“The lack of comprehensive data on our city’s Black, Indigenous and all People of Color arts entities has only perpetuated disparities in funding and representation,” Museum Hue Creative Director Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, who is also the host of the ALL ARTS series “On Display,” said in a statement. “These arts entities place people and community-care at the center of their practice, creating meaningful connections between their constituencies’ experiences and their offerings. They provide the framework and thought leadership needed today more than ever.”

The program’s website touches on its use of the term “POC,” stating in a section titled “On Language”: “We will name Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color whenever possible. We understand there is much diversity within each of these groups, and no one group is a monolith. We also understand that each group’s historical and current experience with racial inequality is different. We will … use the term People of Color (POC) as a unifier and to call attention to the collective solidarity efforts made to push against racial systemic injustices felt within each of our communities.”

A list of 13 artists and leaders from a range of arts institutions, also available on the HueArts NYC website, have been named the HueArts NYC Advisory Committee, and funders for the resource include New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“New York’s cultural organizations of color are essential to the communities they serve, and to our city’s cultural vitality as a whole,” NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals said in the statement. “With the launch of HueArts NYC, we’re excited to support a project that will foster a deeper understanding of these organizations, and of what they need to thrive and grow.”

Top Image: Museum Hue Creative Director Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham in the ALL ARTS series "On Display."