De Blasio considers cutting funds from museums if they don’t diversify
The heads of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are among dozens of cultural institution leaders quaking in their boots as Mayor Bill de Blasio considers slashing their funds if they fail to meet his staff diversity criteria, The Post has learned.
“We are not treating diversity as a bonus,” said Ryan Max, a spokesman for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
“These institutions won’t receive their full funding without demonstrating their commitment to equity and inclusion.”
Cultural Affairs officials are reviewing the plans that the mayor ordered drawn up by the landmark attractions — with potentially millions of dollars at stake if they don’t pass muster.
De Blasio’s decree targets the nonprofit organizations that run the 33 museums, theaters, concert halls, botanical gardens and zoos that comprise the city’s “Cultural Institutions Group.” (read more)