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The Met's Entry Fees Will Provide $2.8M to Nearly 200 Cultural Organizations

NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that $2.8 million in additional funding will be given to more than 175 cultural organizations across all five boroughs thanks to an agreement the city made with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When the institution sought permission to start charging non–New Yorkers mandatory admission fees, the city approved the policy change. However, it had one condition: The museum has to share a portion of its new revenue stream with the city.

While the terms only apply to the Met’s first year implementing the policy, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DLCA) committed to using the additional funds to support the goals of its Create NYC cultural plan, which identified cultural funding equity as one of its top priorities; and now, more than 175 cultural organizations in underserved communities will benefit from the fixed entry fee.

“New York is the cultural capital of the world not only because of our hallmark institutions, but because of the smaller museums, shows, and organizations throughout the five boroughs,” said de Blasio. “They deserve meaningful investment too. This agreement has allowed the Met to thrive while giving us a unique opportunity to increase cultural investment in our underserved communities—allowing us to support the diversity that makes our city great at no additional cost to taxpayers.”

Among the organizations receiving funding are Artists Space; the Bronx Documentary Center; the Drawing Center; the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; the Laundromat Project, Inc.; the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; the New Museum; New York Public Radio; Performance Space 122; and Rhizome.

March 21, 2019