New York, NY (February 1, 2012)— As part of the Campaigning for Culture seminar series, Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE) will host a dynamic discussion with four leading arts advocates of the One Percent for Culture campaign, including Norma Munn, Heather Woodfield, Richard Kessler, and Sheila Lewandowski.

DATE: Friday, February 24th

TIME: 6–7:30pm, Reception to follow

PLACE: NYU/ 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York (between 3rd & 2nd Avenues at 9th Street)

Free and open to the public (RSVP required)

RSVP: nyu.artsadvocates(at)

One Percent for Culture is a non-partisan, grassroots, five-borough campaign whose mission is to demonstrate the value of culture to New York City.  The campaign will generate support for an increase in the city’s financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community, including artists of all disciplines, to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget.

Our panelists – who offer different perspectives within the arts field – will address the essential role culture plays in New York City, and the impact they hope their coalition will have through advocacy in increasing city funding for cultural organizations.

The panelists include Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture; and members of One Percent for Culture’s Steering Committee: Norma Munn, Chair, New York City Arts Coalition; Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music; and Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director, The Chocolate Factory Theater. Munira Khapra, NYU Arts Administration student and grant writer for More Art, will moderate the conversation.

Find out more about the One Percent for Culture campaign at

The Campaigning for Culture series provides an opportunity for arts and culture administrators and practitioners to directly engage arts advocates in New York City, address current challenges in the field, and connect with opportunities for engagement with legislators on a local, state, and federal level.

Presented by Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE), Steinhardt’s student advocacy group. ACE creates awareness of arts and cultural issues at the local, state and national levels. Co-sponsored by NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions and Graduate Student Organization.


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