Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that New York urgently needed to revitalize its arts and entertainment industries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and said Tuesday that the state would take a number of preliminary steps to shed some cultural Getting events going again in the short term and getting more unemployed artists back to work.
“We have to bring art and culture back to life,” said Cuomo as he continued a week-long series of political talks setting out his agenda for the state.
The governor said bringing back the arts and culture was critical – not just to help artists who have suffered from the country’s worst unemployment, but to make New York City an important, exciting hub for people to live and work in .
“Cities are, by definition, centers of energy, entertainment, theater and cuisine,” Cuomo said, highlighting the threats the city is facing from the increase in remote working, crime and homelessness. “Without this activity and attraction, cities lose a lot of their attractiveness. What is a city without social, cultural and creative synergies? New York City is not New York without Broadway. “
Mr Cuomo said the state would form a public-private partnership to offer a series of nationwide pop-up concerts with artists including Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Renée Fleming and Hugh Jackman; Start a pilot program that will examine how socially distant performances can be safely held in flexible locations that don’t have fixed seating. and work with the Mellon Foundation to distribute scholarships that can help more than 1,000 artists get back to work and raise money for art groups in the community.
The governor said the state couldn’t wait until the summer when more people would be vaccinated to bring the performances back.
The public-private partnership New York Arts Revival, which will feature pop-up performances with more than 150 artists starting February 4th, is led by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, along with the New York State Council on the Arts. The plan will culminate with the opening of Little Island, the park-like pier built by Barry Diller on the downtown Hudson River, and the Tribeca Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in June.
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Mr Cuomo said he hopes to expand rapid testing, including at pop-up locations, to make it easier for people to get tested before visiting restaurants or theaters in areas with sufficiently low virus rates. He pointed to the state’s experiment at the Buffalo Bills game last Saturday when the state tested nearly 7,000 fans.
There were problems with rapid tests. While rapid test devices are portable and can provide results quickly, many are not considered to be as reliable as other tests on people with no symptoms. The White House had relied on speedy testing to protect President Trump and his inner circle by asking all White House visitors to take the test, even though that was not the way the test was supposed to be used.
New York reported at least 196 new coronavirus deaths and 14,179 new cases on Monday, and the rate of positive tests continues to rise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the foremost infectious disease expert in the United States, told performing arts professionals at a virtual conference Saturday that he believed theaters could reopen this fall with relatively few restrictions if the vaccination program were successful, despite it the audience suggested you may need to wear masks for some time.
“When we get to early to mid-fall, people can feel safe on stage, as can people in the audience,” said Dr. Fauci.
However, the distribution of vaccines in the US is behind schedule, and public health officials have made efforts to deliver the vaccine to hospital workers and at-risk older Americans.
Mr Cuomo said New York could not wait until enough people were vaccinated to achieve herd immunity before steps were taken to revitalize the performing arts scene.
“We’re seeing downtime for months,” he said. “We have to start acting now. We cannot float and let pain, hardship and inequality grow around us. “