Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Art at the Limits
City Limits uses investigative journalism through the prism of New York City to identify urban problems, examine their causes, explore solutions, and equip communities to take action. Founded in 1976 in the midst of New York’s fiscal crisis, City Limits is a nonprofit news source that provides local reporting on the most important issues facing New Yorkers, with a focus on how those issues affect our most vulnerable populations and neighborhoods.
Purpose: To support expanded coverage of the arts and arts policy in New York City, including the intersections of arts and health.
From 2016-2019, the Illumination Fund underwrote the creation of CityPlate, an ongoing series focusing on critical food policy issues, and the expansion of Art at the Limits, with articles, op-eds, videos and photo essays to cover arts policy and programs. A new grant for 2020 is focusing on expanding Art at the Limits, focusing on important issues and topics in New York City’s cultural arena that affect New York communities. New coverage will include arts programs that intersect with health, including mental health, trauma, and aging, as well as the state of public art in New York City and issues related broadly to access and opportunity for all New Yorkers.
Since the beginning of the Illumination Fund’s support, City Limits has published more than six dozen articles, op-eds, videos and photo essays. This coverage introduced new ideas, highlighted the work of pioneers and innovators, exposed problems, and helped to keep institutions accountable — be it the Department of Education’s SchoolFood system, or New York City’s cultural policymakers and institutions. Features in 2018 and 2019 received more than 130,000 page views.
Art at the Limits articles have included: