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MAS Presents the Arts Forum: Libraries as Culture Hubs

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On Thursday, April 12 MAS is once again convening all three directors of New York City’s library systems at the Brooklyn Public Library in an Arts Forum presentation: Libraries as Culture Hubs. Continuing the discussion started at the MAS Summit for New York City, this panel will help to kick off MAS’s new focus of in-depth study on the role of libraries in New York City communities.

Following introductory remarks by Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts will moderate a conversation with Tom Galante, CEO, Queens Public Library; Linda Johnson, president and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library; and Tony Marx, president and CEO, New York Public Library. Together, they will discuss how libraries continue to promote the arts and culture in society, and, in fact, often take the lead as centers of cultural activity in their neighborhoods.

This rare opportunity to hear from all three library directors at the same event is a follow up to the wildly successful panel discussion MAS held last fall at the Summit for New York City on the critical role of public libraries as neighborhood anchors.

About the Arts Forum

MAS is very pleased to continue the long tradition of the Arts Forum. Produced since 1990, the series has brought the best and brightest in arts innovators in all disciplines from across the country and globe to an audience that is dedicated to the cultural field, advocacy, policymaking and groundbreaking arts leadership.

The Arts Forums provide an opportunity for the cultural community to hear cultural leaders from around the nation and the world. The forums provide a space where issues such as how to weather a recession can be discussed by the community, new data on arts audiences can be shared and challenged, or groundbreaking placemaking can be unveiled—or in this case, how libraries are both community anchors and hubs of cultural activity.