NEW YORK — New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is launching an initiative to help cultural organizations diversify their staffs by funding paid internships.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2c3cRi5 ) reports that the $1 million initiative will be funded by the city and the Rockefeller Foundation. It will offer internships to 85 City University of New York students at 32 cultural institutions, including theater, dance, visual arts and zoos.

The internships will last through this school year. Next year, there are plans to create a full-time summer program.

A survey published this year showed diversity at the city’s major cultural institutions did not reflect its population. Only 33 percent of residents are white while the cultural workforce is 61 percent white.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com