Published on WNYC | June 10, 2016
Keeping Artists in New York City
When he was in his freshman year of college almost four decades ago, Darren Walker saw the Dance Theater of Harlem perform in Austin, Texas.
"It was a transformational experience," said Walker, who is now president of the Ford Foundation, one of the nation's largest grant making organizations.
After graduating, Walker moved to New York City a few years later in part, he said, because of the arts and his exposure to them growing up.
Now, as head of the foundation since 2013, he's directing its $12.4 billion endowment to focus on inequality. And part of that effort includes examining how art and artists can address the problem, including issues of affordability and access in cities like New York.
For Walker, keeping a thriving arts scene matters.