12/30/2013 10:50 am ET

De Blasio Brings Hope For A Populist Arts Revival


When Laurie Cumbo, the founder of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was planning a trip to Ghana for her curators, she turned to a friend and longtime patron: Chirlane McCray.

Ms. McCray, a frequent guest at the museum’s exhibitions, immediately contacted her brother, a professor who lives in Ghana, and asked him to arrange an itinerary for the group, which specializes in art about African emigration and identity.

That was two years ago. On Wednesday, Ms. McCray’s husband, Bill de Blasio, will be sworn in as mayor — and Ms. Cumbo said she was a bit giddy about the prospect of a City Hall so familiar with a small minnow in the city’s vast cultural sea.

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