- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City plans to conduct a survey to determine the diversity of the boards and staffs of its cultural institutions.

The Department of Cultural Affairs has commissioned the review, which will be conducted this summer.

It will gather data on the groups’ racial, ethnic and gender makeup and other factors. The goal is to recommend policies that could better reflect the diversity of the city’s population.

The agency says the survey is not meant to be punitive. It will not be used to single out organizations, set hiring quotas or determine future city funding.

An outside contractor will conduct the privately funded survey of city-funded institutions. Results are expected in the fall.

The survey builds on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to make diversity a priority of his administration.

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