When I interviewed Roberto Ragone about his new career, promoting art projects that convey a respectful image of the Italian-American experience and take on the negative stereotypes, our conversation covered both his professional undertakings and his community activism, also done in the name of the arts and ethnic identity.
Some of the highlights are Ragone’s belief in ancestral awareness as a pathway to self-empowerment, and his advocacy of the “One Percent for Culture” campaign, a non-partisan, community-led project aimed at rallying New York businesses to convince City Hall to allocate one percent of its expense budget to cultural activities. The pay offs, says Ragone, are worth the investment.
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