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De Blasio Administration and Council Member Menchacha announce landmark city-funded public art project on climate change to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
The artwork, designed in collaboration with local youth, will educate and inspire residents about the challenges and opportunities for the neighborhood and the city as a result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Red Hook neighborhood saw unprecedented flooding during Hurricane Sandy, which took a heavy toll on its residents and businesses.
Posted on November 9, 2016

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Commissioner Finkelpearl Breaks Ground on Major Renovation of Staten Island Zoo Aquarium
With funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Zoo’s 30 year old aquarium will be upgraded into a cutting edge immersive environment, with floor-to-ceiling tanks and increased energy efficiency.
Posted on November 9, 2016

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Commissioner Finkelpearl Joins First Lady Chirlane McCray to Open New Home for Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in Harlem
Known for its highly impactful artistic and cultural programming, CCCADI will now make its home in an extraordinary landmark, a former firehouse on 125th Street in Harlem. This new community hub will host exhibitions, workshops, and performance areas alongside the CCCADI offices.
Posted October 25, 2016

Learn more about CCCADI’s new home.

Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce $10 million in Additional Funding for Cultural Affairs
The increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget will support cultural programming at more than 900 organizations across the City.
Posted June 20, 2016
Learn more about the budget agreement.
Culture Features

Cultural Venues with Free Hours and Suggested Admission
New York City is home to more than 1,200 cultural venues, many of which offer free hours or suggested admission. 

Eye on Culture

New York City is home to more than 700 art galleries; 380 nonprofit theater companies; 330 dance companies; 131 museums; 96 orchestras; 40 Broadway theaters; 15 major concert halls; five zoos; five botanical gardens; and one aquarium.  Start exploring today!

Announcing the CUNY Cultural Corps
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, CUNY (The City University of New York), and The Rockefeller Foundation launched a new initiative to create the CUNY Cultural Corp, a one-year paid internship program for CUNY undergraduate students. This year, 85 students join the CUNY Cultural Corps at 32 organizations in the Cultural Institutions Group, including museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and performing arts centers.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York City’s Cultural Sector
The Department of Cultural Affairs is committed to working with the cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves every New Yorker.
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Announcing the Launch of the Public Engagement Process for CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
In October 2016, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs launched the public engagement process for CreateNYC, the City’s first‐ever comprehensive cultural plan. When it’s released in 2017, CreateNYC will provide a roadmap for building a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable cultural sector for all New Yorkers.
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Download the press release.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Major Expansion of Building Community Capacity Program
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and its community partners announced a major expansion of its Building Community Capacity (BCC) program to the neighborhoods of the South Bronx; South East Queens; and Northern Manhattan. BCC brings a suite of services and programming to provide local cultural organizations with workshops, funding, and other support that help to strengthen their roles in the community and increase access to local cultural programming.
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