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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to Examine Diversity at Cultural Organizations
The initiative is designed to foster a better understanding of how cultural groups can sustain the vital role the arts play in an increasingly diverse city.
Posted January 5, 2015
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The Fiscal Year 2016 Cultural Development Fund Application Deadline is February 9, 2015
The Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting grant applications from eligible nonprofit organizations. We will conduct informational seminars in all five boroughs during the application period.
Posted January 5, 2015
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Commissioner Finkelpearl Joins Mayor de Blasio to Announce Cultural Benefits for Municipal ID Holders
From the launch of the card in January through the end of 2015, all New Yorkers with a municipal ID card are eligible to receive free memberships at cultural organizations belonging to the Cultural Institutions Group.
Posted September 26, 2014.

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DCLA’s Budget at a Glance
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have adopted the City’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, including DCLA expense allocations.
Posted July 3, 2014.

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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!

Materials for the Arts presents Lina Puerta's "La muerte de un arbol (The Death of a Tree)"
Opening Reception, December 18, 2014, 6-9pm; On view December 18 - February 19th, M-F, 10am-4pm. Over the past several months, Materials for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Lina Puerta worked inside NYC’s premier reuse facility sorting through thousands of donated materials, carefully picking bits of lace, fabric, broken jewelry, and much more to create this series of sculptures and site-specific installations. Puerta’s ongoing exploration of the process of wearing and urban decay are brought to life by her meticulously detailed workmanship and a rich, baroque treatment of surfaces.
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The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
On view through March 8, 2015. Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. Published by Johnson Publishing Company for over sixty years, both magazines are cultural touchstones for many African Americans and often represent a commonality between people of diverse backgrounds.
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Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education presents Jason Lalor’s BLACKBODY RADIATION
Performance: January 30, 2015,  7-8:30 PM. Residency Dates: January 12 - 30, 2015. BLACKBODY RADIATION provides an innovative platform for the genres of Rap and Hip Hop through an interactive, audiovisual performance. Using custom-designed software and original animation, artist Jason Lalor creates a live visual soundscape from in-time, simultaneous interactions with his movements, rhymes and music.
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Rubin Museum of Art presents Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 12-4 PM. Join the Rubin Museum for an afternoon of art, crafts, food, and music to celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year. Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala, contribute to a giant collaborative mandala, construct colorful butter sculptures, and sip Himalayan butter tea. Go on a family gallery tour and enjoy traditional Tibetan music performances throughout the day.
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