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Read the Commissioner’s Op-Ed: Let’s Fight for Arts Funding: Tom Finkelpearl on the Impact of the NEA, NEH, and Other Supporters of Culture on New York City
“In the federal executive branch’s budget proposal released March 16, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities as well as the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Corporation for Public Broadcasting are marked to be completely eliminated...Losing these essential institutions would be devastating for hundreds of New York City cultural organizations.”
Posted March 21, 2017

Read the full op-ed on ARTnews

Open Call: The Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking proposals for a Climate Change Public Art Project in Red Hook, Brooklyn
Artists or artist teams are encouraged to apply to create a temporary public artwork for the neighborhood of Red Hook. Successful proposals should relate to the history of the neighborhood and climate change. Deadline for proposals is Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
Posted March 21, 2017

Learn more and apply.
Read the press release.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NYC’s Three Library Systems Launch Public Engagement Partnership for CreateNYC
“The cultural plan has provided us with an amazing opportunity to get out and meet with New Yorkers where they live, work, and experience culture,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. Department of Cultural Affairs announced a partnership with the city’s three library systems to offer public engagement for CreateNYC at dozens of library branches across the city. Materials will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Bangla, and Arabic, depending on the communities served by each branch.
Posted March 15, 2017

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Social Impact of the Arts Study Finds that Culture Correlates with Better Outcomes of Well Being in New York City Neighborhoods
Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl joined the New York Community Trusts’ Cultural Agenda Fund and University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project to unveil a groundbreaking report about the correlation between culture and healthy communities. The report found that a that neighborhoods with more cultural resources are healthier, safer, better educated, with a particularly pronounced effect on low income communities.
Posted March 15, 2017

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Open Call: Percent for Art for 40th Precinct Community Room in Mott Haven, Bronx
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program is seeking proposals from artists or artist groups to create a permanent public art commission in the community room at the 40th Precinct in Mott Haven. The deadline is March 31.
Posted March 15, 2017

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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!

Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater Of War Productions, Named Public Artist In Residence (Pair) With NYC Department Of Veterans’ Services & Department Of Cultural Affairs
The NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs today named Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, as the City’s newest Public Artist in Residence (PAIR). The two-year residency, which will bring theater-based projects to all five boroughs, marks the second collaboration between the two agencies as part of the expanded PAIR program, created to enhance the City’s services through creative practice. The project, made possible through a $1,365,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will be the first city-wide public health program implemented by the Department of Veterans’ Services.
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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.
Visit to learn more and participate.
Download the press release.

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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