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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Develop a Comprehensive Cultural Plan
The plan, due in 2017, gives DCLA the opportunity to unify its programs and new initiatives promoting equity and access to culture.
Posted May 19, 2015.
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Mayor de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
This comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city recognizes the critical role culture plays in improving New Yorkers’ quality of life.
Posted April 22, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plans to Build Affordable Housing and Workspace for Artists
The Mayor announced an unprecedented commitment to build 1,500 units of affordable housing and 500 affordable workspaces for artists over the next ten years.
Posted February 11, 2015
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IDNYC Municipal ID Cards Now Available for NYC Residents
IDNYC card holders are eligible for free memberships at 33 of the city’s leading cultural organizations.
Posted February 11, 2015
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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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DCLA’s Budget at a Glance
As of February 2015, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs has an expense budget of $159.5 million.
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 MFTA Loves NYC: A Retrospective on Creative Reuse
Since 1978, Materials for the Arts (MFTA) has collected surplus materials and redistributed them, for free, to thousands of nonprofits and government agencies with arts programming. This exhibition chronicles MFTA’s history through a selection of archival catalogues, memorandums, press pieces, and photographs. The memorabilia demonstrate MFTA’s impact across the five boroughs and illustrates its potential beyond New York City as a model for creative reuse within an urban landscape. On view April 16 – June 20 in the MFTA Gallery. 
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New Dance Alliance @ HERE presents 29th Annual International Performance Mix Festival 
New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival presents the work of over 30 artists annually in contexts ranging from traditional theater performances to site-specific installations to open-rehearsals to video screenings to artist talks. The Performance Mix Festival offers a wide range of avenues for audiences to engage in new explorations in dance, music, video and interdisciplinary performance by emerging and mid-career choreographers. Thursday-Tuesday, June 4-9, 2015.
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Creative Time presents Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park
On May 15th, Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy unveiled Drifting in Daylight, a dreamy springtime pathway of art winding through the world’s most iconic park. Drifting in Daylight includes performative, participatory, and perceptual work by artists Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, and Lauri Stallings + glo. As the centerpiece of Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary celebration, this free public exhibition aims to draw visitors into the park’s beautiful north end, much of which has been expertly restored by the Conservancy. On view Fridays & Saturdays 12-6pm through June 20, 2015. 
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Jefferson Market Garden presents Children’s Festival of Flowers
Jefferson Market Garden is a lush oasis in the heart of Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan's great historic neighborhoods. Join them for a day of fun, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family on Saturday, May 30, 2015. 
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