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Tania Bruguera to Serve as First Artist-in-Residence for Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
DCLA Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal announced that Tania Bruguera will serve as artist-in-residence for the IDNYC program, helping to engage immigrant-rich communities across the city with her creative practice. This marks the beginning of a new DCLA program that will place artists-in-residence at City agencies to enhance services and engagement with constituents.
Posted July 14, 2015
Learn more about the residency.

DCLA Budget at a Glance
The City’s adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2016 allocates $165.3 million for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Posted July 2, 2015
Learn more about DCLA’s FY2016 adopted budget.

Interested in City cultural funding? Find out more!
If you are unfamiliar with the process for applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural nonprofits, please join the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the borough-specific arts councils at one of two info sessions: Tuesday, July 28 at 10am (Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), and Tuesday, August 4 at 12pm (Brooklyn and Queens).
Posted June 30, 2015
RSVP for an information session.

DCLA Diversity Initiative Receives Support from Major Foundations
The Ford Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund have provided a total of $150,000 for the City’s initiative to promote diversity in New York’s cultural community.
Posted June 16, 2015
Read the release.

Federal Turnaround Arts Program Announced for Four Brooklyn Schools
Turnaround infuses struggling schools with arts programming and partners them with a well-known Turnaround Artist, supporting the City’s goal of providing quality arts education for all students.
Posted June 9, 2015
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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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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!

USSEA Arts Conference presents an Inclusive World: Bridging Communities
The United States Society for Education through the Arts (USSEA) commits to actively lead and support multicultural and cross cultural initiatives that foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts in education. The 2015 USSEA Conference will examine art education in classrooms, museums and community arts organizations over a three day period. Friday – Sunday, July 17-19, 2015.
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The Queens Theatre presents: Lincoln Center Local Screenings in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens Theatre is partnering with Lincoln Center Education to present free outdoor screenings of some of the most impactful Lincoln Center performances of the past 3 years. The screenings will take place every Tuesday of August at 8pm in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the Festival Lawn behind Queens Theatre. Each performance will reflect Lincoln Center’s eclectic programming as well Queen’s diverse population.
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Rele Ountò, The Second Annual Frisner Augustin Memorial Drum Festival
The Second Annual Frisner Augustin Memorial Drum Festival will showcase the best of Haiti’s contemporary drummers and remembers those from the past. The festival will take place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, an elegant state-of-the-art concert hall dedicated to the celebration of music. This year the festival features Sanba Kebyesou, Fanmi Asotò, Rara Solojha, The Makandal Drummers with Taïna Ligonde, and a new video short about the legendary Ti Roro. Sunday, June 26, 2015. 
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New Century Artists presents 4 2 1 - 4 Hands + 2 Cultures = 1 Artist
New Century Artists invites you to a solo exhibit of paintings co-created by Cuban artist, Pablo Perea and American artist, Linda Storm. Together they are four hands, two cultures, one artist, who paint on the same canvases. There will be two receptions to meet the artists on July 2 from 6-8 PM and July 11 from 12-3 PM. On view June 30-July 11, 2015. 
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