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Cultural Affairs Releases “What We Heard”: A Look at Public Engagement for the CreateNYC Cultural Plan
Since last fall, more than 185,000 New Yorkers answered the call to share their ideas, concerns, and priorities as part of the CreateNYC cultural planning process. Through May 31, residents can review the proposals at to offer feedback and rate their priorities for what will be included in the cultural plan when it’s released this summer.
Posted May 15, 2017

Learn more and take the poll.
Read the press release.

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

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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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.

DCLA Receives Lucy G. Moses Award for the Restoration of the Historic Wavertree
The award recognizes projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use. The restoration of the Wavertree for the South Street Seaport Museum - funded by DCLA and managed by the Department of Design and Construction - was the first-ever municipally funded project of its kind.
Posted May 19, 2017
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