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2015 SPARC Artist Placements Announced
SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide has announced this year’s artist placements. The artist residencies will run through June 2015 in all five boroughs.
Posted February 19, 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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The Fiscal 2016 Cultural Development Fund Application Period is now closed.
The deadline for Cultural Development Fund applications was February 9, 2015. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal 2016 program funding.
Posted February 12, 2015
Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.

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.

Learn more about DCLA’s Executive Budget.
Learn more about the Mayor’s Executive Budget.
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 Members Only
On view through April 8, 2015. During this second annual exhibition, Materials for the Arts will showcase work created by members of its diverse group of recipients. All exhibited work is inspired from materials found at MFTA and is a testament to the artistic merit of reuse. 
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The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York, in collaboration with New York University’s Center for Media, Culture and History, presents “Diné Spotlight: A Showcase of Navajo Film” 
On April 9 and April 11, 2015. The largest Native community in the United States, the Navajo Nation has produced a lively and diverse community of independent filmmakers. This two-day showcase of outstanding recent films explores the creative vision of Diné filmmakers by screening recent works and roundtable discussions.
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La MaMa presents Swallow / Golondrina
April 16 – April 26, 2015. By SinTeaTro Intimus; Directed and written by Aminta de Lara. In a time of deep partisan division and massive street demonstrations for and against the government, two sisters are forced to delve into their relationship with their father and what he represents leading to a confrontation stemming from their childhood. An overwhelming parallel between child abuse and political violence is revealed.
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African Diaspora International Film Festival presents The Women in Film Series
March 27 – March 29, 2015.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back at Teachers College, Columbia University for their monthly film series. This month's "Women In Film" Series addresses the lived realities of Black women around the world: single motherhood, the plight for upward socioeconomic mobility, the tenacity of female friendship and more.
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