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Theater Subdistrict Council Now Accepting Initial Submissions for New Diversity Grant Program
Deadline for Intent to Apply is May 11, 2016
The Theater Subdistrict Council has announced a new grant program which will award up to $2 million in grants, with preference given to programs designed to increase participation from people currently underrepresented in the professional theater community. Three information sessions for potential applicants will be held from March 24-28.
Posted March 16, 2016
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Artist Residency with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs & NYC Administration for Children’s Services: Open Call Closed
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) are partnering in an effort to provide enhanced resources and support for the City’s population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) in the foster care system. Specifically, the agencies are seeking an artist-in-residence for the SCO Family of Services’ Group Living for LGBTQ Youth program, to use his/her/their art practice to engage LGBTQ youth, create opportunities for them to express themselves creatively and to experience NYC’s cultural offerings, and further engage them with the services and resources available through ACS. The open call is now closed. Artists will be notified of their application status by April 1, 2016.
Posted February 5, 2016
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Fiscal Year 2017 Cultural Development Fund Application Period Now Closed
The deadline for Cultural Development Fund (CDF) applications was February 8, 2016. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 program funding.
Posted February 10, 2016
Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.

Diversity and Equity in NYC’s Cultural Workforce: Survey Results
The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a major initiative in January 2015 to promote and cultivate diversity among the leadership, staffs, and audiences of cultural organizations in New York City. To establish a baseline understanding of the staff and board makeup of New York’s cultural organizations through a survey to nearly 1,000 recent DCLA grantees.
Posted January 28, 2016

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2016 IDNYC Benefits Provide Free Memberships to 40 Cultural Organizations
New Yorkers who receive their cars in 2016 will have access to 40 museums, zoos, performing arts centers, and more across the city. Current 2015 cardholders will continue to have access to over a dozen institutions, including MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, and more.
Posted December 24, 2015
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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.
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!

The Met Breuer Opens to the Public
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's modern and contemporary art program is expanding to include a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer [BROY-er] on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. Opening to the public on March 18, 2016, The Met Breuer will provide additional space for the public to explore the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of The Met's unparalleled collection.
Opening weekend: March 18-20, 2016
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Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 21, 2016
This year’s annual Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration in honor of National Poetry Month is happening on April 21. The #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest runs from April 11-15, and winners will be announced on Poem in Your Pocket Day.
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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents Bodas Mexicanas
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company explores a new production "Bodas Mexicanas/ Mexican Weddings" in collaboration with Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens. Live music, dance, and traditions that celebrate the union of two people as told through dance and the stories of different ethnic groups in Mexico.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 4-20, 2016
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The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance presents BAAD! ASS WOMEN
The 16th annual BAAD! ASS WOMEN FESTIVAL celebrates the empowerment of women through art, culture and performance.  The festival includes evenings of dance, music, performance art, and cabaret.
March 11–26, 2016
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