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DCLA Joins NYCHA to Announce New Funding for Make Mott Haven
The National Endowment for the Arts selected Make Mott Haven for a $100,000 Our Town grant, supporting the neighborhood-based effort to enrich the lives of South Bronx residents through local arts and cultural opportunities.
Posted September 3, 2015
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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
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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
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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!

Queens Botanical Garden presents Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
Harvest Fest--A fun-filled afternoon for the whole family! Enjoy live music, old-fashioned games, nature and garden walks, composting demos, craft and food vendors, petting zoo and pony rides, a beer tent and the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch.
Free with Admission (additional fee for Pumpkin Patch and some other activities)
$4 Adult; $3 Seniors; $2 Students with ID and children over
October 18, 2015; 11am-6pm
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Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month
Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fifth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Programs occur each day of the month throughout the City. Participating organizations include the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter / Center for Architecture, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Cooper Hewitt, Freshkills Park Alliance, Smithsonian Design Museum, Municipal Arts Society, Museum of Modern Art, South Street Seaport Museum, Van Alan Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.
October, 2015.
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Open House New York presents OHNY Weekend
For two days each October, the Annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend.
October 17-18, 2015 
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Joyce Theater
To commemorate the Limón Dance Company’s 70th anniversary season, the José Limón Dance Foundation presents an International Dance Festival showcasing the variety and depth of this master choreographer’s humanistic vision. The programs bring together Limón dancers, guest artists from acclaimed companies like the Royal Danish Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet, and dancers from among the world’s finest education programs like The Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Taipei.
Tickets start at $20
October 13 – 25, 2015
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