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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Tom Finkelpearl Commissioner of Cultural Affairs
Mayor de Blasio appointed Tom Finkelpearl as Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. With more than 30 years of experience in museum management and arts education, Finkelpearl brings a deep commitment to inclusiveness and community engagement to the department and will be tasked with strengthening New York City’s vibrant cultural life across all five boroughs.
Posted on April 8, 2014.
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FY15 Community Arts Leadership Application Period Now Open
CAL is a yearlong capacity-building initiative designed to help arts leaders effectively run their small, community-based cultural organizations serving low- to moderate-income populations. Groups interested in applying for the FY 2015 program are required to attend one of the four information sessions taking place from April 10 through April 21. 
Posted on April 8, 2014.
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NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Announces Out-of-School Time Middle School Expansion
This new Mayoral grant initiative provides eligible nonprofit and community-based providers—including arts and cultural organizations— expanded opportunities to engage middle-school aged students in high quality afterschool programming.
Posted March 28, 2014.

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DCLA partners with OEM for the Partners in Preparedness Initiative
OEM's Partners in Preparedness program supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies. Partners come from all industries and enjoy a range of benefits.
Posted on March 27, 2014.
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DCLA’s Budget at a Glance
Mayor De Blasio issued the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2015, including updated DCLA expense and capital allocations.
Posted on February 26, 2014.

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Newly Elected City Officials Take Office
Nonprofit organizations should contact their Borough President and New York City Council representative to learn more about discretionary funding opportunities available in their districts.
Posted on January 14, 2014.
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Governors Island Permit Process for 2014 Programming Now Open
Through the online permit process, cultural organizations can propose programming during any part of the public season. Programs can occur in the nearly two dozen historic buildings totaling over 200,000 square feet, or outdoor spaces across the Island.
Posted on December 12, 2013.

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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!

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014
On April 24, 2014, the City will host this annual celebration of literacy and community to honor April as National Poetry Month.
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P-Credit Courses at Materials for the Arts
Materials for the Arts offers P-Credit courses for teachers. In these studio-style classes, teachers learn how to creatively reuse materials to make engaging projects for lessons in all content areas.   Upcoming courses include Project Based Learning: Reuse in English Language Arts starting on March 1, and Paper: From Pulp to Fiction starting on April 26.
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UrbanGlass Presents Illuminate: Design in Light
On view at the Agnes Varis Art Center in Downtown Brooklyn from April 2 – May 31, this exhibition looks at the many ways in which New York City designers use glass in their lighting.
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The Hebrew Home at Riverdale Presents The Politics of Paint: Landscape Painting in the Soviet Union, 1953-1963
On view from February 9 through April 20, this exhibition of 14 paintings is drawn from the Hebrew Home’s extensive collection of mid-century Soviet art.
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