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Archive News for 2015

DCLA Diversity Initiative Receives Support from Major Foundations
The Ford Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund have provided a total of $150,000 for the City’s initiative to promote diversity in New York’s cultural community.
Posted June 16, 2015
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Federal Turnaround Arts Program Announced for Four Brooklyn Schools
Turnaround infuses struggling schools with arts programming and partners them with a well-known Turnaround Artist, supporting the City’s goal of providing quality arts education for all students.
Posted June 9, 2015
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DCLA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Executive Budget
Commissioner Finkelpearl delivered testimony to City Council on the agency’s budget and gave an update on new initiatives, including expanded support for small, community-based cultural organizations.
Posted on June 9, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Develop a Comprehensive Cultural Plan
The plan, due in 2017, gives DCLA the opportunity to unify its programs and new initiatives promoting equity and access to culture.
Posted May 19, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
This comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city recognizes the critical role culture plays in improving New Yorkers’ quality of life.
Posted April 22, 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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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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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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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
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Open Call for Cultural Development Fund Panelists
Now through February 16, the Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations from individuals interested in participating as or recommending panelists for the Cultural Development Fund application review process. Panelists should have knowledge of the agency and the constituency it serves, demonstrate expertise in one or more cultural disciplines, and (for borough-specific panels) be familiar with the cultural community of a specific borough.
Posted February 3, 2015
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The Fiscal Year 2016 Cultural Development Fund Application Deadline is February 9, 2015
The Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting grant applications from eligible nonprofit organizations. We will conduct informational seminars in all five boroughs during the application period.
Posted January 5, 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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