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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, including:
  • Free preparedness brochures
  • Real-time emergency information
  • Access to webinars, forums and other events
  • Recognition of their commitment to preparedness
Posted March 27, 2014.
Emergencies can happen anytime. Become a partner today!


Call for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department for the Aging announce the Call for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, a community arts engagement program that will place 50 artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs starting January 2015. Through SPARC, resident artists will develop projects with seniors in exchange for a stipend and access to workspace. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 30 at 5 PM.
Posted September 4, 2014.
Learn more and apply.

City Launches “Land Rush” Phase for .NYC Domain
All businesses, residents, and organizations – including nonprofits – with a physical address in New York City will have an equal opportunity to reserve a .NYC domain in advance of the official public launch on October 8.
Posted August 14, 2014.

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NYC Department of Probation and Carnegie Hall Launch Third Round of NeON Arts
The NeON Arts program (Neighborhood Opportunity Network) offers young people in New York City, including those on probation, the chance to explore the arts through projects in a variety of disciplines, such as dance, visual arts, and theater. The application for arts organizations interested in participating is due September 5.
Posted August 14, 2014.

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Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Fariña, and Commissioner Finkelpearl Join Comptroller Stringer and Other Officials to Announce Additional $23 Million for Arts Education
The funding supports 120 new certified arts teachers, improved arts facilities in schools, and new partnerships with cultural institutions for the 2014-2015 school year.
Posted July 3, 2014.

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Commissioner Finkelpearl Joins Local Officials to Break Ground on Bronx River Art Center Renovation
When the $10 million city-funded project is complete, BRAC’s 100-year-old, 18,000 square-foot building will house classrooms, studio spaces, a state of the art computer lab, and ground floor art gallery.
Posted July 3, 2014.

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DCLA Assistant Commissioner for Program Services Kathleen Hughes Receives 2014 Sloan Public Service Award
The prestigious Sloan Public Service Awards are administered annually by the Fund for the City of New York to recognize City employees for outstanding performance and dedication to their jobs. Assistant Commissioner Hughes’s selection reflects her decades of service managing the City’s funding for cultural programs, providing public support for an enormous breadth of arts activities throughout the five boroughs.
Posted June 5, 2014.

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Inaugural SPARC Week Highlights Public Cultural Programs in Senior Centers from June 12-22
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Department for the Aging are hosting the inaugural “SPARC Week” to highlight public programs taking place in senior centers participating in SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide.
Posted on June 13, 2014.

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DCLA’s Budget at a Glance
Mayor de Blasio issued the Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2015, including updated DCLA expense and capital allocations.
Posted on May 9, 2014.

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Learn more about the Mayor’s Executive Budget.


Mayor de Blasio Appoints Tom Finkelpearl Commissioner 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 March 27, 2014.
Learn more about the partnership.


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.
Learn more about DCLA’s preliminary budget.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Hosts Free Art & Resilience Workshop Series, March 11 - 26
The three-part workshop series will cover topics that have taken on greater urgency for many artists in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, including records and archives, insurance, and legal issues.
Posted on February 26, 2014.


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The Fiscal 2015 Cultural Development Fund Application Deadline is Closed
The deadline for Cultural Development Fund applications was February 10, 2014. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal 2015 CDF funding.
Posted Febrary 14, 2014.
Learn more about the agency’s programs funding process.

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.
Find your City Council representative.
Contact your Borough President’s office.

2014 Artist Placements Announced for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA), and five local arts councils have announced the selection of 51 artists for SPARC residencies in 50 senior centers across the City. The residencies will run from January to July 2014.
Posted January 10, 2014.

See the list of artist placements.
Learn more about SPARC.