News for 2015

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DCLA Delivers Testimony to City Council on IDNYC Cultural Benefits

DCLA Acting Commissioner Edwin Torres joined Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal to highlight the impact the benefits have had both on residents and on the organizations taking part.
Posted December 24, 2015
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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 Request for Proposals: NYC Cultural Plan Consultant

DCLA is seeking a qualified consultant to engage the public to research and write the first ever cultural plan for the City of New York. Consultants are invited to submit a proposal for undertaking the work described in the RFP. Deadline for proposals is January 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
Posted December 7, 2015
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City Announces Expanded Creative Aging Program, SU-CASA

The program, funded by more than $1 million from the City Council, will place artists and arts organizations in residence at more than 100 senior centers in all five boroughs.
Posted November 12, 2015
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Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Announce New Artist Residency at Harlem Vet Center

Artist collective Social Design Collective was selected through a competitive process to help the Harlem Vet Center better engage female veterans through creative interventions.
Posted November 10, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Announces New Members for the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

The Commission is comprised of appointees from a diverse array of cultural and artistic organizations and practices, and will advise the Mayor and DCLA Commissioner on issues impacting NYC's cultural community.
Posted November 4, 2015.
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See a full list of commission members.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces FY 2016 Cultural Development Fund Recipients

Over 900 organizations across the five boroughs will receive $33 million for cultural programming that increases public access to the arts for New Yorkers.
Posted September 29, 2015.
Learn more about CDF.
Get a list of FY 2016 CDF recipients.
Get historical CDF information on NYC Open Data.



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
Learn more about DCLA’s FY2016 adopted budget.



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
Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.



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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