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De Blasio Administration and Council Member Menchacha announce landmark city-funded public art project on climate change to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

The artwork, designed in collaboration with local youth, will educate and inspire residents about the challenges and opportunities for the neighborhood and the city as a result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Red Hook neighborhood saw unprecedented flooding during Hurricane Sandy, which took a heavy toll on its residents and businesses.
Posted November 9, 2016
Learn more about the new project.



Commissioner Finkelpearl Breaks Ground on Major Renovation of Staten Island Zoo Aquarium

With funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Zoo’s 30 year old aquarium will be upgraded into a cutting edge immersive environment, with floor-to-ceiling tanks and increased energy efficiency.
Posted November 9, 2016
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New York City Launches Public Engagement Process for CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan For All New Yorkers

Stakeholders from the NYC arts and culture community joined DCLA at Hostos Community College in the Bronx to kick off numerous opportunities for public involvement in building the City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan.
Posted October 25, 2016
Find out more about CreateNYC.



Commissioner Finkelpearl Joins First Lady Chirlane McCray to Open New Home for Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in Harlem

Known for its highly impactful artistic and cultural programming, CCCADI will now make its home in an extraordinary landmark, a former firehouse on 125th Street in Harlem. This new community hub will host exhibitions, workshops, and performance areas alongside the CCCADI offices.
Posted October 25, 2016
Learn more about CCCADI’s new home.



CUNY, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Rockefeller Foundation Announce CUNY Cultural Corps, a New Paid Internship Program for Students

Paid internships at 32 NYC cultural institutions will provide CUNY students with paid internships, giving them crucial career experience while expanding the talent pipeline for the city’s cultural sector.
Posted September 9, 2016.
Learn more about CUNY Cultural Corps.



Department of Cultural Affairs Selects Hester Street Collaborative to Create City’s Comprehensive Cultural Plan

Following a competitive application process, the City has selected Hester Street to lead the effort to incorporate public input into New York City’s first-ever cultural plan.
Posted August 4, 2016.
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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NYC Administration for Children’s Services Announce Selection of The Lost NYC for Public Artists in Residence (PAIR)

The Lost NYC will create opportunities for LGBTQ youth to express themselves, to experience NYC’s cultural offerings, and to further engage them with the services and resources available through ACS. The residency marks the latest expansion of Cultural Affairs’ PAIR Program.
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Interested in City cultural funding? Find out more!

New York City Nonprofit Organizations: If you are unfamiliar with the process for applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural activities, please join the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the borough-specific arts councils at one of five info sessions.
Posted June 24, 2016
Find out more about cultural funding opportunities.



Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce $10 million in Additional Funding for Cultural Affairs

The increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget will support cultural programming at more than 900 organizations across the City.
Posted June 20, 2016
Learn more about the budget agreement.



Commissioner Finkelpearl Delivers Testimony on the Social Values of the Arts

The hearing, hosted by the City Council at the Brooklyn Museum, provided an opportunity to highlight the important work being done by the cultural community to make New York a fairer, more vibrant place for all residents.
Posted May 19, 2016
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Materials for the Arts Receives Prestigious Award from the Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Champion Award, presented in a ceremony on May 13, 2016, recognized MFTA’s significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in New York City.
Posted May 19, 2016
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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Hosts Public Discussion on Cultivating Diversity in New York City Theater Community

On May 9, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl welcomed more than 200 representatives of theater groups from across the city to The New Victory Theater to discuss strategies and opportunities for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Posted May 12, 2016
Learn more about the convening.



Theater Subdistrict Council Now Accepting Initial Submissions for New Diversity Grant Program

Deadline for Intent to Apply is May 11, 2016
The Theater Subdistrict Council has announced a new grant program which will award up to $2 million in grants, with preference given to programs designed to increase participation from people currently underrepresented in the professional theater community. Three information sessions for potential applicants will be held from March 24-28.
Posted March 16, 2016
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Open Call for Cultural Development Fund Panelists

Now through February 22, the Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations from individuals interested in recommending or participating as panelists for the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) application review process. Panelists should have knowledge of the agency and the constituency it serves, demonstrate expertise in at least one cultural discipline, and (for borough-specific panels) be familiar with the cultural community of a specific borough.
Posted February 10, 2016
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Fiscal Year 2017 Cultural Development Fund Application Period Now Closed

The deadline for Cultural Development Fund (CDF) applications was February 8, 2016. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 program funding.
Posted February 10, 2016
Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.



Artist Residency with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs & NYC Administration for Children’s Services: Open Call Closed

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) are partnering in an effort to provide enhanced resources and support for the City’s population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) in the foster care system. Specifically, the agencies are seeking an artist-in-residence for the SCO Family of Services’ Group Living for LGBTQ Youth program, to use his/her/their art practice to engage LGBTQ youth, create
opportunities for them to express themselves creatively and to experience NYC’s cultural offerings, and further engage them with the services and resources available through ACS. The open call is now closed. Artists will be notified of their application status by April 1, 2016.
Posted February 5, 2016
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Diversity and Equity in NYC’s Cultural Workforce: Survey Results

The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a major initiative in January 2015 to promote and cultivate diversity among the leadership, staffs, and audiences of cultural organizations in New York City. To establish a baseline understanding of the staff and board makeup of New York’s cultural organizations through a survey to nearly 1,000 recent DCLA grantees.
Posted January 28, 2016
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