News for 2018

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Department of Cultural Affairs Seeks Artists to Design New Monument as Part of "Beyond Sims"

The new artwork will address the legacy of J. Marion Sims, whose statue formerly occupied the pedestal at 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue in East Harlem. Call for artists will be open through January 31, 2019.
December 28, 2018
Find out more and apply.



City Grants $2 Million to Park Avenue Armory to Replace Wade Thompson Drill Hall Floor

Using historically appropriate wood reclaimed from buildings around the U.S., the Armory will replace the original 138-year-old floorboards of its 55,000-square-foot drill hall to literally create a renewed platform for artists.
December 21, 2018
Learn more about the project.



City Announces Shirley Chisholm, First Black Woman to Serve in Congress, Selected for New Monument

This is the first monument commissioned as part of She Built NYC, and will be erected in Chisholm’s native Brooklyn.
November 30, 2018
Read more about the new monument.



Staten Island Zoo Aquarium Officially Reopens Following Extensive City-Funded Renovation

The $9 million project, which reimagines the previous 30-year-old design and creates modernized exhibition spaces, new education areas, and improved energy efficiency, was completed six months ahead of schedule.
November 19, 2018
Find out more about the renovations.



City Announces $1.9 Million in New Capital Funds for the Louis Armstrong House Museum to Support the Renovation of “Selma’s House”

The project – which will add much-needed administration, outdoor, and storage space to LAHM’s growing cultural campus – is now fully funded by City capital support totaling $3.53 million.
October 30, 2018
Learn more about the project.



DCLA Announces Grants Totaling $43.9 Million Supporting Cultural Programming at 977 Organizations across All Five Boroughs

The funding, which was allocated by the Mayor and City Council in this year’s budget, is part of DCLA’s $198.4 million Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the largest in the agency’s history.
October 23, 2018
Read more about city funding for the arts.



City Announces Community Coalition and Upcoming Program in Next Steps Toward Commissioning New Public Artwork in East Harlem

The new artwork will address the legacy of J. Marion Sims, whose statue formerly occupied the pedestal at 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The first in a series of community conversations is scheduled for October 20.
October 16, 2018
Learn more about Beyond Sims.



Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Call for Applications for City Canvas Pilot Program

Partnering with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Buildings, DCLA seeks arts organizations’ proposals for commissioning and presenting artwork on temporary construction structures around the city.
September 12, 2018
Read more about the project.



CUNY, Department of Cultural Affairs, and Rockefeller Foundation Announce Third Year of CUNY Cultural Corps

Over 130 students from 16 CUNY colleges will begin paid internships with 63 cultural organizations for the 2018-2019 academic year.
September 7, 2018
Read more about the project.



DCLA Announces Recipients of Inaugural CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund

This pilot program, building on recommendations from CreateNYC, will provide $640,000 to 22 organizations for programs that deepen engagement in the arts for people with disabilities as artists, cultural workers, and audience members.
August 28, 2018
Learn about the grantee projects.



Staten Island Children’s Museum Receives $3.1 Million in City Support for Capital Improvements to Increase Energy Efficiency

The newest Coney Island landmark, representing a major City capital investment, provides dynamic exhibition and education space, and is a symbol of NYC’s sustainability and resiliency in the face of climate change.
August 2, 2018
Read more about the project.



DCLA Announces Increased Funding for Staten Island Arts to Regrant to Local Artists and Cultural Organizations

The City will provide $238,000 to Staten Island’s arts council - $80,000 higher than last year and more than triple the amount allocated two years ago.
July 31, 2018
Read the press release.



DCLA and NYPL Announce Open Call for Artists and Designers for Public Art Installation in the Historic Port Richmond Library

The Percent for Art Program especially encourages artists from Staten Island to respond to thie Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI); deadline is August 10, 2018.
July 26, 2018
Learn about the opportunity.



Brooklyn, New York, and Queens Public Library Systems Launch Culture Pass

In a new partnership connecting NYC’s public libraries directly with the cultural sector, library card holders will now be able to get free admission to nearly three dozen of the city’s leading cultural institutions.
July 16, 2018
Find out more.



Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and Bronx Documentary Center Announce Kickoff of “Claremont Illuminated” to Enhance Safety and Community Connection through Public Art Interventions

With the pilot funded through the inaugural CreateNYC Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, the collaborative public art project will be extended thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
June 22, 2018
Find out more about the program.



On June 22, DCLA and 18 Cultural Organizations on City Property Join the #DaylightHour Campaign to Reduce Energy Consumption

Building on CreateNYC recommendations to promote a more sustainable cultural sector, DCLA and cultural organizations across the city turned off lights in daylit spaces for one hour to highlight how even small actions can add up to significant energy savings.
June 22, 2018
Learn more about the campaign.



She Built NYC: De Blasio Administration Announces Advisory Panel to Commission Public Artwork Honoring Local Women and Women’s History

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and DCLA invite the public to submit their ideas for how to honor the inspiring, diverse people and events that comprise the history of New York women.
June 20, 2018
Read the press release.
Submit your nomination by August 1.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund

Building on recommendations from NYC’s cultural plan, the CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund will provide a total of $350,000 for programs that deepen engagement in the arts for people with disabilities as artists, cultural workers, and audiences. Applications are due June 1,2018.
May 7, 2018
Find out more about the initiative.



New York City Selected for Two World Cities Culture Forum “Leadership Exchanges”

In the inaugural “Leadership Exchange Programme,” NYC was one of nine global cities selected to participate in inter-city collaborations, working to develop creative solutions to help combat the urban challenges of climate change and endangered affordability.
May 2, 2018
Learn more about the winning exchanges.



First Lady Chirlane McCray, Department of Correction and Children’s Museum of Manhattan Launch Pilot Program to Unite Families of Incarcerated Women

This groundbreaking program will allow incarcerated parents at Rikers Island to bond with their children through activities and shared experiences at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
May 1, 2018
Read the press release.



For ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day,’ New York City Announces Winners of the #PoetweetNYC Twitter Poetry Contest

On “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” the City announced five winning #PoetweetNYC entries. The winners, many of which reflect this year’s Earth Day contest theme, were selected by a panel of judges led by First Lady Chirlane McCray.
April 26, 2018
Read 2018’s winning Poetweets.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches Open Call for CreateNYC: Leadership Accelerator

DCLA worked with the CUNY School of Professional Studies to develop this pilot professional development program to support aspiring cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds. The open call for applications runs through Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:59PM.
March 30, 2018
Read the Leadership Accelerator press release.



Mayor de Blasio Appoints the City's First Ever Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife

The new office, a key recommendation in the CreateNYC cultural plan, will serve as a central point of contact between City agencies, the nightlife industry, and city residents.
March 7, 2018
Read more about NYC's new Office of Nightlife.



Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Economic Development Corporation Seek Partners for Affordable Artist Workspace Initiative

As part of its Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) initiative, the City is seeking responses from cultural organizations interested in operating and utilizing affordable workspace.
February 15, 2018
Read the AREA press release.
Respond to the RFEI for organizations who wish to develop and/or operate affordable artist workspace.
Respond to the survey for organizations currently seeking or offering artist workspace for rent or lease.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Kicks Off Building Community Capacity Program (BCC) in Three New Neighborhoods

Over $240,000 will be distributed to community-based development organizations and cultural nonprofits in Bushwick, Far Rockaway, and Morrisania to support neighborhood arts inventories and community-driven cultural planning.
February 8, 2018
Read more about the new BCC grantees.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Four New Public Artists in Residence

Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program embeds artists within City agencies to address pressing civic and social issues through creative practice.
January 23, 2018
Learn about the new PAIRs.



Mayor de Blasio Releases Monuments Commission Report, Announces Decisions for Monuments and Markers on City Property

The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers released a report containing recommendations that emphasize additive measures and public dialogue to ensure monuments and markers on City property are given accurate and inclusive historical context.
January 12, 2018
Learn more about the Commission’s recommendations.



Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact to Support Seven Partnerships between City Agencies and Cultural Organizations

An outgrowth of CreateNYC, the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact is providing over $500,000 to seven arts organizations who are collaborating with City agencies to address a range of issues, from public safety to immigration to literacy.
January 10, 2018
Learn about the winning projects.