News for 2020

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NYC Cultural Affairs Department Announces $47.1 Million in Grants and New Measures to Support Cultural Organizations through ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

This year's Cultural Development Fund will support more than 1,000 cultural organizations across the city, including increased funding for groups serving areas hardest hit by the pandemic and relief for arts education.
December 15, 2020
Learn more about the FY 2021 CDF awards.



NYCHA, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and ArtBridge Help Launch "Bridging the Divide" Artist Fellowship Series at Red Hook Houses

Red Hook Houses is the first NYCHA campus to host a multi-part series of artist fellowships operated under the City Canvas pilot program, an initiative of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
September 12, 2020
Learn more about Bridging the Divide.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces 2020 NYC Public Artists in Residence

Four artists will work within three City agencies to address issues related to families and social bonds, racial and social justice, and community engagement through creative practice.
August 27, 2020
Learn more about the 2020 PAIR program.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and NYC & Company Launch "VirtualNYC Curator Collections"

Virtual NYC Curator Collections is a new series of guest curators selecting their favorites from hundreds of cultural experiences currently available online.
July 9, 2020
Learn more about VirtualNYC Curator Collections.


NYC Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) Julia Weist Debuts Digital Public Artwork Series Public Record

The artworks, which were submitted as official City records, are publicly available by submitting a Freedom of Information Law request. Public Record marks the culmination of Weist’s residency with the NYC Department of Records and Information Services.
May 18, 2020
Learn more about Weist’s PAIR.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches Survey Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the City's Cultural Sector

The city is asking groups to complete the survey by May 8.
April 24, 2020
Read the press release.



Mayor de Blasio Appoints Gonzalo Casals as Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs

As Commissioner, Casals will lead the Administration’s efforts to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultural sector.
March 11, 2020
Read more.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Open Call for the City’s Next Public Artists in Residence

NYC’s PAIR program places artists-in-residence with New York City municipal agencies to address pressing civic and social challenges through creative practice. Artists and artist collectives can apply to embed within one of four agencies participating in the 2020 program by March 29, 2020.
February 27, 2020
Learn more about the PAIR open call.



NYC Cultural Affairs Announces 2020 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact Recipients

Now in its third year, the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact will support ten unique partnerships between NYC municipal agencies and non-profit cultural organizations.
January 23, 2020
Read more about this year’s grantees.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Awards to 36 Nonprofits through CreateNYC Language Access Fund

Building on recommendations in the CreateNYC cultural plan, $725,000 is being distributed through this new, competitive grant program to support cultural activities for New Yorkers whose primary language is not English.
January 8, 2020
Learn more about the CreateNYC Language Access Fund.