Mayor Adams, Department of Cultural Affairs Award More Than $58 Million in Grants to Over 1,000 Nonprofits Through Cultural Development Fund
With a record investment from the Adams administration and the City Council, DCLA awarded the most funding to the largest number of cultural organizations ever, marked by major boosts for smaller groups and organizations led by people of color, as well as an increase in the number of groups receiving city support for the first time.
December 15, 2022
NYC Public Artist in Residence with the Department of Design and Construction, Melanie Crean, Installs Reify at Staten Island Supreme Courthouse
To create Reify, Crean worked with youth from Staten Island to consider the future of justice that they would like to see in their community. A community conversation about the piece will take place on December 3.
December 1, 2022
City Delivers New, Permanent Space for Bronx Children’s Museum
The museum's permanent new home in Mill Pond Park includes 13,800 square feet of space for children to play, learn and connect through art, dramatic role-play and scientific exploration.
November 16, 2022
New York City Announces 2022-23 Public Artists in Residence
Four artists - Gioncarlo Valentine, Alex Strada, Modesto Flako Jimenez, and Carlos Irijalba - will embed within four City agencies for the next year.
November 3, 2022
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches "Public Art as Community Engagement" Pilot with Public Conversation Series Exploring the History and Legacy of the Lyons Family
Curated and hosted by Niama Safia Sandy, Harnessing History: Tracing the Legacy of the Lyons Family will run from October 22 – November 5.
October 18, 2022
City Delivers New, Modern Auditorium at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
The $7.8 million, City-funded renovation project creates a new theater space in the heart of Brooklyn, which the museum inaugurated with a children’s film series, Movies @ BCM.
September 26, 2022
Materials for the Arts Hosts Annual "Back to School Shopping Spree," Distributing Free Supplies to NYC Public School Teachers
Through the end of September, NYC Cultural Affairs' MFTA program encourages teachers to stock up with free supplies as students return to the classroom.
September 13, 2022
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces $4.5 Million for The Noguchi Museum and New Capital Funding for Cultural Organizations Across Queens
The funding is part of Mayor Adams' historic $127 million investment in cultural capital projects in all five boroughs.
Aug 10, 2022
Mayor Adams, Commissioner Cumbo Announce $5.5 Million for Universal Hip Hop Museum and New Capital Funding for Bronx Cultural Institutions
The new funding is part of a $127 million investment by the Mayor in capital projects at cultural organizations across the five boroughs.
Aug 3, 2022
Cultural Affairs Commissioner Laurie Cumbo Announces New Funding for Cultural Capital Projects Across Brooklyn, Including $4.5 Million for Green-Wood Cemetery's Welcome and Education Center
The new awards are part of Mayor Adam's $127 million capital investment in cultural groups in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget.
Aug 1, 2022
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Cumbo Announce Over $3.4 Million for the Historic Snug Harbor Music Hall and New Capital Investments across Staten Island Cultural Institutions
The St. George Theatre, Noble Maritime Museum, Staten Island Zoo, and Staten Island Museum also received new capital funding from the City as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget.
July 13, 2022
Materials for the Arts Opens "Feared & Revered" by Artist-in-Residence Nicole Awai
NYC Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program is pleased to present "Feared & Revered," a solo exhibition of multi-media works by artist Nicole Awai, on view now through August 2022 at the Materials for the Arts Gallery.
July 6, 2022
As Pride Month Comes to a Close, Cultural Affairs Announces $3.6 Million for Transformation of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and Highlights Significant Capital Investments in Manhattan Cultural Institutions
As part of the first of five events DCLA will host in each of the boroughs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo also highlighted new cultural capital investments across Manhattan.
June 30, 2022
Learn more about DCLA's new capital funding.
“The Sustainable Art Show” Celebrates 10 Years of Artists in Residence at Materials for the Arts
NYC Cultural Affairs’ Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program announces The Sustainable Art Show, an exhibition of artwork by artists who have participated in the first 10 years of MFTA’s pioneering artist residency program.
June 2, 2022
Mayor Adams Selects People's Theatre Project to own, Operate First-of-its-Kind Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center Coming to Inwood
Cultural Affairs Commissioner Cumbo joined Mayor Adams to announce that the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) — an immigrant- and women-led nonprofit — will own and operate a first-of-its-kind Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (IRPAC) coming to Inwood.
May 19, 2022
Mayor Adams Kicks Off Campaign to Highlight IDNYC Expansion of Benefits
The City kicked off a campaign to highlight new benefits, including access to dozens of cultural partners, for city residents with an IDNYC.
May 2, 2022
Learn more about IDNYC.
New York City Department of Sanitation Announces Launch of “Office of In Visibility” Created by Department of Cultural Affairs Public Artist-in-Residence sTo Len
The New York City Department of Sanitation and Department of Cultural Affairs have announced the launch of a new Office of In Visibility (OOIV) project, created by DSNY’s current Public Artist in Residence, sTo Len. The Public Artist in Residence program is administered by DCLA, and Len has been embedded within DSNY as part of this program since October 2021.
April 29, 2022
Learn more about OOIV.
NYC Cultural Affairs Launches New, More Equitable Process for Cultural Groups Applying for City Funding
DCLA encourages cultural nonprofits from across all of New York City’s vast, diverse cultural community to apply to receive public support for their arts and cultural activities. This year’s CDF application process marks a major step forward in fostering greater equity in this important source of funding.
April 6, 2022
Learn more about this year's CDF.
Mayor Adams Appoints Laurie Cumbo as Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced the appointment of Laurie Cumbo as commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). In this role, she will direct cultural policy for the city and oversee city funding for hundreds of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the five boroughs that deliver quality arts programming for New Yorkers.
March 18, 2022
Materials for the Arts, The Joyce Theater, and Karen Brooks Hopkins Announce “The Great Dance Shoe Giveaway”
NYC Cultural Affairs’ Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program, The Joyce Theater, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) President Emerita Karen Brooks Hopkins are working together to distribute a donation of over 11,000 pairs of dance shoes from Ocean State Job Lot to hundreds of NYC-based dancers, dance organizations, and public schools.
February 22, 2022
Learn more about The Great Dance Shoe Giveaway.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed Launch Public Engagement for Permanent Public Artwork in Brooklyn’s Abolitionist Place
As part of the new Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed are inviting New Yorkers to learn more about and engage with the artist’s proposed public artwork for the new public green space.
January 21, 2022
Learn more and participate.