DCLA Advances Key Priorities and Makes Critical Cultural Investments in 2023
From historic investments in the city’s cultural infrastructure to advancing monumental new public artworks, in 2023 DCLA continued to work with the city’s cultural sector to foster a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive cultural community for all New Yorkers.
December 21, 2023
Learn more about DCLA's 2023 accomplishments.
Materials for the Arts Opens FORMALITIES by MFTA Artist-in-Residence Machine Dazzle, the Artist’s First-Ever Sculptural Exhibition
After several months in residency at Materials for the Arts, renowned artist and designer Machine Dazzle presents a solo exhibition of new works created from supplies found in the MFTA warehouse on view through January 12, 2024.
November 29, 2023
Learn more about FORMALITIES.
City Announces $7 Million in Support for The Africa Center and Highlights New Capital Funding for Dozens Of Cultural Groups across Manhattan
Mahattan investments are part of over $222 Million in new capital funding from the Mayor, City Council, and Borough Presidents for more than 75 cultural groups across the city.
November 17, 2023
Learn more about The Africa Center and other funded projects.
NYC Health + Hospitals’ Public Artist in Residence Modesto Flako Jimenez Holds Culminating Showcase at Carnegie Hall
Modesto Flako Jimenez and his many collaborators presented works from a yearlong engagement with NYC Health + Hospitals gun violence prevention and interruption programs and those intimately affected by the trauma.
November 15, 2023
Learn more about Jimenez’s work as a Public Artist in Residence.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Debuts New Mural Created with Input from Bronx Youth Affected by Gun Violence
The mural, developed by artist Fernando “Ski” Romero, is one of the projects planned with Modesto Flako Jimenez, the 2022-23 NYC Public Artist in Residence who has been embedded in the health system’s community and gun violence interruption programs over the past year.
November 1, 2023
Learn more about Romero's new mural at Lincoln Hospital.
NYC Public Artist in Residence Carlos Irijalba’s New Temporary Three-Part Installation Now Featured at East Side Coastal Resiliency in Manhattan
The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) have announced an ambitious, three-part installation by Spanish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Carlos Irijalba titled Joined an Avalanche, Never to be Alone Again is on view through November 15, 2023.
October 5, 2023
Learn more about the installation.
City Announces $2 Million for Sesame Flyers’ Expansion and Renovation Project – The Organization’s First City-Funded Capital Project – and New Funding for Cultural Groups Across Brooklyn
This new investment, in addition to funding for other Brooklyn-based cultural groups, was highlighted as part of a five borough tour celebrating more than $222 million in new capital support for nearly 80 cultural groups across the city.
October 4, 2023
Learn more about the new funding for Brooklyn.
Commissioner Cumbo Announces Over $11 Million in New Funding for Cultural Groups on the Snug Harbor Campus in Staten Island
The new investments in The Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Museum, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden were highlighted as part of a five borough tour celebrating more than $222 million in new capital support for arts and culture organizations citywide.
September 7, 2023
Learn more about the new funding for Staten Island.
Materials for the Arts Kicks Off Eighth Annual "Back to School Shopping Spree," Providing Free Supplies to NYC Public School Teachers
Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts program is welcoming teachers to pick up an array of free supplies to start the school year. MFTA's back to school initiative also includes extended shopping hours, direct supply drop-offs for schools, and new professional development programming.
September 7, 2023
Learn more about MFTA's Back to School Shopping Spree.
City Announces $8.5 Million for New Queens Museum's New Children's Museum Space, and New Funding for Cultural Groups Across Queens
Queens capital investments are part of over $222 Million in capital funding from the Mayor, City Council, and Borough Presidents for over 75 cultural groups across the city.
August 22, 2023
Learn more about the new funding for Queens cultural groups.
NYC Health + Hospitals’ Public Artist in Residence Modesto Flako Jimenez Debuts New Works Highlighting Gun Violence Prevention
The new creative works are born from months-long engagement with NYC Health + Hospitals gun violence prevention and interruption programs and those intimately affected by the trauma.
August 17, 2023
Learn more about Flako's PAIR work.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces $2 Million for The New York Botanical Garden’s State-of-the-Art, “Net-Positive Energy” Site Operations Center, and New Capital Support for Cultural Groups Across the Bronx
With this allocation, the City has contributed over $15 million to the NYBG project to date. As part of an ongoing five borough tour, Commissioner Cumbo also highlighted critical capital investments for cultural groups across the Bronx.
August 8, 2023
Commissioner Cumbo's Statement on Fiscal Year 2024 Budget for NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
The agency's FY2024 budget sets another record for City investment in NYC's cultural community.
July 6, 2023
Learn more about DCLA's FY2024 budget.
Six Department of Cultural Affairs Projects Receive Awards for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission
The projects recognized as part of the combined 40th and 41st annual awards include five public artworks commissioned through Percent for Art and one cultural capital project at the Queens Botanical Garden.
June 29, 2023
Learn more about the award-winning projects.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Selection of Artist Jennifer Wen Ma to Design Permanent Public Artwork for 70 Mulberry in Manhattan's Chinatown
The building – a community hub which was severely damaged by fire in January 2020 – is being restored by the City’s Department of Design and Construction and Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
June 15, 2023
Learn more about the commission.
NYC Department of Records' Public Artist in Residence Kameron Neal Debuts Film Installation "Down the Barrel (of a Lens)"
“Down the Barrel (Of A Lens)” marks the culmination of Neal’s residency with the Department of Records, where he examined digitized NYPD surveillance footage from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
June 13, 2023
Learn more about the installation.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Design and Construction Celebrate 40 Years of "Percent for Art" with a New Installation at City Hall
The installation - featured on a construction fence surrounding the steps of City Hall as they undergo renovation - includes images of more than 40 of the permanent public artworks commissioned through Percent for Art since the program was established.
May 11, 2023
Learn more about the installation.
Materials for the Arts Presents "A Kaleidescope of Lines/ Forms/ Patterns" by Artist-in-Residence Sui Park
NYC Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program is pleased to present a solo exhibition of multi-media assemblage installations and sculptures by artist Sui Park, on view now through June 6, 2023 at the Materials for the Arts Gallery.
April 19, 2023
Materials for the Arts and BK Style Foundation Announce New MFTA Designer-in-Residence Program
NYC Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program provides emerging fashion designers with access to free studio space and supplies at MFTA’s Long Island City warehouse. Inaugural designers Leilani Bell and Nikita Shah will participate in Fashion Week Brooklyn and Sustainable Fashion Week.
April 10, 2023
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches Cultural Development Fund Application for Fiscal Year 2024
Eligible cultural nonprofits from across the five boroughs are encouraged to apply for City funds in support of public-oriented cultural programming.
April 6, 2023
Learn more about the Cultural Development Fund.
ArtBridge, Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Housing Authority Announce the Culmination of City Artist Corps: Bridging the Divide, Celebrating the Completion of 50 Art Installations Citywide
Bridging the Divide is a year-long, five-borough, public art exhibition consisting of 50 art installations that amplify the stories, cultures, talents, and histories of New York City's 400,000 public housing residents.
April 5, 2023
Learn more about Bridging the Divide.
Mayor Adams Announces City Hall to Display Artist Elena Del Rivero's Home Address Exhibit on International Women's Day
Elena del Rivero’s installation consists of large flags resembling stained dish towels, reflecting the artist’s commentary on the complex and shifting roles of women through history.
March 8, 2023
Materials for the Arts Presents "To Shed New Light" by Artist-in-Residence Cecilia André
NYC Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts (MFTA) program is pleased to present "To Shed New Light," a solo exhibition of paintings and assemblage sculptures by artist Cecilia André, on view now through March 10, 2023 at the Materials for the Arts Gallery.
February 23, 2023
Mayor Adams, DCLA Commissioner Cumbo Announce Installation Of Photos From Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Throughout City Hall
The photos depict the lively free outdoor dance performances and classes that Ailey Moves NYC! brought to New York City and reinforce the city’s recovery over the summer of 2022.
February 14, 2023
Reimagining Our Streets: Commissioners Cumbo and Rodriguez Invite Cultural Organizations and Community Groups to Become Open Streets Community Partners in 2023
Cultural groups are encouraged to consider applying to activate and manage Open Streets as sites of cultural programming accessible to all New Yorkers. The City is also committing $5 million in annual funding to community partners for operations and maintenance of Open Streets.
January 24, 2023