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Mayor Adams, Speaker Adams Invest Over $22 Million in Cultural Organizations as Administration's Strong Fiscal Management Improves City's Budget Outlook
NYC Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams announced that the city will make multiple investments in NYC’s cultural sector over the next three fiscal years. 
April 22, 2024 
Learn more about the City's investment in culture.


City Hall and DCLA Unveil Installation Commemorating "Hip-Hop' s Greatest Day" 
The installation features legendary hip-hop figures who gathered to participate in a photo shoot that payed homage homage to Art Kane’s “A Great Day in Harlem," which featured Jazz greats of an earlier generation. 
April 9, 2024
Learn more about "Hip-Hop's Greatest Day."

City Begins $24 Million Renovation of Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Lower East Side
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Design and Construction have announced the beginning of a $24.1 million City-funded renovation project for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that will transform and expand the iconic institution’s home.
March 28, 2024
Learn more about the renovation project. 

Mayor Adams, Commissioner Cumbo Revive Four She Built NYC Monuments
The revived program will honor Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trías in the Bronx, Elizabeth Jennings Graham in Manhattan, Billie Holiday in Queens, and Katherine Walker in Staten Island
March 28, 2024
Learn more about She Built NYC.

Downtown Art Reopens Following City-Funded Renovation Project
NYC Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Design and Construction announced the completion of a City-funded renovation of the Downtown Art Community Center, which added a new performing arts studio, upgraded kitchen, and other features.
March 19, 2024
Learn more about the renovation project.


Mayor Adams, Commissioner Cumbo Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, Launch Immersive Map and Revamped Website
The interactive map, which was developed in close collaboration between NYC Cultural Affairs, the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI), and Esri, spotlights 40 permanent public art projects for New Yorkers to explore across the five boroughs. It also features an audio tour with the voices of figures who have supported the program since its inception.
March 15, 2024
Learn more about the 40th anniversary map and website.


Materials for the Arts Presents The Warehouse by MFTA Artist-in-Residence Woomin Kim
Featuring large-scale quilted works of MFTA’s space and materials, The Warehouse is a rich and vibrant homage to the creative spirit that pulsates throughout MFTA, capturing the essence of the space and the materials it houses. 
February 29, 2024
Learn more about the exhibition.


Department of Cultural Affairs Announces $52.2 Million for More Than 1,000 Cultural Groups Citywide 
The competitive Cultural Development Fund distributed grants to 76% of eligible applicants, supporting public cultural programming in all five boroughs
February 21, 2024
Learn more about this year's Cultural Development Fund.


Materials for the Arts Unveils New Logo and Visual Identity, Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Wide-Ranging Services it Provides to NYC's Cultural Community
Materials for the Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, unveiled its first new logo and visual identity in 30 years, designed by Pentagram, at a ceremony in Times Square. MFTA is a part of DCLA's and the city’s broader commitment to supporting its cultural community and investing in affordable, accessible cultural programing while fostering a cleaner, greener, more creative NYC.
February 20, 2024
Learn more about MFTA's new logo and awareness campaign.

Commissioner Laurie Cumbo Joins Brooklyn Museum to Cut The Ribbon On Revamped Education Center
The city invested $6 million in the revamped, 9,500-square-foot space, which will allow the Museum to better serve the more than 50,000 visitors who participate in its education programs each year. 
January 29, 2024
Learn more about the Toby Devan Lewis Education Center. 


Two Percent for Art Projects Receive Unanimous Approval from the Public Design Commission
The PDC approved designs for the three-part art installation for the new 70 Mulberry building in Chinatown, and artist Justin Valdes’s proposal for a series of murals for Queens Public Library’s Arverne branch.
January 18, 2024
Learn more about the newly approved artworks.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Buildings Launch New, Permanent City Canvas Program
The new program creates opportunities for artists, building owners, and communities to create site-specific artworks on the 300+ miles of protective structures currently installed across the five boroughs, and includes an open call for artists. 
January 10, 2024
Learn more about City Canvas.

DCLA and DDC Break Ground on Nearly $13 Million Renovation Project to Modernize The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the Lower East Side
The renovation project will make the building fully ADA compliant and modernize the lobby and corridors for The Clemente’s 70,000 annual visitors.
January 8, 2024
Learn more about the project at The Clemente.