CreateNYC: Executive Summary

A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers


Published in July 2017, CreateNYC is the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for the City of New York. It is intended to serve as a roadmap to a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable cultural sector that all residents have a stake in. Its strategies for supporting arts and culture throughout the city lay out roles for stakeholders at all levels—from residents on a single block to City agencies that encompass all five boroughs.

The strategies in CreateNYC build on the strength of the City’s rich history of investment in arts and culture and connect a wide variety of initiatives implemented across City agencies. They address current concerns, such as the economic and social challenges of living and working in New York City, and highlight opportunities to support a thriving cultural sector well into the future.

Public input is the foundation of CreateNYC. Throughout months of engagement, the CreateNYC team reached more than 188,000 New Yorkers in person and online.