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City Announces Expanded Creative Aging Program, “SU-CASA,” and Open Call for Artists and Arts Organizations
The program, funded by more than $1 million from the City Council, will place artists and arts organizations in residence at more than 100 senior centers in all five boroughs.
Posted November 12, 2015
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Learn more and apply.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Announce New Artist Residency at Harlem Vet Center
Artist collective Social Design Collective was selected through a competitive process to help the Harlem Vet Center better engage female veterans through creative interventions.
Posted November 10, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Announces New Members for the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission
The Commission is comprised of appointees from a diverse array of cultural and artistic organizations and practices, and will advise the Mayor and DCLA Commissioner on issues impacting NYC's cultural community.
Posted November 4, 2015.
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See a full list of commission members.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces FY 2016 Cultural Development Fund Recipients
Over 900 organizations across the five boroughs will receive $33 million for cultural programming that increases public access to the arts for New Yorkers.
Posted September 29, 2015.
Learn more about CDF.
Get a list of FY 2016 CDF recipients.
Get historical CDF information on NYC Open Data.

DCLA Joins NYCHA to Announce New Funding for Make Mott Haven
The National Endowment for the Arts selected Make Mott Haven for a $100,000 Our Town grant, supporting the neighborhood-based effort to enrich the lives of South Bronx residents through local arts and cultural opportunities.
Posted September 3, 2015
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Tania Bruguera to Serve as First Artist-in-Residence for Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
DCLA Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal announced that Tania Bruguera will serve as artist-in-residence for the IDNYC program, helping to engage immigrant-rich communities across the city with her creative practice. This marks the beginning of a new DCLA program that will place artists-in-residence at City agencies to enhance services and engagement with constituents.
Posted July 14, 2015
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DCLA Budget at a Glance
The City’s adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2016 allocates $165.3 million for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Posted July 2, 2015
Learn more about DCLA’s FY2016 adopted budget.
Culture Features

Cultural Venues with Free Hours and Suggested Admission
New York City is home to more than 1,200 cultural venues, many of which offer free hours or suggested admission. 

Eye on Culture

New York City is home to more than 700 art galleries; 380 nonprofit theater companies; 330 dance companies; 131 museums; 96 orchestras; 40 Broadway theaters; 15 major concert halls; five zoos; five botanical gardens; and one aquarium.  Start exploring today!

Performa presents Performa 15 Biennial
Celebrating ten years since the founding of the Performa biennial in 2005, Performa 15 brings together a total of more than 30 artists from 12 countries around the world to participate in three weeks of exciting programming in performance art —breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, film, and architecture. For each biennial, Performa pays homage to a bygone era through a historical anchor, such as Futurism and Russian Constructivism, showing the prevalence of live art during earlier periods; this year the historic reference is The Renaissance. Performa 15 events take place at various location throughout New York City.
November 1 – 22, 2015
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Japan Society presents For a New World To Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979
In the wake of the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, Japanese artists and photographers began crafting a new visual language for an age of uncertainty. Their embrace of camera-based experiments would alter the cultural landscape and lay the foundations for contemporary art in Japan. For a New World to Come is the first comprehensive exhibition to spotlight this radical break with the past with some 200 works.
October 9, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Admission: $12; students & seniors $10, Japan Society members & children under 16 free.
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New York Hall of Science presents Connected Worlds
Connected Worlds, NYSCI’s groundbreaking new exhibition, immerses visitors in a fantastical animated world where your actions — gestures, movements, and decisions — impact how well the world is kept in balance. There are six environments in Connected Worlds: jungle, desert, wetlands, mountain valley, reservoir, and plains. Each has its own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. As visitors explore and play, their actions — gestures, movements, decisions — have both short and long-term effects on the digital environments.
On long-term view.
Free with NYSCI admission.
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The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance presents BlakTinX Performance Series
BAAD begins its fall season with BlakTinX Performance Series. This annual multidisciplinary festival celebrates art
and performance by African American, Latino and artists of color.
October 17 to November 21, 2015.
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