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The Fiscal 2018 Cultural Development Fund Application Period is now closed
The deadline for Cultural Development Fund (CDF) applications was February 13, 2017. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal 2018 program funding.
Posted February 15, 2017

Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.

Open Call for FY18 Cultural Development Fund Panelists
Now through Monday, February 20, the Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations from individuals interested in participating as or recommending panelists for the Cultural Development Fund application review process. Panelists should have knowledge of the agency and the constituency it serves, demonstrate expertise in one or more cultural disciplines, and (for borough-specific panels) be familiar with the cultural community of a specific borough.
Posted February 3, 2017

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NYC Theater Subdisctrict Council (TSC) Announces Over$2M to Increase Diversity and Opportunities in Theater Workforce
11 grants to theaters in Manhattan’s Theater Subdistrict and around the city will support a broad range of paid fellowship, mentorship, professional training, and career development programs for behind-the-scenes roles. The programs will connect Broadway and the theater community to new talent while increasing access for individuals historically underrepresented in the professional theater community.
Posted January 13, 2017

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Open Call: Percent for Art for Woodhaven Select Bus Service
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program invites artists and/or designers to submit entries for consideration for the Woodhaven Select Bus Service street improvement project. Up to two artist will be selected for the permanent public art commission.
Posted January 13, 2017

Learn more about this opportunity.

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce IDNYC will Remain Free in Third Year and Include 11 New Cultural Benefit Partners.
IDNYC will remain free in 2017 and is now processing full enrollments under a new policy that does not involve the retention of cardholders’ personal background documents. Cardholders will have access to free memberships at 40 of the city’s premiere cultural organizations, including 11 new benefit partners.
Posted January 13, 2017

Learn more about new IDNYC benefits.

Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce $10 million in Additional Funding for Cultural Affairs
The increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget will support cultural programming at more than 900 organizations across the City.
Posted June 20, 2016
Learn more about the budget agreement.
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!

Announcing the CUNY Cultural Corps
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, CUNY (The City University of New York), and The Rockefeller Foundation launched a new initiative to create the CUNY Cultural Corp, a one-year paid internship program for CUNY undergraduate students. This year, 85 students join the CUNY Cultural Corps at 32 organizations in the Cultural Institutions Group, including museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and performing arts centers.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York City’s Cultural Sector
The Department of Cultural Affairs is committed to working with the cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves every New Yorker.
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Announcing the Launch of the Public Engagement Process for CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
In October 2016, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs launched the public engagement process for CreateNYC, the City’s first‐ever comprehensive cultural plan. When it’s released in 2017, CreateNYC will provide a roadmap for building a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable cultural sector for all New Yorkers.
Visit to learn more and participate.
Download the press release.

Department Of Cultural Affairs, Norwegian Consulate General, and NYC Parks Celebrate Completion of Lina Viste Grønli’s Peace Clock
Situated across from the United Nations building, the Peace Clock is an abstract kinetic sculpture and a fully functional clock that moves and forms the peace sign twice a day.
Learn more about the Peace Clock.

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