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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Office of Emergency Management Announce the Launch of CultureAID Disaster Response and Recovery Network
CultureAID (“Culture Active in Disasters”) is a response and recovery network committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community before, during, and after disasters.
Posted September 10, 2014.
Learn more about CultureAID.

Call for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department for the Aging announce the Call for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, a community arts engagement program that will place 50 artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs starting January 2015. Through SPARC, resident artists will develop projects with seniors in exchange for a stipend and access to workspace. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 30 at 5 PM.
Posted September 4, 2014.
Learn more and apply.

NYC Department of Probation and Carnegie Hall Launch Third Round of NeON Arts
The NeON Arts program (Neighborhood Opportunity Network) offers young people in New York City, including those on probation, the chance to explore the arts through projects in a variety of disciplines, such as dance, visual arts, and theater. The application for arts organizations interested in participating is due September 5.
Posted August 14, 2014.

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NYC Works Better with Paid Sick Leave
NYC’s Paid Sick Leave Law applies to most employees, including those who work for nonprofits and small businesses.
Posted August 14, 2014.

Learn more about the Paid Sick Leave Law.

City Launches “Land Rush” Phase for .NYC Domain
All businesses, residents, and organizations – including nonprofits – with a physical address in New York City will have an equal opportunity to reserve a .NYC domain in advance of the official public launch on October 8.
Posted August 14, 2014.

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Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Fariña, and Commissioner Finkelpearl Join Comptroller Stringer and Other Officials to Announce Additional $23 Million for Arts Education
The funding supports 120 new certified arts teachers, improved arts facilities in schools, and new partnerships with cultural institutions for the 2014-2015 school year.
Posted July 3, 2014.

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DCLA’s Budget at a Glance
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have adopted the City’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, including DCLA expense allocations.
Posted July 3, 2014.

Learn more about DCLA’s Executive Budget.
Learn more about the Mayor’s Executive Budget.

DCLA partners with OEM for the Partners in Preparedness Initiative
OEM's Partners in Preparedness program supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies. Partners come from all industries and enjoy a range of benefits.
Posted March 27, 2014.
Learn more about the partnership.
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!

Queens Botanical Garden Presents The New York World’s Fairs and the Port Authority: Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, The Region and the World
Through November 1, the Queens Botanical Garden presents this exhibit exploring  trade, travel, and tourism and the Port Authority's role in the region.
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Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum
Every Sunday, the Rubin Museum Education Center presents an afternoon of family-friendly activities, including art-making and exhibition tours.
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64th Annual Fence Show and Musical Chairs Open Air Music Festival
On Saturday, September 13, Staten Island Museum will host its annual Fence Show at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Open Air Music Festival hosted by Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.
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The Children’s Museum of Manhattan presents Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street
Through December 2014, CMOM presents live music, hands-on art workshops and an immersive environment celebrating the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz in America.
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