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2015 SPARC Artist Placements Announced
SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide has announced this year’s artist placements. The artist residencies will run through June 2015 in all five boroughs.
Posted February 19, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plans to Build Affordable Housing and Workspace for Artists
The Mayor announced an unprecedented commitment to build 1,500 units of affordable housing and 500 affordable workspaces for artists over the next ten years.
Posted February 11, 2015
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IDNYC Municipal ID Cards Now Available for NYC Residents
IDNYC card holders are eligible for free memberships at 33 of the city’s leading cultural organizations.
Posted February 11, 2015
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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to Examine Diversity at Cultural Organizations
The initiative is designed to foster a better understanding of how cultural groups can sustain the vital role the arts play in an increasingly diverse city.
Posted January 5, 2015
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The Fiscal 2016 Cultural Development Fund Application Period is now closed.
The deadline for Cultural Development Fund applications was February 9, 2015. The Department of Cultural Affairs is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal 2016 program funding.
Posted February 12, 2015
Learn more about the agency’s Programs funding process.

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.
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!

Materials for the Arts presents Lina Puerta's "La muerte de un arbol (The Death of a Tree)"
Opening Reception, December 18, 2014, 6-9pm; On view December 18 - February 19th, M-F, 10am-4pm. Over the past several months, Materials for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Lina Puerta worked inside NYC’s premier reuse facility sorting through thousands of donated materials, carefully picking bits of lace, fabric, broken jewelry, and much more to create this series of sculptures and site-specific installations. Puerta’s ongoing exploration of the process of wearing and urban decay are brought to life by her meticulously detailed workmanship and a rich, baroque treatment of surfaces.
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The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
On view through March 8, 2015. Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. Published by Johnson Publishing Company for over sixty years, both magazines are cultural touchstones for many African Americans and often represent a commonality between people of diverse backgrounds.
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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts presents Vision Quest: A Poetry Reading In partnership with the Poetry Society of America
While most celebrate historical moments and triumphs in black culture, MoCADA looks to the future. In celebration of Black Future Month, join them for an exciting evening of readings by acclaimed poets Patricia Smith, Aracelis Girmay, Camille Rankine, and Kamilah Aisha Moon.  In response to the themes in Vision Quest, each poet will read work that examines Black womanhood in diverse and inspiring ways.  Q&A to follow the readings.
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Rubin Museum of Art presents Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 12-4 PM. Join the Rubin Museum for an afternoon of art, crafts, food, and music to celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year. Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala, contribute to a giant collaborative mandala, construct colorful butter sculptures, and sip Himalayan butter tea. Go on a family gallery tour and enjoy traditional Tibetan music performances throughout the day.
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