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Interested in City cultural funding? Find out more!
New York City Nonprofit Organizations: If you are unfamiliar with the process for applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural activities, please join the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the borough-specific arts councils at one of five info sessions.
Find out more about cultural funding opportunities.

Commissioner Finkelpearl Delivers Testimony on the Social Values of the Arts
The hearing, hosted by the City Council at the Brooklyn Museum, provided an opportunity to highlight the important work being done by the cultural community to make New York a fairer, more vibrant place for all residents.
Posted May 19, 2016

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Materials for the Arts Receives Prestigious Award from the Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Champion Award, presented in a ceremony on May 13, 2016, recognized MFTA’s significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in New York City.
Posted May 19, 2016

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DCLA Hosts Public Discussion of Diversity in Theater
The convening, hosted at the New Victory Theater in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district on May 9, brought together more than 200 members of the theater community for a conversation on how
Posted May 19, 2016

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Theater Subdistrict Council Now Accepting Initial Submissions for New Diversity Grant Program
Deadline for Intent to Apply is May 11, 2016
The Theater Subdistrict Council has announced a new grant program which will award up to $2 million in grants, with preference given to programs designed to increase participation from people currently underrepresented in the professional theater community. Three information sessions for potential applicants will be held from March 24-28.
Posted March 16, 2016
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Diversity and Equity in NYC’s Cultural Workforce: Survey Results
The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a major initiative in January 2015 to promote and cultivate diversity among the leadership, staffs, and audiences of cultural organizations in New York City. To establish a baseline understanding of the staff and board makeup of New York’s cultural organizations through a survey to nearly 1,000 recent DCLA grantees.
Posted January 28, 2016

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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!

Turnaround Arts students perform at The White House Talent Show
On May 25, 2016, students from Turnaround Arts schools from P.S. 165, P.S. 284, East Flatbush Community Research School, and Ebbets Field Middle School performed at The White House Talent Show with First Lady Michelle Obama.
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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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The Bronx Museum of the Arts launches major architectural upgrade.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced plans for a major architectural enhancement and upgrade of its facility to better serve its community and visitors, add new spaces for public programs and exhibitions, and to strengthen its crucial contribution to the civic fabric of the Bronx. Architect Monica Ponce de Leon has been selected to design the first phase of the project.
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SU-CASA places artists and arts organizations in residence at senior centers across NYC.
With 102 residencies in 51 City Council districts, SU-CASA is the largest creative aging program in the country.
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