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Call for Artists: Residency Position with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs & NYC Administration for Children’s Services
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) are partnering in an effort to provide enhanced resources and support for the City’s population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) in the foster care system. Specifically, the agencies are seeking an artist-in-residence for the SCO Family of Services’ Group Living for LGBTQ Youth program, to use his/her/their art practice to engage LGBTQ youth, create opportunities for them to express themselves creatively and to experience NYC’s cultural offerings, and further engage them with the services and resources available through ACS.
Posted February 5, 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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The Fiscal Year 2017 Cultural Development Fund Application Deadline is February 8, 2016
The Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting grant applications from eligible nonprofit organizations. We will conduct informational seminars in all five boroughs during the application period.
Posted January 5, 2016
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2016 IDNYC Benefits Provide Free Memberships to 40 Cultural Organizations
New Yorkers who receive their cars in 2016 will have access to 40 museums, zoos, performing arts centers, and more across the city. Current 2015 cardholders will continue to have access to over a dozen institutions, including MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, and more.
Posted December 24, 2015
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DCLA Delivers Testimony to City Council on IDNYC Cultural Benefits
DCLA Acting Commissioner Edwin Torres joined Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal to highlight the impact the benefits have had both on residents and on the organizations taking part.
Posted December 24, 2015
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DCLA Request for Proposals: NYC Cultural Plan Consultant
DCLA is seeking a qualified consultant to engage the public to research and write the first ever cultural plan for the City of New York. Consultants are invited to submit a proposal for undertaking the work described in the RFP. Deadline for proposals is January 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
Posted December 7, 2015
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City Announces Expanded Creative Aging Program, SU-CASA
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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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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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
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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!

MoMA PS1 presents Greater New York
MoMA PS1 presents the fourth iteration of its landmark exhibition series, begun as a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000. Bringing together emerging and more established artists, the exhibition occupies MoMA PS1’s entire building with over 400 works by 157 artists, including programs of film and performance. Considering the “greater” aspect of its title in terms of both geography and time, Greater New York begins roughly with the moment when MoMA PS1 was founded in 1976 as an alternative venue that took advantage of disused real estate, reaching back to artists who engaged the margins of the city.
On view through March 7, 2016
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The Joyce Theater presents American Dance Platform
The Joyce Theater is proud to launch its first American Dance Platform, showcasing some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival features companies representing different regions throughout America and pairs emerging companies with those that are more established.
January 12 – 17, 2016; Tickets start at $10
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The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Martin Wong: Human Instamatic
Martin Wong: Human Instamatic will be the first museum retrospective of the work of Chinese-American painter Martin Wong (1946-1999) since his untimely death. Human Instamatic will offer the first in-depth assessment of Wong’s formal contributions as a painter, placing his work in line with such 20th-century painters as Marsden Hartley and Alice Neel, both renowned for their insightful portraits of the communities in which they lived.
On view through February 14, 2016
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St. Ann’s Warehouse presents LABAPALOOZA, a Mini-Festival of New Puppet Theater from The Lab
St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary, is an experimental haven for puppet theater. The Labapalooza! Festival embraces a variety of new puppetry works developed in the Lab over the course of a year. This year’s festival artists explore the life-long friendship of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray.
January 28-31, 2016; Tickets start at $20
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