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Call for Artists: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs & Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Artist-In-Residence Opportunity
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) are partnering in an effort to provide enhanced resources and support for the City’s population of military veterans. Specifically, the agencies are seeking an artist-in-residence at the Harlem Vet Center to use his/her art practice to reach more women veterans and bring them closer to the services and resources available at the Center.
Posted August 11, 2015
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Tania Bruguera to Serve as First Artist-in-Residence for Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
DCLA Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal announced that Tania Bruguera will serve as artist-in-residence for the IDNYC program, helping to engage immigrant-rich communities across the city with her creative practice. This marks the beginning of a new DCLA program that will place artists-in-residence at City agencies to enhance services and engagement with constituents.
Posted July 14, 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
Learn more about DCLA’s FY2016 adopted budget.

Interested in City cultural funding? Find out more!
If you are unfamiliar with the process for applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural nonprofits, please join the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the borough-specific arts councils at one of two info sessions: Tuesday, July 28 at 10am (Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), and Tuesday, August 4 at 12pm (Brooklyn and Queens).
Posted June 30, 2015
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DCLA Diversity Initiative Receives Support from Major Foundations
The Ford Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund have provided a total of $150,000 for the City’s initiative to promote diversity in New York’s cultural community.
Posted June 16, 2015
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Federal Turnaround Arts Program Announced for Four Brooklyn Schools
Turnaround infuses struggling schools with arts programming and partners them with a well-known Turnaround Artist, supporting the City’s goal of providing quality arts education for all students.
Posted June 9, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Develop a Comprehensive Cultural Plan
The plan, due in 2017, gives DCLA the opportunity to unify its programs and new initiatives promoting equity and access to culture.
Posted May 19, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
This comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city recognizes the critical role culture plays in improving New Yorkers’ quality of life.
Posted April 22, 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!

Dances for a Variable Population presents Washington Square Dances 2015
Join Dances For A Variable Population in Washington Square Park for the annual dance event. Featuring DVP’s multigenerational company, the Red Silk dancers and seniors from our free programs in Washington Square Park with choreography by Artistic Director Naomi Goldberg Haas, Margaret Yuen, Sandra Genter and Bruce Heath.
September 19-20, 2015
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Wild Project presents Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts
Between the Seas Festival returns for its 5th season with a rich program of dance and theater from Lebanon, Catalonia, Greece, Turkey, Italy and the US. Kid friendly shows, contemporary dance, flamenco, modern drama, discussions and stage readings bring a Mediterranean breeze to the heart of New York.
September 8-13, 2015
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Haitian Cultural Exchange presents Mizik Ayiti featuring Earthman Experience and Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience
Join Brooklyn’s Haitian Cultural Exchange for the final Mizik Ayiti! for the year at DROM NYC featuring electrifying performances by Earthman Experience and Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience. Opening the night is Haitian-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Richard “Earthman” Laurent, who leads this world music and funk ensemble inspired by Fela Kuti. The second act, Paul Beaubrun and his band Zing Experience will take the night away with their exhilarating Haitian roots, rock and reggae sound.
Admission: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
September 2, 2015. 
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The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 presents Cosmo COSMO by Andres Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
Winner of the 16th annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York, COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City is a moveable artifact, made out of customized irrigation components, to make visible and enjoyable the so-far hidden urbanism of pipes we live by. Every Saturday through September 5, PS1’s Warm Up outdoor music series takes place under this award-winning structure.
On view through September 7, 2015
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