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Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy D: Use existing communication channels to promote nonprofit and for profit cultural offerings
ActionCreated a 3D virtual tour of Materials for the Arts allowing users to take a self-guided tour of the MFTA warehouse, classrooms, gallery, and artist studio. 
Occurrence: Ongoing
Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy D: Use existing communication channels to promote nonprofit and for profit cultural offerings
ActionModified Material for the Arts' Third Thursday and gallery programs to offer online artist talks and virtual gallery experiences, as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak. MFTA will continue to make programming accessible online to support those that are unable to physically come to the warehouse. 
Occurrence: Ongoing
Objective 5: Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school studentsStrategy A: Strengthen high quality, diverse, and sequential art, culture, and science education for every child in New York City public schools from pre-K through 12th grade
ActionLaunched the Materials for the Arts Online Education Center to provide teachers and students access to art-infused projects, lesson plans, and online field trips, while learning remotely. The resources were designed for students ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade with content from multiple subject areas.
Objective 5: Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school studentsStrategy D: Coordinate cross-agency efforts to expand free and affordable after-school arts and cultural programs citywide
ActionAdministered $14.7 million through City Council's Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) initiative, which supported 737 free cultural after-school programs.
Budget: $14.74M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 4: Address the affordability crisis for the cultural communityStrategy C: Promote the inclusion of cultural facilities in City-led developments
ActionSelected and provided funding to transform long-vacant historic DeGraw Firehouse into a brand new music education center for the Noel Pointer Foundation, a Brooklyn-based youth music education nonprofit."
Budget: $6.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy D: Use existing communication channels to promote nonprofit and for profit cultural offerings
ActionPartnered with NYC & Company and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment to launch Virtual NYC Curator Collections, an online portal showcasing a diverse array of current virtual programming curated by the City’s leading cultural voices.
Occurrence: Ongoing
Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy C: Leverage Cultural Affairs' support to open new pathways to other public funding and resources
ActionPartnered with American for the Arts and SMU DataArts to survey and analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the City's nonprofit cultural sector. Results from this survey will help inform relief and advocacy efforts for New York City’s diverse cultural sector.
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy A: Create opportunities for dialogue and partnership between the City and cultural organizations to address the needs of diverse communities
ActionRecruited over 50 cultural organizations to offer free membership and discount benefits to New Yorkers of all immigration status via the IDNYC identification card in its fifth year of implementation.
Occurrence: Ongoing
Objective 2: Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sectorStrategy A: Encourage affirmative and inclusive employment and programmatic policies among DCLA grantees
ActionReleased, in partnership with SMU DataArts, a pilot demographic report on the workforce of cultural nonprofits that receive City funding, based on responses from a sample of 65 nonprofit grantee organizations.
Objective 2: Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sectorStrategy A: Encourage affirmative and inclusive employment and programmatic policies among DCLA grantees
ActionApproved and required all Boards of Directors of Cultural Institution Group members to adopt and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion plans with measurable goals.
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy G: Support more opportunities for temporary and permanent art in public space
ActionSupported five temporary art installations on sidewalk sheds and construction fences as part of the City Canvas pilot in collaboration with the Department of Buildings.
Occurrence: Multi-year
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionProvided $1 million through the local arts councils for City Council's SU-CASA initiative, which supported 102 distinct arts residencies for older adults at senior centers across the City.
Budget: $1.02M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy A: Increase the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoods
ActionProvided increased funding to the 18 CIG members with budgets under $12 million to strengthen organizational capacity and programming for underserved audiences.
Budget: $1M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionAdministered $6.8 million through City Council's Cultural Immigrant Initiative, which supported 193 cultural organizations with programs serving immigrant communities and/or relating to topics of immigration.
Budget: $6.792M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionAdministered $3.5 million through City Council's Coalition of Theaters of Color, which supported 49 organizations run by and serving people of color to improve access to culture for historically marginalized communities.
Budget: $3.455M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionRenewed funding to 19 NYC-based nonprofits as part of the CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund in support of programming that deepen engagement in the arts for people with disabilities as artists, cultural workers, and audience members.
Budget: $535K
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionContinued funding Culture Pass with the City's 3 library systems, which distributed passes to library patrons, enabling New Yorkers to visit cultural institutions and participate in programs for free.
Budget: $100K
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy D: Improve cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workers
ActionAwarded funding to 36 NYC-based nonprofits as part of the CreateNYC Language Access Fund in support of programming that increases access to arts and culture for those whose primary language is not English.
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy A: Increase the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoods
ActionAllocated $2.1 million to 21 of the smaller Cultural Institutions Group members and to the CreateNYC Language Access Fund, made possible by a long-term agreement with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to share annual revenue from their new policy to charge mandatory admission to visitors from outside of New York State.
Budget: $2.1M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy A: Increase the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoods
ActionIncreased general operating funding to all members of the CIG, with a 23.9% increase for smaller institutions and an 14.9% increase for larger institutions.
Budget: $10.6M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy C: Explore changes to the Department of Cultural Affairs' grant programs to offer more flexible and multi-year support
ActionHosted virtual CDF application seminar on Zoom to supplement existing in-person seminars to more effectively engage a wider constituency to apply for DCLA's cultural funding.
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy B: Increase funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communities
ActionAllocated another $2 million from the Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's to help 94 film and theater projects led by artists who identify as women or coming from a female perspective reach completion.
Budget: $2M
Occurrence: Multi-year
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy B: Increase funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communities
ActionProvided increased funding to individual artists and small organizations through an ongoing regrant program in partnership with local arts councils.
Budget: $3.9M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 3: Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and governmentStrategy A: Create opportunities for dialogue and partnership between the City and cultural organizations to address the needs of diverse communities
ActionReleased Arts and Cultural Inventories for Bushwick, Far Rockaway, and Morissania through the Building Community Capacity program, where community-based development organizations and cultural nonprofits collaborated to survey arts and culture engagement as reported by neighborhood residents.
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy A: Increase the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoods
ActionIncreased funding to 632 CDF recipients located in, and committed to supporting, low-income neighborhoods, as recommended by the University of Pennsylvania's Social Impact of the Arts project.
Budget: $2.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 1: Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communitiesStrategy E: Fund energy expenses at cultural organizations, and provide technical support to organizations to lower their environmental impact
ActionProvided technical assistance to help Materials for the Arts & 15 CIG members secure over $5.25 million in FY 21 funding from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for 54 energy-saving retrofit projects with a projected annual total carbon reduction of 1,944 metric tons.

Glossary

Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)

A 33-member group of cultural organizations located on City-owned property and receiving significant capital and operating support from the City.

Cultural Development Fund (CDF)

The Department of Cultural Affairs’ annual grant-making process for New York City's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Fiscal Year (FY)

The New York City budget cycle starts on July 1 of a given year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

One-time

An action that occurred in the stated fiscal year.

Multi-year

An action that was initiated in the stated fiscal year and repeats for a finite number of years.

Ongoing

An action that was initiated in the stated fiscal year and occurs annually without a defined end date.

 
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