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Objective 1Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communities
Strategy AIncrease the City's funding for cultural organizations, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoodsActions
Action 1Increased funding to all 987 recipients of DCLA's CDF grants, with larger, proportional increases for small organizations.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $9.4M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Increased 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $2.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 3Increased 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $10.6M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 4Allocated $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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $2.1M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 5Provided increased funding to the 18 CIG members with budgets under $12 million to strengthen organizational capacity and programming for underserved audiences.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $1M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy BIncrease funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communitiesActions
Action 1Provided increased funding to individual artists and small organizations through an ongoing regrant program in partnership with local arts councils.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $3.9M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Allocated 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $2M
Occurrence: Multi-year
Strategy CExplore changes to the Department of Cultural Affairs' grant programs to offer more flexible and multi-year supportActions
Action 1Hosted 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy DImprove cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workersActions
Action 1Awarded 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.
Action 2Funded capital projects at 8 cultural organizations across the City to improve the physical accessibility of their facilities.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $15.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 3Continued 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $100K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 4Renewed 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $535K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 5Administered $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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $3.455M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 6Administered $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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $6.792M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 7Provided $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.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $1.02M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy EFund energy expenses at cultural organizations, and provide technical support to organizations to lower their environmental impactActions
Action 1Provided 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.
Action 2Funded capital projects at 9 cultural organizations across the City to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $15.6M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy FLeverage private resources to advance funding equityActions
Strategy GSupport more opportunities for temporary and permanent art in public spaceActions
Action 1Supported five temporary art installations on sidewalk sheds and construction fences as part of the City Canvas pilot in collaboration with the Department of Buildings.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Multi-year
Action 2Announced new monument in Central Park to honor the Lyons Family who made extraordinary contributions to New York City.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $1M
Occurrence: Multi-year
Action 3Collaborated with DOT Art and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to install Boulevard of African Monarchs, a temporary monument at 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powel Blvd. in Harlem.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: One-time
Action 4Installed "Unity,"  a new permanent, public artwork by Artist Hank Willis Thomas in downtown Brooklyn
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $284K
Occurrence: Completed
Action 5Commissioned Artist Vinnie Bagwell to design a new monument to replace the statue of J. Marion Sims at 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $1M
Occurrence: Multi-year
Objective 2Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sector
Strategy AEncourage affirmative and inclusive employment and programmatic policies among DCLA granteesActions
Action 1Approved and required all Boards of Directors of Cultural Institution Group members to adopt and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion plans with measurable goals.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Released, 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.
Strategy BExpand pathways to and advancement in careers in arts and culture for students from underrepresented communitiesActions
Action 1Placed over 100 undergraduate CUNY students in paid internships at 45 cultural organizations through CUNY Cultural Corps.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $600K
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy CCultivate inclusive employment policies within the Department of Cultural Affairs Actions
Objective 3Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and government
Strategy ACreate opportunities for dialogue and partnership between the City and cultural organizations to address the needs of diverse communitiesActions
Action 1Released 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.
Action 2Recruited 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy BInclude arts and culture in the City’s neighborhood and resiliency planningActions
Action 1Provided recommendations and engaged cultural stakeholders for the Envision SoHo/NoHo report, led by the Department of City Planning, Manhattan Borough President office and City Council to address pressing challenges in these neighborhoods.
Strategy CLeverage Cultural Affairs' support to open new pathways to other public funding and resourcesActions
Action 1Continued the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact, which awarded $500,000 to ten new and expanded partnerships between cultural organizations and municipal agencies designed to use arts and culture to reach underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $500K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Partnered 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy DUse existing communication channels to promote nonprofit and for profit cultural offeringsActions
Action 1Partnered 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 2Modified 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. 
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 3Created 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. 
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy EHelp artists and cultural organizations navigate government rules, regulations, and permitting for working in public spaces
Objective 4Address the affordability crisis for the cultural community
Strategy ASupport living wages for artists and cultural workers
Strategy BPreserve and develop long-term affordable artist workspace and housingActions
Strategy CPromote the inclusion of cultural facilities in City-led developments Actions
Action 1Selected 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."
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $6.5M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy DSupport alternative models for artists and cultural organizations to acquire and operate affordable property and share resources
Strategy EWork toward safe and open environments for artist-run, DIY, and alternative spacesActions
Objective 5Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school students
Strategy AStrengthen high quality, diverse, and sequential art, culture, and science education for every child in New York City public schools from pre-K through 12th gradeActions
Action 1Administered 469,000 through City Council's Art A Catalyst for Change initiative to 14 organizations to provide arts-based programs in public schools with the objective of reducing gun violence in communities.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $469K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Launched 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.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 3Funded a fourth year of PreK Create, offering 200 educators and site directors a professional development program to provide arts-rich learning and play experiences for Pre-K and 3K students.tr
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $613.118K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 4Launched a pilot serving 12 children (0-2 years old) and their families at selected NYCEEC, NYCHA, and Head Start sites that provided creative arts experiences for parents, family members, and their youngest children.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $10K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 5Increased arts education funding for public schools by $14 million from the previous year to $447 million total.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $416M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 6Hired 12 full-time new certified arts teachers, to provide comprehensive arts instruction to NYC public school students.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: One-time
Action 7Launched Accelerated Arts Teacher Certification, a pilot to support 15 common branch elementary school arts teachers in District 31 (Staten Island) to take coursework through CUNY to earn a supplemental certification in the arts.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $60K
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy BExpand access to arts education for Multilingual Learners and students with disabilities, including professional development for educators and teaching artistsActions
Action 1Expanded Multilingual Learners and the Arts, a pilot to support 8 schools in District 10 in the Bronx by deepening visual arts and music learning in conjunction with language acquisition.
Action 2Awarded arts partnership grants to 357 schools to work with 96 unique arts and cultural organizations to offer arts education services to students focused on multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and family engagement.
Strategy CConnect DOE schools to local cultural organizations to bring culturally resonant and culturally responsive STEAM curricula to studentsActions
Strategy DCoordinate cross-agency efforts to expand free and affordable after-school arts and cultural programs citywideActions
Action 1Administered $14.7 million through City Council's Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) initiative, which supported 737 free cultural after-school programs.
Fiscal Year: 2020 | $14.74M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy EBuild in-depth, multi-year partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and the Department of Education to provide training for teachers and administrators and to educate students using experiential and new learning modelsActions
Action 1Redesigned onsite professional development program for educators to be available through online learning and grab-and-go material kits, as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 2Partnered with arts and cultural organizations, through DOE's Office of Arts and Special Projects, to offer culturally relevant professional development to 2,849 certified art teachers, in addition to assigned teachers of the arts that connects dance, moving image, music, theater, and visual arts teachers, Arts Education Liaisons, and students with resources and programs throughout the City.
Fiscal Year: 2020
Occurrence: Ongoing

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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