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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 4Increased funding to 619 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, as well as those located in areas most affected by COVID-19.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $3M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 5Increased funding to all 1,033 recipients of DCLA's CDF grants, with larger, proportional increases for small organizations.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $4M
Action 6Allocated more than $2 million to CIG members with organizational budgets under $20 million and to the Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact, 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: 2021 | $2.07M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy BIncrease funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communitiesActions
Action 1Launched New York City Artist Corps, a $25 million program that provided local artists with relief funds in exchange for cultural programming that engaged New Yorkers and supported the City's COVID-19 recovery across the first boroughs.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $25M
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy CExplore changes to the Department of Cultural Affairs' grant programs to offer more flexible and multi-year supportActions
Action 1Made multi-year awards available to all CDF recipients, providing longer term stability and allowing organizations the ability to plan ahead for funding. Historically, the multi-year grants have only been available to groups with budgets over $250,000 a year.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 2Worked with CDF grantees on adjustments to the scope of their proposed programs to allow FY21 City funds to be used for programming, including virtual engagements to accommodate current public health circumstances.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 3Reduced the matching requirement so that CDF recipients can use City funds to cover up to 75% of a program's cost, and streamlined additional application requirements.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy DImprove cultural access for historically marginalized groups of artists, audiences, and cultural workersActions
Action 6Provided $750,000 to support programming at 25 arts education organizations and to support the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund from New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, which awarded 340 unrestricted grants of $1,000 each. DCLA’s COVID-19 impact survey found that greatest loss of artistic employment comes from arts education organizations.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $750K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 7Administered $660,000 through City Council's SU-CASA initiative, which supported virtual arts engagement programming for older adults across the City.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $660K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 8Administered $3.55 million through City Council's Coalition of Theaters of Color, which supported 50 organizations run by and serving people of color to improve access to culture for historically marginalized communities.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $3.549999M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 9Administered $5.6 million through City Council's Cultural Immigrant Initiative, which supported 175 cultural organizations with programs serving immigrant communities and/or relating to topics of immigration.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $5.6M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 10Awarded additional funding to 33 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: 2021 | $450K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 11Renewed funding to 33 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 (incorporated in their total FY21 CDF grant award amount).
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $704.817K
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy EFund energy expenses at cultural organizations, and provide technical support to organizations to lower their environmental impactActions
Action 2Provided technical assistance to help 21 CIG members secure over $18 million in FY 21 funding for capital improvements from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for 69 energy-saving retrofit projects with a projected annual total carbon reduction of 4,265 metric tons.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: One-time
Strategy FLeverage private resources to advance funding equityActions
Strategy GSupport more opportunities for temporary and permanent art in public spaceActions
Action 3Launched the City's Open Culture program, which permits outdoor cultural exhibitions and performances on designated city streets, providing stages for artists and cultural groups in all five boroughs during the COVID19 pandemic.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: One-time
Action 4Initiated four new Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) projects, in partnership with the newly-established Civic Engagement Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: One-time
Objective 2Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sector
Strategy AEncourage affirmative and inclusive employment and programmatic policies among DCLA granteesActions
Action 1Required all CIG members to submit to DCLA a detailed progress report on the implementation of their board-approved diversity, equity, and inclusion plans on a biennial basis.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 2Presented "Board Leadership in a Shifting Landscape," a series of virtual technical assistance convening and round table discussions designed to engage participants in conversation about a range of salient issues facing cultural nonprofit boards today.
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 with organizations remotely during the  COVID-19 pandemic.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $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
Strategy BInclude arts and culture in the City’s neighborhood and resiliency planningActions
Strategy CLeverage Cultural Affairs' support to open new pathways to other public funding and resourcesActions
Action 5In support of the City's larger pandemic response, arranged special donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as household and arts supplies for city agencies such as DOE's Regional Enrichment Centers, NYC Parks and Recreation, Health + Hospitals, Administration of Children Services, and Department of Homeless Services.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 6While the warehouse was closed to the public due to the pandemic, MFTA continued to provide limited access to MFTA donated materials through newly created services such as "Curbside Pickup" and "Personal Shopper."
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy DUse existing communication channels to promote nonprofit and for profit cultural offeringsActions
Action 1For the first time, offered a virtual walkthrough of MFTA's Artist in Residence exhibition, presenting Tijay Mohammend.
Fiscal Year: 2021
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
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 7Continued a pilot serving children birth to 2 years old and their families at selected NYCEEC, NYCHA, and Head Start sites, leveraging creative arts experiences for parents, family members, and their youngest children.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $10K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 8Funded a reduced fifth year of PreK Create, offering 200 educators and site directors a virtual professional development program to provide arts-rich learning and play experiences for Pre-K and 3K students.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $240K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 9Administered $459,850 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: 2021 | $459.85K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 10Provided over 269 passes through the Culture Pass program, for school administrators to experience diverse offerings from 18 arts and cultural orgnaizations across the City at significantly discounted rates, and bring them back to their school communities for teachers, students, and families.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 11Completed a pilot to support 12 common branch elementary school arts teachers in District 31 (Staten Island) to take supplementary coursework through CUNY to earn a supplemental certification in the arts.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $26K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 12Developed “Considerations for Blended and Remote Learning in the Arts” that provided guidance to school leaders and teachers to safely delivering arts instruction and strategies for effective instructionin remote and blended learning.
Fiscal Year: 2021
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy BExpand access to arts education for Multilingual Learners and students with disabilities, including professional development for educators and teaching artistsActions
Action 4Continued and expanded a professional learning series to support arts teachers in association with the 2017 Compendium for Arts and Students with Disabilities.
Action 5Expanded a pilot for Multilingual Learners and Arts (District 10/Bronx) supporting visual arts and music learning.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $25K
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 6Provided Arts Partnership Grants to 180 schools directly to work with 53 cultural organizations for arts education services to students focused on multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and family engagement. Grants were limited to schools whose grants were cut short due to school closures in March 2020 for COVID-19.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $1.08M
Occurrence: One-time
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 2Administered $12.6 million through City Council's Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) initiative, which supported 150 organizations to provide free cultural after-school programs.
Fiscal Year: 2021 | $12.6M
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


Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)

A 34-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.


An action that occurred in the stated fiscal year.


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


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

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