The Action Plan

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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
Strategy BIncrease funding for individual artists, especially those from underrepresented communitiesActions
Strategy CExplore changes to the Department of Cultural Affairs' grant programs to offer more flexible and multi-year supportActions
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 | $640K
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
Action 8Funded eight capital projects at cultural organizations across the City to improve the physical accessibility of their facilities.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $10.1M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 9Launched Culture Pass with the City's 3 library systems, which distributed over 65,000 passes to library patrons, enabling 160,000 New Yorkers to visit 50 cultural institutions and participate in over 100 programs for free.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $106K
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 10Increased support for the Language Access Fund by 85% from the previous year across 72 organizations with non-English cultural programming, including American Sign Language, and for projects serving Multilingual Learners in NYC public schools.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $365K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 11Launched the Disability Forward Fund, which supported 22 cultural programs committed to serving artists, cultural workers, and audiences with disabilities.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $640K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 12Administered $6.4 million through City Council's Cultural Immigrant Initiative, which supported 182 cultural organizations with programs serving immigrant communities and/or relating to topics of immigration.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $6.375M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 13Administered $2 million through City Council's Coalition of Theaters of Color, which supported 44 organizations run by and serving people of color to improve access to culture for historically marginalized communities.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $2M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 14Administered $3.3 million through City Council's SU-CASA initiative, which supported 67 distinct arts residencies for older adults at senior centers across the City.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $3.315M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 15Launched the Language Access Fund, which supported 32 organizations with non-English cultural programming, including American Sign Language, and for projects serving Multilingual Learners in NYC public schools.
Fiscal Year: 2018 | $197.5K
Occurrence: One-time
Action 16Facilitated, in partnership with the Department for the Aging, and the New York Community Trust, Lifetime Arts, The Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College, and LiveON NY, professional development workshops aimed at providing individual artists and organizations tools to deliver creative aging programs to low-income seniors.
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: Multi-year
Action 17Designed, in partnership with Age-Friendly New York and the National Center for Creative Aging, Building Creativity for Arts and Culture, an online resource guide that increases visibility for older adult programs at cultural organizations across the city.
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: One-time
Action 18Administered $5.9 million through City Council's Cultural Immigrant Initiative, which supported 264 cultural organizations with programs serving immigrant communities and/or relating to topics of immigration.
Fiscal Year: 2018 | $5.865M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 19Administered $2 million through City Council's Coalition of Theaters of Color, which supported 44 theater organizations run by and serving people of color to improve access to culture for historically marginalized communities.
Fiscal Year: 2018 | $2M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 20Administered $2.5 million through City Council's SU-CASA initiative, which supported 107 distinct arts residencies for older adults at senior centers across the City.
Fiscal Year: 2018 | $2.55M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 21Set an annual spending goal of $2.2 million to improve physical accessibility at cultural organizations through eligible capital projects starting with the FY 19 budget cycle.
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: Ongoing
Strategy EFund energy expenses at cultural organizations, and provide technical support to organizations to lower their environmental impactActions
Strategy FLeverage private resources to advance funding equityActions
Strategy GSupport more opportunities for temporary and permanent art in public spaceActions
Objective 2Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sector Objective 3Strengthen connections between the cultural sector and government Objective 4Address the affordability crisis for the cultural community Objective 5Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school students

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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