The Action Plan

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Objective 1Increase equitable funding and support for culture, especially in historically underserved communities Objective 2Cultivate inclusive practices in the cultural sector 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
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
Action 2Partnered 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 3Modified 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 4Created 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
Action 5Launched a monthly e-newsletter to share the latest on DCLA’s programs and funding opportunities with a readership of over 4,000 subscribers.
Fiscal Year: 2018
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 Objective 5Provide high quality arts education for all New York City public school students


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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