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 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
Action 1Convened, in partnership with NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, a roundtable with more than 30 cultural stakeholders to share best practices and building design guidelines to inform the City's development of affordable live/work spaces for artists.
Fiscal Year: 2019
Occurrence: One-time
Action 2Allocated $13.9 million in capital funding for the development of 209 units of affordable artist workspaces across NYC.
Fiscal Year: 2019 | $13.9M
Occurrence: One-time
Action 3Released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), in partnership with NYC Economic Development Corporation, to identify cultural organizations able to develop and operate affordable artist workspaces as part of the Affordable Real Estate for Artists initiative (AREA).
Fiscal Year: 2018
Occurrence: Ongoing
Action 4Launched Studio in the Park, a program of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with ArtBuilt and the Queens Museum, which provided artists with a 150-square-foot mobile studio space in a historically under-resourced NYC public park, to carry out a community-engaged art project over 6 weeks.
Fiscal Year: 2018 | $150K
Occurrence: One-time
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


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.


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