The Cultural Plan


The entire CreateNYC process has supported the creation of a plan of action to improve and enhance the cultural life of New York City. While many of the issues are inter-related, the plan is organized into eight Issue Area chapters, which provide background, summary research, and context that frames the objectives. For brevity, enclosed within the following pages are a complete list of all objectives and strategies from the plan.

The Objectives are goals that CreateNYC has identified for enhancing New York’s cultural life, and Strategies are the actions needed to achieve them.

The time horizons are reflections of the speed that they can be initiated under current circumstances, and not a reflection of priority level. The medium- and long- term strategies, for instance, will require large structural changes, considerable resources, and high levels of participation and collaboration across many stakeholders. The longer time horizon does not reflect a lower level
of urgency.

We seek to be thoughtful, deliberate, and inclusive of the stakeholders impacted by whatever we develop for implementation.


The actions associated with each strategy are sorted from the City’s perspective and reflect the role the Department of Cultural Affairs or groups of City agencies will play in their implementation.

Implement: Refers to strategies to be initiated by the City.

Promote: Refers to strategies that will focus on communications/information sharing.

Explore: Refers to strategies that are being discussed with other agencies and stakeholders to determine whether an intervention can be implemented—legally, financially, and operationally—and what that intervention can be.


Each Strategy in CreateNYC has an accompanying time horizon for its implementation:
Immediate: 12 months
Short: Within 2 years
Medium: Within 4 years
Long: Within 10 years



Diversity is broadly defined as inclusive of communities representing categories of identity including, but not limited to:

  • Historically underrepresented communities, including individuals from ALAANA racial and/or ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and other populations listed below
  • LGBTIQ populations
  • People with disabilities
  • All genders, including transgender and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee populations
  • ESL or non-English language speakers
  • All ages, including older adults and youth
  • Low-income New Yorkers

The definition of diverse communities includes those marginalized groups that have historically experienced a lack of access to financial resources and/or social and organizational mobility. We note the significant and vital interconnection, overlap, and intersectionality between these communities.


Improving equity means promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources.


Inclusion refers to the degree to which all people, including people with disabilities, with diverse perspectives and backgrounds are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes of an organization or group and in all elements of an organization, performance, event, or programs. While a truly inclusive group is necessarily diverse, a diverse group may or may not be “inclusive.”


Improving access means reducing economic, social, communication, and physical barriers to inclusive participation. Accessibility describes the degree to which an environment, service, product, or program allows access and eliminates barriers to participation by diverse or underrepresented communities, especially people with disabilities.

Back to Top