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The NYC Civic Engagement Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and Public Artist in Residence Yazmany Arboleda Roll Out "The People's Festival"

NEW YORK - On Friday August 20, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission (CEC), Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) Yazmany Arboleda officially kick off The People’s Festival. This five borough series of outdoor events in neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic will celebrate New Yorkers’ resilience with live performances, interactive workshops, and community information and resources. The festival is anchored by The People’s Bus, a retired city bus formerly used to transport people detained on Rikers Island, that has been transformed with input from New Yorkers into a community center on wheels to engage people in NYC’s civic life through beauty and joy. Read the press release to learn about the dates and locations and participating partners.
Read People's Festival Press Release

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, and Public Artist in Residence Yazmany Arboleda Roll Out "The People's Bus"

NYC’s Civic Engagement Commission - with its first Public Artist in Residence Yazmany Arboleda - is taking democracy to the streets by transforming a retired City bus into a community center on wheels to engage people in NYC’s civic life through beauty and joy. This summer, The People’s Bus will bring education, arts, and participatory activities into NYC neighborhoods across the five boroughs, beginning with a voter education campaign this weekend.

A new PSA explains how The People’s Bus supports the Civic Engagement Commission’s mission. (The PSA, photographs, and other creative assets can be found here). All New Yorkers are invited to get involved at: www.participate.nyc.gov.
Read the People's Bus press release

RFI for Neighborhood Coordinators

The Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) is seeking requests for information (RFI) from community-based organizations or M/WBE certified owned businesses with a commitment to reducing equity gaps for communities of color, helping strengthen neighborhood coalitions, and promoting stronger recovery from COVID-19 by serving as TRIE Neighborhood Coordinators (TNCs). A RFI is accepted on a rolling basis. Please note: this CBO Invitation letter has been updated as of March 17, 2021 to highlight the coalition’s responsibility to share information and connect local residents to City services including mental and behavior health resources in support of COVID-19 recovery.  The invitation letter has been updated on June 21, 2021, to highlight additional funds of $40,000 per neighborhood that will be made available to each coalition for a participatory budgeting process to determine program delivery.

Download the CBO Invitation Letter

Interview with CBS New York on "How to Make The Changes You Want In Your Community"

Tuesday, December 22nd 2020
CEC Chair Dr. Sarah Sayeed and the Coro PB Youth Fellows discuss how to stay civically engaged with CBS New York.

Youth Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project: “It’s Our Money”

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission, in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center’s PB Youth Fellowship, today launched “It’s our Money,” a participatory budgeting project aiming to engage and empower NYC Youth in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and guide them to decide how to spend $100,000 on projects designed to meet their communities’ needs and interests. 
Read the PB Youth Project press release