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Archive News for 2011


The City of New York Receives “Our Town” Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Space for Art

The Department of Cultural Affairs was awarded a $200,000 grant in support of Space for Art, a partnership with the Department for the Aging that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Space for Art, which previously ran as a successful pilot, was developed as part of Age friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors. Plans for Space for Art will be announced this fall.
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September 11 Anniversary Programs

As the ten-year anniversary of September 11th approaches, cultural institutions across New York City will provide distinct opportunities for commemoration and reflection. Collectively, museums and performing arts organizations have organized a multitude of exhibitions, performances, and memorial programs. Find programs—many free to the public—by visiting



NYC Nonprofit Group Purchasing Initiative In 2011 the Mayor’s Office announced a partnership with Essensa, a group purchasing organization that will be offering membership to nonprofits working with the City. The group purchasing plan is

intended to leverage the buying power of non-profit organizations by providing an incentive to vendors to offer below market rates.
Learn more about group purchasing.



Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Levin Break Ground on a New Home for the Whitney Museum

On Tuesday, May 24, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Levin, and other officials broke ground on a new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The new nine-floor, 200,000-square-foot building, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, will be built on former City-owned property at the southern entrance to the High Line and is scheduled to open in 2015. The new building will be a world-class venue showcasing the Whitney’s collection of modern and contemporary American art, and it will provide state-of-the-art facilities for enhanced education and performing arts programs.
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Art of Money: Personal Finance Resources for Artists | Saturday, May 14, 2011, Noon-5PM

The Departments of Cultural Affairs and Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment, in partnership with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, are pleased to present the third Art of Money: Personal Finance Resources for Artists event. Artists, administrators and independent workers are invited to attend FREE one-on-one financial counseling sessions and workshops about debt reduction and managing credit. The event takes place Saturday, May 14, 2011, from noon to 5 PM at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn (1368 Fulton Street at New York Avenue), and will conclude with a networking reception from 5-7PM.
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Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Levin Open the Expanded Museum of the Moving Image

On Thursday, January 13, 2011, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Levin and officials inaugurated the new Museum of the Moving Image. Located at 35th Avenue in Astoria, the Museum’s redesign by Thomas Leeser nearly doubles the institution’s size to 97,700-square-feet, and increases its capacity to serve visitors from across the five boroughs and around the world. The opening ceremony featured a virtual Mayor Bloomberg in a special digital video presentation, demonstrating the institution’s advanced new technologies and its unique mission of exploring and interpreting visual media.
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Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Levin Open the DiMenna Center for Classical Music

On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Levin and officials cut the ribbon on the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Located at 450 West 37th Street, the new building is the first permanent home for Orchestra of St. Luke’s, one of America’s foremost chamber orchestras. Designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration, the acoustically optimized facility will also provide New York City’s classical music ensembles with essential rehearsal and recording space.
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