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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches "Community Organizing 101: Engagement Tactics for Cultural Organizations"

Building on recommendations from CreateNYC, 30 non-profit cultural organizations will receive training in strategies from the field of community organizing to help strengthen their relationships with city residents, especially those from historically marginalized groups.
May 2, 2019
Read more about the program.


NYC Artists Amanda Williams And Olalekan Jeyifous Selected To Design Monument Honoring Shirley Chisholm

The first to be commissioned as part of She Built NYC, a new monument honoring Shirley Chisholm – the first black woman elected to Congress – will be installed in Prospect Park by the end of 2020.
April 24, 2019
Read more about the design.


NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Four New Public Artists in Residence (PAIRs)

The PAIR program embeds artists within City agencies to address pressing civic and social issues through creative practice. This year, artists will work with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department for the Aging, the Department of Records and Information Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
April 5, 2019
Read more about the artists and their projects.



She Built NYC: City Unveils Five Preliminary Artist Proposals for Shirley Chisholm Monument in Prospect Park

Based on these proposals from Firelei Báez, La Vaughn Belle, Tanda Francis, Mickalene Thomas, and Amanda Williams & Olalekan Jeyifous, a final artist will be selected in early April through the City’s Percent for Art program.
Mar 27, 2019
Learn more about the proposals.



City Announces $2.8 Million in Funding for Over 175 Cultural Organizations from Metropolitan Museum Admissions Revenue Agreement

The de Blasio Administration announced that $2.8 million in additional funding allocated to over 175 cultural organizations in underserved communities in all five boroughs.
Mar 18, 2019
Learn more.



De Blasio Administration Announces Four New Monuments Honoring Female Leaders As A Part Of She Built NYC Initiative

With this announcement, there will be a She Built NYC monument in all five boroughs. Shirley Chisholm will be joined by Billie Holiday, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, and Katherine Walker.
Mar 6, 2019
Find out more about the women being commemorated.



Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact to Support Ten Partnerships between City Agencies and Cultural Organizations

Now in its second year, the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact is an outgrowth of CreateNYC now dedicates over $830,000 in direct and in-kind public funding. Supported partnerships will address pressing civic issues from public safety to immigration to literacy.
January 31, 2019
Learn more about the collaborative projects.



On Its Fourth Birthday, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray Announce IDNYC Adds Third Gender Designation

Among its wide range of benefits, NYC’s municipal identification card also continues to provide free one-year memberships at dozens of cultural partners, now including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
January 15, 2019
Read the press release.
Learn more about the benefits of IDNYC.



City Completes Two New Performance Spaces for MCC Theater

The 26,000-square-foot theater complex, a new permanent home for MCC, also includes two Percent for Art public art commissions.
January 9, 2019
Read more about this major capital project.