The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is committed to helping cultural organizations follow New York State’s “New York Forward” reopening plan and guidance as they plan their reopening strategies. Since Phase 2, which began on June 22nd, office workers in the non-profit sector have been permitted to return to their workplaces subject to occupancy and physical distancing requirements. New York State’s mandatory procedures and recommended best practices are outlined in the “Office-Based Work Guidelines for Employers and Employees.” If your organization chooses to permit staff to return to in-person work spaces, your organization is required to fill out the “New York Forward Business Affirmation." Links to the relevant documents are included below. Please note that as of July 20, NYC has entered Phase 4, but not all non profit cultural organizations may resume normal operations. To determine if your organization is eligible to reopen to the public in Phase 4, use the Business Reopening Lookup Tool below.
New York Forward General Information for New York City
NYC Business Reopening Guide
Office-Based Work Guidelines for Employers and Employees
Interim Guidance for Office-Based Work During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
New York Forward Business Affirmation
Phase 4 Guidance
New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
American Repertory Theater Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater
Artnet News: “How Should a Museum Reopen in a Post-COVID World? Here Is Everything You Need to Know to Do It Safely, According to Experts”
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) - “Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Association of Zoos & Aquariums Reopening Webinar Series
Cushman & Wakefield - “Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide For Reopening Your Workplace”
The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
The Global Association for the Attractions Industry Reopening Guidance: Considerations for the Attractions Industry
Museum Association of New York - Re-Opening Museums
National Endowment for the Arts - “The Road Forward”
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NYC Museums Reopening Task Force Guidelines
Performing Arts Center Consortium Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project
Actors' Equity Association COVID-19 Safety Resources for Producers
American Alliance of Museums - COVID-19 Resources & Information for the Museum Field
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) General COVID-19 Page
Citywide Office of Occupational Safety and Health
DC37 COVID-19 Information
IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) - Germicidal Ultraviolet Frequently Asked Questions
International Association of Museum Facility Administrators
International Council of Museums - Museums and end of lockdown: Ensuring the safety of the public and staff
Learning Bridges: The NYC Mayor’s Office of Contract Services is seeking businesses, including non-profit organizations, to help provide child care opportunities on days when children are not in school during the 2020-2021 School Year. View the RFI.
NYC COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Nonprofits
NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Resources
Wedding Event FAQ from the NYC Mayor's Office
Read the FAQ from NYC Mayor’s Office
On July 29, 2020, DCLA co-hosted a webinar on reopening museum spaces with the NYCMRTF, a self-organized group of museums and cultural organizations. Below is recorded video of the webinar and resources shared during and after the event.
Watch the recorded webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr-Qld9Pb8Q
NYC Museums Reopening Task Force Guidelines
Bloomberg Philanthropies – Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities
Culture Track: Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis
On September 16, 2020, the Department of Cultural Affairs co-hosted a webinar with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment on outdoor event permitting with partner City agencies. Below is recorded video of the webinar and resources shared during and after the event.
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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the Department of Cultural Affairs hosted a virtual presentation and discussion on best practices and techniques to increase access and inclusion for audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, including representatives of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Museum of Modern Art, Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium, Dances for a Variable Population, and Queens Theatre. Below is a recorded video of the webinar and resources shared during and after the event.
Watch the recorded webinar:
On Thursday December 17, 2020, the Department of Cultural Affairs hosted a conversation moderated by Judy Levine, Executive Director of Cause Effective, in which NYC cultural leaders shared journeys of learning and adapting, as well as how board members are making a difference for their organization’s audiences, staff, and communities. Panelists included Eyebeam's Roderick Schrock, Executive Director and Joe Versace, Board Chair; and El Puente's Frances Lucerna, President and Mark Colón, Board Chair.
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