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With Largest-Ever Allotment for Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Grants $43.9 M. to Arts Programs

Department of Cultural Affairs budget announcement.

COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The Cultural Development Fund of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs has granted $43.9 million to 977 organizations across the city’s five boroughs. Grants will also support programs in the CreateNYC cultural plan, which Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced in 2015 as “a roadmap to guide the future of arts and culture in NYC.” In addition to these grants announced today, the DCLA’s $198.4 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year—the largest sum ever allotted to the agency—will provide increased funding to the 33 members of the Cultural Institutions Group, which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, and the Queens Museum, among others.

Some $2.85 million will be given to CDF recipients located in neighborhoods identified by the Social Impact of the Arts Project’s report “Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York City.” And 72 organizations participating in the CreateNYC program will receive $360,000 for provided expanded language access to cultural programming in their communities.

Cultural Affairs commissioner Tom Finkelpearl said in a statement, “Investing in culture brings tremendous benefits to our city at all levels, from a vibrant economy, to healthy neighborhoods, to transformative experiences for individuals. Building on CreateNYC’s emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and equity in all aspects of the arts, we are proud to work alongside our colleagues in City government and in the cultural sector to make these historic investments on behalf of all New Yorkers.”

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen added, “The economic, educational, and cultural importance of New York City’s museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions cannot be overstated. When the arts thrive, New York City thrives—which is why this year we’ve made the largest-ever financial commitment to Cultural Affairs in our NYC history.”

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