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October 24, 2018

New York City Allocates $198.4 Million for the Arts

NEW YORK—New York City has designated $198.4 million for culture for the 2019 fiscal year, which amounts to the largest sum ever awarded to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). In addition, Cultural Affairs commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and City Council member and Cultural Affairs committee chair Jimmy Van Bramer announced today that $43.9 million in grants will be distributed to 977 public cultural organizations across all five boroughs. This includes major support for the priorities outlined in the city’s CreateNYC cultural plan, which aim to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cultural sector.

The budget will support ongoing funding programs such as the CUNY Cultural Corps, the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, the CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund, and the CreateNYC Leadership Accelerator. It will also include increased funding for the thirty-three members of the Cultural Institutions Group, with a larger proportional increase for smaller institutions, and a boost in the monies provided to the boroughs’ arts councils. The allocation is four times the amount granted to the arts for the 2015 fiscal year.

“The CreateNYC cultural plan called for greater support for New York City’s cultural community across the board, and this funding delivers in key ways,” said Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, chair of the CreateNYC citizens’ advisory committee. “From artists living and working in all five boroughs who now have access to record levels of funding, to expanded cultural programs in low-income and underserved neighborhoods, the city’s cultural budget represents both long-term stability, and exciting new investments in the cultural life of our city. Congratulations to everyone who made it possible.”

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