In June 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring the City to produce its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan: CreateNYC. CreateNYC will become a roadmap to guide the future of arts and culture in NYC.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) are working together with artists, cultural organizations, New York City agencies, arts and culture experts, and community residents to collect data and public input to inform the cultural plan. To develop a comprehensive cultural plan, HSC will analyze the City’s current cultural priorities, assess how service to different neighborhoods can be improved, study the condition of arts organizations and artists, and plan how the city can remain a place where artists live and work in a time of high rents and other economic pressures.

Starting in fall 2016, the team will create a variety of opportunities to for public input to develop a clear picture of the experiences, values, and cultural priorities of New Yorkers from all walks of life. Together with a broad range of research, data, and mapping, your feedback will be incorporated into recommendations for sustaining and supporting art and culture throughout the city. The main goals will be to maintain New York’s role as an international beacon for the creative community and to expand opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with the city’s unparalleled cultural assets.

In the spring of 2017, we will release a draft plan for public review and comment. The CreateNYC cultural plan will then be released in summer 2017, providing a living blueprint for supporting art and culture across all five boroughs, and integrating voices from the full breadth of communities that together make our city great.