Project Leader

Department of Cultural Affairs

New York City invests more in arts and culture than any other city in the country.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

  • Supports nearly 1,000 nonprofit cultural organizations every year
  • Provided over $330 million for art and culture in this year alone
  • Commissions permanent public artworks by individual artists through Percent for Art—more than 330 completed to date
  • Diverts 1.5 million pounds of materials from the waste stream each year through Material for the Arts and redirects them to nonprofit cultural organizations and public schools
  • Hosts individual artists in residence at other City agencies through Public Artists in Residence (PAIR)
  • Expands access to arts and culture through special initiatives like IDNYC cultural benefits, Social Impact of the Arts mapping project, and an ongoing workforce and audience diversity initiative

The NYC Department of Education spent $368 million on arts education in public schools in 2014-2015.

Arts programs are offered throughout City government including the NYC Department of Parks, Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, New York Public Libraries, Department for the Aging, Department of Corrections, and many more.