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.

Hester Street
For the last fourteen years, Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) has worked as an advisor to communities throughout New York City to develop transformative plans and projects through inclusive, participatory processes. HSC’s team of planners, architects and community organizers works with residents, community-based organizations, small businesses, city agencies, and elected officials to develop innovative community engagement tools that maximize resident input. That input is paired with research, data and analysis, ensuring meaningful civic engagement, optimal community benefit and implementable results. Most recently, HSC has collaborated with residents in Manhattan for the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, completed in February 2016.

For CreateNYC, HSC has teamed up with local experts:
Natural Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY)

NOCD-NY’s citywide alliance of steering committee members and affiliates reflect our values. Our members

  • demonstrate a connection with artists and/or cultural workers
  • exhibit leadership in neighborhood alliance building
  • nurture equitable, place-based relationships…engaging with multiple kinds of community stakeholders and demonstrating transparency in decision-making processes
  • reflect the geographic and social diversity of the city

James Lima Planning + Development
James Lima Planning + Development

JLP+D is committed to helping public and private sector clients create more vibrant, equitable, and resilient places. We work at all scales, from single development parcels to institutional campuses, downtown and waterfront districts to regional economies. We provide planning, policy, real estate, and economic advisory services for downtown revitalization, real estate value creation, great placemaking, and shaping impactful public policy.

BJH Advisors
BJH Advisors LLC

BJH Advisors, LLC (BJH) is a real estate development and advisory firm, with expertise in planning, project management, finance, tax policy, market analytics, and Federal/State/City incentives. BJH works with both public sector and private clients to analyze and structure real estate development opportunities; undertake financial feasibility, market and zoning analysis; and help determine if policy goals require programmatic action. BJH is a woman and minority-owned enterprise, certified in New York State and by the Port Authority of NY and NJ.


HOUSEOFCAKES is a communications design studio that has collaborated with a wide range of clients in the social justice, social service, public policy, technology, publishing, cultural and arts sectors, as well as with startup and established businesses. We work on a wide range of graphic design projects–from communications strategy and design, branding and identity, to exhibitions, environments, and online.

Citizens’ Advisory Committee

DCLA has established a Citizens’ Advisory Committee that will advise DCLA on the development and implementation of the cultural plan. The Commissioner of Cultural Affairs appoints the Committee Chair. The Mayor’s Office and City Council Speaker’s Office appoints at least three members, each appointing an equal number. Each borough president appoints one member.

During the development of the Cultural Plan, the Committee will meet at least quarterly. Subsequent to the Cultural Plan’s completion, the Committee will get together every two years to make recommendations to the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs in response to DCLA’s update on the implementation of the plan. The Committee will disband after it has reviewed two cycles of DCLA’s updates or after five years, whichever comes first.

The Cultural Plan will also be informed by, reviewed and approved by the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, which advises the work of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Chair – Appointed by the DCLA Commissioner
Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Mayoral Appointees – Appointed by the Mayor
Tino Gagliardi, President of Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802
Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senior Fellow in Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Eric Pryor, President, Harlem School of the Arts; former Director, Center for Arts Education
Sandra Jackson Dumont, Chair, Education Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Miguel Luciano, Artist, Resident Artist at PS 109
Joanna Haigood, Choreographer, Dancing in the Streets
Arnold Lehman, Former Director, Brooklyn Museum
Tattfoo Tan, Artist

Speaker’s Appointees
Catherine A. Green, Executive Director/Founder, ARTs East New York Inc.
Daisy Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, Department of Institutional Advancement, American Museum of Natural History
Adam Huttler, Founder and Executive Director, Fractured Atlas
Rosalba Rolón, Co-founder and Artistic Director, Pregones Theater
Gianna P. Cerbone-Teoli, Executive Chef/Owner, Manducatis Rustica
Tia Powell Harris, President and Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC)
Kenneth Tabachnick, Senior Associate, AEA Consulting
Kenneth Pietrobono, Artist

Borough President Appointees
John Calvelli, EVP, Public Affairs, The Wildlife Conservation Society
Bronx Borough President Appointee

Jennifer Walden, Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism
Queens Borough President Appointee

Myrah Brown Greene, Arts Consultant and Independent Curator
Brooklyn Borough President Appointee

Amanda Straniere, Community Campaign Coordinator, Staten Island Museum
Staten Island Borough President Appointee

Verdery Roosevelt, Senior Vice President, Program & Nonprofit Investments, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Manhattan Borough President Appointee