Even as CreateNYC looks to the future, the Department of Cultural Affairs has been seeking concrete ways to put the lessons of the plan into practice immediately. If we work together, the spectrum of new ideas that emerged from this process can make lasting change in New York’s cultural community.
Increase support for the cultural life of low-income communities and underrepresented groups.
DCLA is committing to increased funding for cultural programming in low-income communities and for underrepresented groups. This will be implemented directly in grants from DCLA and through increased support to re-grant partners.
Continue to invest in the Cultural Institutions Group increasing support for those in low-income communities.
In response to the findings of CreateNYC, DCLA will increase support for under-funded members of the CIG, helping to grow their role as anchors for communities citywide.
Support increased language access for communications and cultural programming to reach a broader, more inclusive audience.
Following recommendations in Equity and Inclusion, DCLA will establish a fund to support translation services—including for print and online communications and live programming translation—at cultural organizations across the city.
Increase support to individual artists.
Following the strategies in the Health of the Cultural Sector, DCLA will increase support for individual artists through its re-grant partners.
Expand cultural access for people with disabilities and for disability arts.
Following the findings of the Equity and Inclusion chapter, DCLA is increasing its considerations of disability and disability artistry through its grant programs, and will create a new fund to support people with disabilities as cultural workers, artists, and audiences. In addition, DCLA will set a goal in its capital spending to create spaces that are accessible.
Expand diversity and inclusion in the cultural workforce.
Following recommendations in the Equity and Inclusion and Social and Economic Impact chapters of CreateNYC, DCLA will continue support for CUNY Cultural Corps, placing students in paid internships at cultural organizations.
To help junior level staff grow into the next generation of cultural leadership, DCLA will pilot a professional development program for cultural workers, accelerating advancement and cultivating leadership.
These efforts will focus on promoting greater inclusion of people with disabilities and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Work with cultural organizations to achieve the City’s sustainability goals.
DCLA is creating a new position specifically to work with cultural organizations to help them to reduce carbon emissions. This energy specialist will work with cultural organizations and DCLA’s Capital Projects Unit to expand the use of available resources to reduce energy consumption.
Coordinate and promote engagement between the City and New York City’s cultural community.
Across New York, cultural groups are already collaborating with City agencies in a number of dynamic and fruitful ways. The City will further this vital work with a new fund that will enable agencies to pilot or scale up programs that engage underserved or underrepresented populations through cultural programming.