For CreateNYC, we embarked on a remarkable journey. Our planning process has consisted of developing ideas through an intensive listening process. By its nature, we were seeking to identify and solve problems. But along the way we also heard a lot about the incredible vitality, depth, and breadth of the cultural sector.
– Tom Finkelpearl, Cultural Affairs Commissioner

CreateNYC is the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for the City of New York. It is a roadmap to a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cultural ecosystem. The objectives and strategies for supporting arts and culture establish roles for stakeholders at all levels—from residents to arts and cultural organizations to private funders and City agencies.

CreateNYC is an opportunity to build on the progress of the past using the power of culture to bring people together and to think critically about the most pressing issues facing society today. It is a living document that is designed to respond to a continually evolving city.

Public input provides a strong foundation for CreateNYC. Over the course of six months, more than 188,000 New Yorkers participated in the development of the plan in person and online.



A number of common themes emerged over the past eight months, and through it all, we heard loud and clear: New Yorkers value arts and culture—and they want more of it.

Arts and culture are for all. New Yorkers want to see barriers removed and access increased in order to create, present, and enjoy arts and culture regardless of income, race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity, and disability identity.

Quality arts education for every student. Parents, educators, and students themselves want access to arts, culture, and science curricula and programming taught by educators and artists —both in and out of school—that reflects the practices, histories, and cultures of all New Yorkers.

The staff and leadership of the city’s arts and cultural sector should more fully reflect the diversity of our city’s population. New Yorkers want to ensure that their communities are reflected at all levels of the city’s cultural organizations—now and into the future.

New Yorkers want equitable distribution of arts and culture across the boroughs. Arts and culture have positive effects on individuals, neighborhoods, and regions, but these impacts are not evenly distributed. Residents want to see greater support for culture and artists in New York’s under-resourced neighborhoods and historically underrepresented communities.

Neighborhood culture matters. Residents want to protect and support local organizations that serve local audiences, local or locally relevant artists, and programming that speaks to local histories and identities.

Spread the word. Residents want better, more streamlined ways to access information about cultural programming available across the city.