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Creating New York City’s First-Ever Comprehensive Cultural Plan

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On January 25 at the Bronx Zoo, the CreateNYC team will hold its Bronx borough-wide workshop where residents can participate in the process of creating New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan.

From fall 2016 through spring 2017, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Hester Street Collaborative are engaging with residents across all five boroughs through public events, online surveys, open office hours, social media, and more to solicit feedback from for the cultural plan. The CreateNYC borough-wide workshops will provide residents an opportunity to get involved and examine our city’s cultural assets as they relate to the specific places, concerns, opportunities, and issues unique to the communities in each borough.

Workshop activities will include:

  • Access to the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar! Exhibit
  • Remarks by Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Dept. of Cultural Affairs; City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; and Sara Marinello, Executive Director, Government & Community Affairs at Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Ping pong and one-on-one conversations with the Commissioner
  • In-depth discussions around arts and culture issues in Bronx

Who:   DCLA Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl
             City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer
             CreateNYC Project Team
             Bronx Residents and Stakeholders

What:  Bronx Borough Workshop for the CreateNYC Cultural Plan

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bronx Zoo Rainey Gate / Fordham Road Gate Entrance (all other entrances will be closed), Madagascar! Building (Room: Schiff Family Great Hall)


About CreateNYC

In May 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to lead creation of New York City’s first comprehensive cultural plan, CreateNYC. Public input will be the backbone of CreateNYC, providing a long-term blueprint for the efforts and policies of the City and its partners in expanding access to cultural opportunities for all New Yorkers. The plan will also examine a number of issues crucial for maintaining New York City’s cultural vibrancy, including affordable artist workspace; access to arts education; and the role of cultural activities in public space. An initial draft of the plan will be published in spring 2017. More information is available here.


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