The City has announced new, exciting opportunities to strengthen the arts workforce, utilize City properties for creative endeavors and promote arts clusters. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs, has released four RFPs for which your organization may be eligible. More detail is below, and the full RFPs can be found at http://www.nycedc.com/rfp. The press release can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/culture.

Curate New York City – Deadline: November 9

The Curate New York City program is one of two initiatives aimed at showcasing the work of artists in New York City. The program will work with an arts organization to identify visual artists and provide them with gallery space in City properties. Exhibition space includes: St. George Minor League Baseball Stadium on Staten Island, Essex Street Market and NYCEDC in Manhattan, and Fulton Ferry Landing and Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) in Brooklyn.

New York City Performs – Deadline: November 9

NYC Performs focuses on introducing performing artists, including musical and dramatic artists, to wider audiences. In partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, artists will stage performances at City properties across the five boroughs including: St. George Esplanade on Staten Island, Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, West Harlem Piers Park in Manhattan, 161 Street Passive Pier in the Bronx, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. NYCEDC will work with a cultural organization to identify performing artists and stage performances.


Promoting Arts Clusters – Deadline: November 16

NYCEDC has created a program to promote New York City neighborhood arts clusters. The program will encourage local arts organizations to collaborate with local businesses and their Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to spur economic activity via marketing campaigns and tourist incentives. NYCEDC will provide two $25,000 awards to match the arts clusters program. Artist as Entrepreneur – Deadline: November 16 The City’s Artist as Entrepreneur program aims to equip New York’s artists with the business and management skills they need to successfully market their work. The program has two phases. In the first phase, artists attend an intensive 5-day “boot camp’ in which they develop business plans for their work and learn to use financial, marketing, and management tools to further their careers. The training course will be provided by a educational provider. In the second phase, graduates of the training program are eligible to apply in an Artist Studio Program that grants access to affordable studio space and a network of artists at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (“BAT”). The Artist Studio Program is operated by Chashama, Inc.

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