The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Hester Street (HST) worked together with artists, cultural organizations, New York City agencies, arts and culture experts, and community residents to create NYC’s first-ever cultural plan. The plan, CreateNYC, incorporates intensive public input and an in-depth evaluation of the city’s cultural assets in a comprehensive cultural plan. CreateNYC is an exciting opportunity to create a long term roadmap for promoting greater equity, access, diversity and vibrancy, and expanding opportunities for ALL New Yorkers to access and participate in the city’s rich cultural life.

To inform the plan, the HST team engaged close to 200,000 New Yorkers in person and online at over 400 public events between September 2016 and April 2017. The final plan was be submitted to the Mayor and City Council for approval in July 2017, and The New York City Council is holding an oversight hearing on the plan on Wednesday, September 20th, 1:00 at City Hall.