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POLICY BRIEF: Arts and Culture for a Just and Equitable City

Arts and culture can provide the inspiration, tools, and capacity needed to unify New York City into a more just and equitable city for all. We need to dream big, feel connected, propose bold new ideas, and engage the city in an inclusive transformation. Because cultural change precedes and embodies political change, arts and culture […]

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Join NOCD-NY at the People’s Climate March!

Join our members, El Puente and THE POINT CDC, at the People’s Climate March this Sunday, Sept 21! El Puente offers a packed lineup of events this weekend, including the Southside Connex and ¡WEPA! Festivals. And THE POINT CDC held group workshops last weekend to generate posters for Sunday. If you’re not as artistically inclined […]

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Policy Brief: A Vision of Arts and Culture as Essential and Integral to a More Just and Equitable City

In December 2013, we presented a policy brief to Mayor-Elect de Blasio, new and continuing City Council Members and the Transition Team. We look forward to ongoing conversations.

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Culture at the Table

If you aren’t at the table… – Talking Transition Tent Tuesday, November 19, 5-6pm Canal and Sixth Avenue, NYC – Join NOCD-NY (Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York) to discuss how arts and culture play an integral role in a just and equitable city. We will share recommendations for how the new mayor and city […]

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What would it look like if NYC Invested $50 million in support of its communities?

New York City’s recent capital investment of $50 million dollars in the Culture Shed mega project begs the question – how would a $50 million dollar capital investment in the culture and wellbeing of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods look? This investment in our city’s neighborhood cultural hubs and small arts organizations would provide space […]

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From the Neighborhood Up: A Citywide Forum on Culture and Community

Thanks to the participants and partners of From the Neighborhood Up: A Citywide Forum on Culture and Community for making it such as success. The priorities we generated on May 30 are shaping and refining NOCD-NY’s policy recommendations, which we will share more broadly, including at The Future of Education, Arts and Culture in New York City: A […]

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Public Testimony!

On Friday, May 11, representatives of NOCD-NY testified in a hearing held jointly by the City Council’s Committees on Cultural Affairs and Small Business on the topic “New York City’s Cultural Sector and Derivative Small Businesses.” We are grateful to Co-Chair Council Members Diana Reyna and Jimmy Van Bramerfor holding this important hearing. NOCD members, […]

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City Council Hearing May 11!

Friday, May 11th, the City Council Arts & Small Business Committees will be holding a joint hearing, which will include testimony on Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts.We hope you can join us at 10am in the 16th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway, in Manhattan. It will be important to have as many people as possible there. […]

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Vision and Values

In our utopia, cultural and economic diversity–a primary feature of NOCDs–is recognized as an underlying strength of New York City. Cultural expression is acknowledged as integral to individual, family and community well-being. Community-based assets are recognized for the value they add to neighborhoods and to the economic sustainability, civic participation, and diverse social fabric of […]

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Policy Priorities

NOCD-NY met at the Bronx’s Longwood Gallery, then again at El Puente in South Williamsburg, this fall to sort the group’s policy recommendation priorities.  Manifested through a combination of members’ personal passions and practical strategies, recommendations fell into four general categories: funding and financing regulations and rules validation and promotion the public policymaking process This […]

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