A Cultural Plan: Think-Tank Dinner

What is your radical idea for NYC’S cultural plan?

We are hosting think-tank dinners and other events to gather artists and cultural worker input for a a cultural plan. Whether you are an individual or part of a collective, we invite you to JOIN US.

nyc cultural plan open call:

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nyc cultural plan info:

nyc cultural plan draft:

  • Equity
  • Coming soon:
    Social & Economic Impact
    City Wide Coordination
    Arts, Culture, and Science Education
    Health of the Cultural Sector
    Arts & Culture in Public Space
    Neighborhood Character
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NYC Cultural Plan 2017

On July 24, 2014, NYC Council Member Stephen T. Levin introduced a bill (Int. No.419.) that would amend the NYC Charter to include a comprehensive cultural plan for the city of New York. Although the general duties of the Department of Cultural Affairs are already outlined in Chapter 67, this bill would required a more detailed plan to be established and reviewed every two-years. On May 18th, 2015, the bill was signed into law and a draft of the plan is now due early 2017, with the final plan to be approved on July 1, 2017.


A Citizens Advisory Committee along with a community facilitator/plan developer (Hester Street Collaborative) have been selected by the DCA to gather community input and develop the plan. On closer inspection, a majority of plan is being developed based on the community's needs as consumers. However, in order to build a more robust cultural plan we must recognize that communities are also the producers and cultivators of arts & culture. Equally as important, communities are where cultural workers are situated—therefor the plan needs to consider ways to A) cultivate and protect community-based arts & culture; as well as consider ways to B) support and improve the livelihood of artists and cultural workers within these communities.

The danger of not considering artists and cultural workers at this point in time would neglect and important part of New York City's cultural ecology.


Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think Tank
March 24, 2017 - NYC - Strength in Numbers with Artists of Color Bloc and Michelada Think Tank
October 27, 2016 - Brooklyn - Sunview Luncheonette (meet-up)
July 24, 2016 - Brooklyn - Brooklyn Museum (workshop)
Dec. 10, 2015 - Brooklyn - Sunview Luncheonette (meet-up)

Artists & CuLtural WORKers GROUP DEMANDS

artists of color bloc, Culturally Activated Museum Professionals (C-CAMP), and Art Handlers Alliance (AHA) have been working independently on a series of demands for the plan. Soon to be posted here, please check back or sign up to our mailing list for more info.


Winter meet-up: Artists' & Cultural Workers' Meet-up (TBA)
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**A COMMON PROJECT is an autonomous organizer, it does not recieve funding or grants from city, non-profits, and/or private organizations or individuals.