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Are you a NYC-based artist or arts worker without health insurance and in need of health care? BCA is proud to be a partner organization with Lincoln Hospital in the launching of the Lincoln Art Exchange, an artist-specific healthcare program at Lincoln Hospital offering a unique option for eligible NYC-based artists who do not have health insurance to exchange their creative services for comprehensive healthcare. more…

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The Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group (NOCD-NY) is a citywide alliance aimed at revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up.DescriptionThe Naturally Occurring Cultural District New York (NOCD-NY) working group is comprised of organization representatives, contributing allies and at-large individuals. Existing and prospective participants:

- demonstrate a connection with artists and/or cultural workers
- build neighborhood-up alliances and forge cross-sector networks
- represent districts that are diverse in geography (five boroughs), ethnicity and/or mode of practice (such as arts, culture, creative manufacturing)
- value diversity as a key component of building cultural assets
- seek equity for the under-represented
- fulfill their commitment to the working group


The New York City Arts Coalition promotes a broad awareness of the arts in the life of the city. It encourages leaders and elected officials to protect the creative freedom of the arts community and to support adequate appropriations for the arts in the city, state and federal budgets.

We believe that public funding for the arts is essential to the growth, diversity, and freedom of our communities. Works of art show us new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. Art reveals who we are and who we might be. Art feeds our souls and our minds.

The availability of public funds increases access for everyone and ensures the creation and exhibition of all forms of art, independent of market trends.

Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

Who we are. The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organizations is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

What we do. a4 helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources online and in person. A4 builds community through programs that lead to peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development.


Our Mission

Staten Island Arts cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by:
• Making the arts accessible to every member of the community.
• Supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement.
• Providing artists, organizations, and arts educators the technical, financial and social resources to encourage cultural production.

The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1966. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. QCA is now part of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens.



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In 2014, LMCC will award approximately $500,000 in grants, provide 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals, place 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs, as well as present over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy. The combination of LMCC’s investment in individual artists and small arts groups, our robust network of partners in the public and private sectors, and our integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC’s communities.

Our Mission: To create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough.MissionBAC brings leadership and energy to every part of Brooklyn’s arts scene, supporting and connecting it all. It doesn’t matter where you fit into the arts—artist, audience member, participant, venue, educator or supporter—we want you to create and experience the arts in every neighborhood of Brooklyn.

We believe in the intrinsic value of the arts and artists, as well as what they can do. Art has a unique ability to bridge cultures, inspiring positive transformation in individual lives and entire communities.

Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists over 300 member theatres in managing their theatre companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to our members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres—which have made our organization an expert in the needs of the New York City nonprofit theatre community.

A.R.T./New York supports non profit theatre companies in New York City by providing four core programs: Funding, Training, Space, and Connections. 










BCA is on the steering committee of the Cultural Equity Group [CEG], an important

city-wide advocacy alliance. Link to us on Facebook and get involved now. Cultural

equity needs your voice.

Check out One Percent for Culture, for ways to support culture in New York City. exists to equip New York City residents to be better citizens and take a bigger role in shaping the future of the five boroughs. Use the Citizen’s Toolkit – an online resource for action and change.   ( this is the link for the toolkit page  ). You can use this or visit their site and select something, or make one if  you like.

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