Cultural Affairs (DCLA)


The largest public funder of culture in the country, providing support for nonprofit organizations representing the visual, literary and performing arts disciplines, as well as zoos, botanical gardens, historical and science museums. The Department oversees operating funds for 33 City-owned cultural institutions, a capital program for cultural facilities, and program grants for roughly 800 cultural organizations in all five boroughs. The Department also commissions public artworks through the Percent for Art program, provides resources to more than 3,000 non-profit organizations and public schools annually through the Materials for the Arts program, and administers federal grants for cultural groups serving low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The Department is an advocate for the City's nonprofit cultural community, providing technical assistance to individual organizations, developing promotional initiatives to boost participation in the city's cultural life and articulating the profound impact of culture on New York City's quality of life and economic wellbeing.



  31 Chambers St., 2nd Floor New York, NY 10007    Map this

Contact Numbers

(212) 298-8700
Fax:  (212) 341-8787


Laurie Cumbo , Commissioner. $227,786.
Appointed Mar 20, 2022
(212) 298-8768
Deputy Commissioner - Alton Murray
(212) 298-8725
Chief of Staff - Michael Krevet
(212) 298-8720
Assistant Commissioner, Capital Projects - Andrew Burmeister
(212) 298-8724
Assistant Commissioner, Cultural Institutions - Terri Richardson
(212) 298-8742
Assistant Commissioner, Program Services - Helene Blieberg
(212) 298-8751
General Counsel - Lance Polivy
(212) 298-8727
Agency Chief Contracting Officer - Sei Young Kim
(212) 298-8705
Director, Finance - Phillippa Shao
(212) 298-8709
Director, Information Technology - Daniel Contafio
(212) 298-8756
Director, External Affairs - Ryan Max
(212) 298-8721
Executive Director, Materials for the Arts - Tara Sansone
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101.
(718) 729-2029
Sr. Director, Human Resources & Administration/EEO Officer - Cynthia Ingram
(212) 298-8767