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) 513-9300
Fax:  (212) 341-3810


Gonzalo Casals , Commissioner. $221,151.
(212) 513-9319
Deputy Commissioner - Vacant
(212) 513-9321
Chief of Staff - Shirley Levy
(212) 513-9320
Assistant Commissioner, Capital Projects - Andrew Burmeister
(212) 513-9333
Assistant Commissioner, Cultural Institutions - Vacant
(212) 513-9339
Assistant Commissioner, Program Services - Kathleen Hughes
(212) 513-9351
General Counsel - Pranita Raghavan
(212) 513-9325
Agency Chief Contracting Officer - Sei Young Kim
(212) 513-9310
Director, Finance - Phillippa Shao
(212) 513-9315
Director, Information Technology - Daniel Contafio
(212) 513-9353
Director, External Affairs - Ryan Max
(212) 513-9323
Director, Building Community Capacity - Perian Carson
(212) 513-9361
Executive Director, Materials for the Arts - Harriet Taub
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101.
(718) 729-2029
Sr. Director, Human Resources & Administration/EEO Officer - Cynthia Ingram
(212) 513-9307