Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high-quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles' 4 million residents and 25 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and assures access to arts and cultural experiences through grant making, marketing, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.

DCA's operating budget and managed portfolio totaled $36.7 million in fiscal year 2009/10. It consisted of: $9.6 million in Transient Occupancy Tax funds; $12.2 million in funds from the Public Works Improvements Arts Program; $8.6 million from the Private Arts Development Fee Program; $4.9 million in City related and indirect cost allocations; and $1.4 million in private and public funds raised during the year. DCA grants approximately $3 million annually to over 280 artists and nonprofit arts organizations through its long-established Grants Administration Division. DCA provides arts and cultural programming in its numerous neighborhood arts and cultural centers, theaters, and historic sites, and manages several arts and education programs.

The Department also administers the City's Private Arts Development Fee and Public Works Improvements Arts Programs, a portfolio of approximately $20.8 million in fiscal year 2009/10. In addition, DCA raises outside public and private funds, over $10.5 million since fiscal year 2007/08, used to re-grant to LA-based arts and cultural organizations for special grant initiatives and to support DCA's special programming and facilities. DCA markets the City's cultural events through development and collaboration with strategic partners, design and production of creative promotional materials, and management of the website visited by over 2.7 million people annually.

Olga Garay
Executive Director

Senior Staff:

Saul Romo
Assistant General Manager

Will Caperton y Montoya
Director of Marketing and Development

Felicia Filer
Public Art Division Director

Joe Smoke
Grants Administration Division Director

Leslie Thomas
Community Arts Division Director

Ernest Dillihay
Cultural Facilities Division Director

Ray Beccaria
Administrative Division Director