Appointed as Cultural Communications Specialist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, American History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Position Description

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) provides funding, technical assistance and promotional support for 33 City-owned cultural institutions as well as more than 1500 not-for-profit cultural organizations and programs throughout the five boroughs. This constituency represents a diverse array of internationally renowned and community-based organizations, including performing arts centers, museums, theaters, wildlife centers, botanical gardens, visual arts and film centers, and arts education. The Cultural Communications Specialist provides research and project management support for special agency initiatives working with the Deputy Commissioner and executive staff. Responsibilities include ongoing research initiatives and messaging around the City’s cultural community, such as research and planning for the development of real estate to support the workspace needs of the artist community; planning and support for professional development convenings for managers and leaders of cultural organizations to highlight best practices and emerging management techniques; researching trends in public and private funding to the arts community, fiscal trends of arts organizations, and various public relations issues that impact the Agency and the field.