The Department of Cultural Affairs manages a portfolio of $50 million in fiscal year 2013/14.
The Department currently employs a full-time staff of 37.
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality
arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million
annual overnight and day visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact
of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through:
grantmaking, marketing, public art, community arts programming, arts education,
and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in
neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.
DCA’s s projected operating budget and managed portfolio totals $50 million in
fiscal year 2013/14. It consists of: $13.4 million in City related and indirect cost
allocations; $10.5 million in Transient Occupancy Tax funds; $9 million in one-time
City funding; $9 million in funds from the Public Works Improvements Arts Program
(PWIAP); $7.5 million from the Private Arts Development Fee Program (ADF);
and $.5 million raised to date in private and public funds from foundation, corporate,
government, and individual donors.
DCA significantly supports artists and cultural projects through its Public Art Division
by administering a portfolio totaling $16.5 million in PWIAP and ADF funds in FY13/14.
Of this amount, typically 15% to 20%, or between $2.5 and $3.3 million, is attributable
to artists’ fees.
DCA’s Executive Director and Marketing and Development Division have raised
over $22 million since FY07/08 to re-grant to LA-based artists and arts and
cultural organizations for re-granting initiatives, and to support DCA’s special
programming and facilities. DCA also grants approximately $2.3 million annually
to 268 artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through its long-established
Grants Administration Division. Additional special project support of more than
$1.5 million is also awarded annually for a total of approximately $3.8 million invested
each year in LA’s creative community.
DCA provides arts and cultural programming through its Community Arts Division,
managing numerous neighborhood arts and cultural centers, theaters, historic sites,
and educational initiatives. DCA’s Marketing and Development Division also markets
the City's arts and cultural events through development and collaboration with
strategic partners, design and production of creative catalogs, publications, and
promotional materials, and management of the culturela.org website visited by over 3 million people annually.
Department History and Division Overview:
Originally formed in 1925 as the Municipal Arts Department to provide cultural services in neighborhoods, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs was reorganized by an act of the City Council in July 1980. Since then, the Department has grown and changed in response to evolving opportunities, and it now manages extensive programs in four areas:
1. Grants Administration Division
Providing grant support to LA’s rich and diverse arts and cultural organizations
and individual artists is the core service provided by the Department of Cultural
Affairs. The Grants Administration Division awards approximately $2.3 million
annually to nurture and support community service providers and community
artists in Los Angeles. Additional special project support of more than $1.5 million
is also awarded annually for a total of approximately $3.8 million invested each
year in LA’s creative community. Awards are given to large, mid-size, small, and
emerging organizations. Grants are available in a variety of disciplines and
categories including dance, music, media, and visual arts, as well as literature,
educational programs, residencies, and professional fellowships. The goal of
the Grants Administration Division is to provide a diverse portfolio of high-quality
free or low-cost services for residents and visitors of all ages throughout the City.
Support ranges from $1,000 to $75,000 per project, based on published criteria.
DCA selects grantees through a competitive peer review process.
2. Public Art Division
DCA also significantly supports artists and cultural projects through four distinct types
of arts programs within its Public Art Division, each committed to the creation and/or
maintenance of art within the public realm: the Public Works Improvements Arts
Program (PWIAP, more commonly known as Percent-for-Public-Art or Public %
for Art), the Private Arts Development Fee Program (ADF), the Murals Program,
and the City’s Art Collection.
As part of the Division’s PWIAP and ADF Programs, DCA implements an
independent peer panel and public review process to commission public artists
and to approve the creation and/or presentation of site-specific public art projects
throughout the City of LA. Through these programs, Division staff oversees a
substantial portion of DCA’s programming budget; in FY12/13, through these
two programs alone, DCA staff managed a portfolio totaling approximately
Music LA is DCA’s citywide music education initiative for young people that
is administered within the Public Art Division. Music LA coordinates a network
of professional music education service providers to offer hands-on instrumental
and vocal music classes for students in underserved areas of Los Angeles who
might not otherwise have the opportunity to study music. The Music LA Summer
Sessions give children and teens an intensive 6 to 8 weeks of hands-on instrumental
and/or vocal instruction of any genre. The 10-week Music LA Heritage Month Sessions
are offered in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations for
the Latino, American Indian, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander
American heritage months.
3. Community Arts Division
DCA’s Community Arts Division offers high-quality instruction in the arts; produces
solo and group art exhibitions; creates outreach programs for underserved populations;
develops special initiatives for young people; and promotes numerous events during the
year that celebrate the cultural diversity of the community. The Division also engages in
historic conservation efforts and conducts educational tours at its historical sites. DCA’s
galleries present high-quality arts exhibitions reflective of the diversity of Los Angeles.
The Division includes both DCA Managed Facilities and Public/Private Partnership Arts
Facilities. DCA Managed Facilities are programmed and staffed by DCA full and
part-time employees. Public/Private Partnership Arts Facilities are programmed
and staffed by nonprofit service providers through lease agreements with the
City and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with DCA for program operations.
In FY13/14, DCA manages and programs 19 Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers,
Theaters, Historic Sites, and Galleries; oversees 12 Public/Private Partnership Arts
Facilities; and manages 5 Prop K and other facilities in development.
4. Marketing and Development Division
DCA’s Marketing and Development Division works with local, state, national, and
international arts organizations to promote cultural awareness and increase arts education
in our communities. The Division raises funds from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individual donors to support arts and cultural programming, and has raised
over $21 million with DCA’s Executive Director since FY07/08. The Division partners with
the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, community leaders, museum directors, artists, and
arts and cultural organizations to promote local economic development.
The Marketing and Development Division also markets the City’s cultural events by
creating thousands of publications, direct mail pieces, and promotional materials;
maintaining the website; and producing calendars and cultural guides
for the City’s Latino, American Indian, African American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender (LGBT), and Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
Celebrations. The Division publishes an annual Festival Guide that features over 300
festivals throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring cities, and exhibition catalogs
and materials - in addition to producing and promoting several City-wide festivals and
DCA’s administrative team encompasses personnel, payroll, and accounting.
The team is responsible for processing approximately 500 contracts annually,
positioning DCA as the second ranking City agency, below Public Works, in
terms of the number of City contracts awarded and administered.