Formed in 1925, DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike.

DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through grantmaking, public art, community arts, and strategic marketing and development. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service to all residents and visitors in neighborhoods throughout LA.

Grantmaking

DCA allocates over three hundred grants annually in the support of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists.  read more

Public Art

DCA is committed to the creation and maintenance of art in the public realm and supports artists and cultural projects through four distinct arts programs. read more

Community Arts

DCA provides quality and affordable arts education for all ages through strategically located arts and cultural centers and landmarks throughout the City. read more

Marketing and Development

DCA’s Marketing and Development Division works with local, state, national, and international arts organizations to increase engagement and accessibility throughout LA’s communities. read more

DCA Staff Listing
For a complete listing of our staff click here

Cultural Affairs Commission

The Mayor-appointed Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory board responsible for the review and approval of all architecture and artwork on, or over, City property. The Commission assists the City in achieving great civic design and public art.

Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is experiencing an exciting cultural renaissance. DCA is leading LA’s support for arts and culture. The arts drive our economy and strengthen our identity as a destination to live, work, and visit. By underscoring culture’s essential value, we are reminded that we cannot build a great city without a robust arts ecology.

Mitchell O’Farrell

Los Angeles City Councilmember - Council District 13, and Chair - Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee

This website is an exciting new platform where Angelenos and visitors alike can keep their fingers on the pulse of LA's vibrant and vital creative sector.

Cultural Affairs Commission

Eric Paquette, President
Charmaine Jefferson, Vice President
Jill Ornitz Cohen
Mari Edelman
Josefina Lopez
Sonia Molina
John Wirfs

Letter from DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell

Dear Friends,

We are ushering in a remarkable new digital era for the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). We designed this dynamic portal to be inclusionary and reflective of the important work we perform across Los Angeles. More artists live and work in LA than any other community in the country. DCA invests in the creative capital of our people to fuel tourism, boost our regional economy, and enhance neighborhood vitality.

Under the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Cultural Affairs Commission, DCA is committed to providing access to arts and cultural experiences for all. Our granting supports artists and is fair and equitable. Our public art encourages dialogue and is inspiring and thought provoking. Our marketing promotes culture and is engaging and extensive. DCA’s Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers deliver quality programming and serve as artistic outlets for our students.

Arts and culture are important vehicles for social change. By promoting our city’s artists and cultural organizations, together we build a more prosperous, safe, livable, and sustainable city. I thank DCA’s visionary staff, our private sector partners, the entire city family, and LA’s wonderful constellation of artists for their civic service and creativity.

Sincerely,

Danielle Brazell
General Manager
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Danielle Brazell

General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Creativity is the lifeblood of LA. Our department honors and celebrates our city’s cultural and artistic diversity. We invite you to visit a theater, enjoy a cultural festival, take a music class,
or experience public art.

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