As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’s vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.
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, performing arts, and strategic marketing, development, design, and digital research. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.
DCA allocates over three hundred grants annually in the support of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. read more
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
DCA provides quality and affordable arts education for all ages through strategically located arts and cultural centers and landmarks throughout the City. read more
DCA’s Performing Arts Program was relaunched in 2016 and is committed to providing resources to enhance the capacity of performing arts to thrive in the public realm. read more
Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research
DCA’s Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research works with local, state, national, and international arts organizations to increase engagement and accessibility throughout LA’s communities. read more
General Administrative and Support
Encompasses personnel, payroll, and accounting, the General Administrative and Support team is responsible for processing over 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.
DCA Staff Listing
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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 by final and conceptual approval in achieving great civic design and public art.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, so art isn't an afterthought for us — it's part of who we are, and it's essential to the health and happiness of our people. Art has extraordinary power to transform perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, especially when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone. We're proud to invest in the artistic genius that thrives in our city, because it gives Angelenos more opportunities to exercise their imaginations and inspire one another.
Cultural Affairs Commission
John Wirfs, President
Elissa Scrafano, Vice President
Jill Ornitz Cohen