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NYC Cultural PLAN - Dept. of Cultural Affairs, ADVISORs, and Non-profit FACILITATORS

Based on information gathered from Department of Cultural Affairs press release October 16, 2016 and a public posting on NYC Charitable Trust website:

NYC Cultural Plan Adivsors and Facilitators


  • I. NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA website) - to develope and impliment plan
  • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner
    Kristin Sakoda, Deputy Commissioner
    Edwin Torres, Deputy Commissioner
  • II. Citizens' Advisory Committee (17)- to advise the Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Commitee Chair (1) appointed by Comissioner Tom Finkelpearl:
    Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Committee Chair
    Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio appointees (8):
    Tino Gagliardi
    President, The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802
    Executive Officer, American Federation of Musicians
  • Joanna Haigood
    Artistic Director, Zaccho Dance Theatre San Francisco.
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins
    Senior Fellow in Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    President Emerita, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 1999-2015
  • Sandra Jackson-Dumont
    Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Advisor, DCLA’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee
  • Arnold Lehman
    Senior Advisor, Philips Contemporary Art Auction House
    President Emeritus, Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA), 1997–2015
  • Miguel Luciano
    Resident Artist, El Barrio's Artspace PS109
  • Eric G. Pryor
    President, Harlem School of the Arts
  • Tattfoo Tan
    Artist, Staten Island-based
  • Speaker of NYC Council Melissa Mark-Viverito appointees (8):
    Gianna P. Cerbone-Teoli
    Chef and Owner, Manducatis Rustica, an Italian restaurant in Long Island City.
  • Catherine A. Green
    Executive Director and Founder, ARTs East New York Inc.
  • Tia Powell Harris
    Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Adam Huttler
    Founder and Executive Director, Fractured Atlas
  • Kenneth Pietrobono
    Artists, Queens-based
  • Daisy Rodriguez
    Director of Government Affairs of the Department of Institutional Advancement, American Museum Natural History.
  • Rosalba Rolon
    Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Pregones Theater in the South Bronx
  • Ken Tabachnick
    Deputy Dean for Tisch Asia, New York University.
  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. appointee:
    John F. Calvelli,
    Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society

  • NYC Borough President appointees (5):
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appointee:
    Myrah Brown Green
    Founder and Executive Director, MBGreen Arts Curating
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer appointee:
    Verdery Roosevelt
    Senior Vice President of Program and Nonprofit Investments, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
  • Staten Island Borough President James Oddo appointee:
    Amanda Straniere
    Community Campaign Coordinator, Staten Island Museum
  • Queens Borough President Melinda Katz appointee:
    Nayelli Valencia
    Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Borough of Queens President’s Office
  • III. NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission (DCLA advisors) - general advisors to DCLA
  • Susana Torruella Leval, Chair
    Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio
  • Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Vice-Chair
    Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Candice Anderson, Executive Director, Cool Culture
    Steve Buscemi, American actor, director, and writer
    Dr. Valerie Capers, Educator, jazz pianist, and composer, and arranger
    Gabri Christa, Filmmaker, choreographer, and dancer; Artistic Director, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
    Alan Fishman, Chairman, Ladder Capital Finance; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Chairman, Brooklyn Community Foundation
    Agnes Gund, President Emerita, Museum of Modern Art; Chair, MoMA PS1
    Lane Harwell, Executive Director, Dance/NYC
    Jane Steiner Hoffman, Environmentalist and former Commissioner of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
    Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project
    Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
    Simi Linton, Author, filmmaker, and arts consultant
    Arnold Lehman, Ford Foundation Fellow; Trustee, American Federation of Arts; Executive Committee Member, Bard Graduate Center
    Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup; Chairman of the Board, The Studio Museum in Harlem and De La Salle Academy
    Aedin Moloney, Founder and producing artistic director, Fallen Angel Theatre Company
    Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement, Queens Museum
    Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society
    Robert Soros, President and Deputy Chairman, Soros Fund Management LLC 
    Judith Rubin, Board Chair, Playwrights Horizons
    Kellie Terry, Program Officer in Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation
    Fred Wilson, Artist; MacArthur Foundation grant recipient

    NYC Community Trust has awarded $10,000 each to the following organizations to gather community input and data:
  • AMERINDA, to ensure that the Native American arts community is included in the City’s cultural plan;
  • Asian American Arts Alliance, to ensure that the needs of Asian American New Yorkers and Asian American artists are included in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • BRIC, to ensure that the needs of the Downtown Brooklyn arts community are included in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, to produce policy recommendations that advance a cultural, social, and fiscal equity agenda in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • Center for Arts Education, to ensure that arts education is a key component in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • King Manor Museum, to ensure ethnically diverse communities in Southeast Queens are included in the City’s cultural plan ($7,000);
  • Loisaida, to ensure that Latino arts communities in Lower Manhattan are included in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, to assess the cultural sector’s understanding of advocacy and ensure that both academic and professional performing arts are represented in the cultural plan ($10,000);
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, to ensure that individual artists are included in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000);
  • Staten Island Arts, to ensure that Staten Island artists and arts groups are included in the City’s cultural plan ($10,000).