Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco will advise the U.S. Urban Arts Federation
SAN FRANCISCO – February 8, 2016 – Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny as a member of their executive committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). DeCaigny will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.
Americans for the Arts’ USUAF is an alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation’s 60 largest cities. These leaders advocate, network, and meet to discuss the social, educational, and economic impact of the arts in their regions.
As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco DeCaigny leads the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Established by San Francisco’s City Charter in 1932, the SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of all new public infrastructure, stewarding the Cultural Equity and Cultural Center Endowments (totaling over $6 million in annual grant investments) and implementing San Francisco’s ‘2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Additionally, the SFAC manages San Francisco’s street artist licensing program as well as oversees the capital management of four city-owned cultural centers, three public exhibition spaces and San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, which includes over 3,500 objects worth an estimated $90 million.
“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Tom DeCaigny to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud Mr. DeCaigny for his valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”
Potential council members were nominated in mid-September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 12, 2015. DeCaigny will serve a three-year term ending on December 31, 2018.
“I look forward to joining my peers across the country in shaping innovative cultural policies that promote the values of cultural equity, ‘creative place-making’ as well as ‘creative place-keeping’,” says DeCaigny. “As a representative of San Francisco, which is known for its incredibly robust technology industry as well as its high cost of living, I look forward to exchanging ideas with my colleagues on how technology can enhance the arts sector as well as how we can overcome some of the affordability challenges affecting artists as a result of rapid urbanization.”
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.