New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Ave., S, 10th Fl.
New York, New York 10010
(212) 459-8800
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Executive Director
Mara Manus, (212) 459-8808,

Deputy Director of Programs
Megan White, (212) 459-8806,

Deputy Director of Operations
Abigail Young, (212) 459-8832,

Director of Public Information (on leave)
Ronni Reich, (212) 459-8859,

Director of Public Information (Interim)
Christina Daigneault, (212) 459-8859,

Robert Baron, (212) 459-8821,
Folk Arts | Music

Arian Blanco, (212) 459-8815,
Individual Artists | Special Arts Services (Interim Program Director)

Karen Helmerson, (212) 459-8824,
Electronic Media & Film | Visual Arts

Kristin Herron, (212) 459-8825,
Architecture + Design | Museum

Christine Leahy, (212) 459-8818,
Facilities | Arts Education

Kathleen Masterson, (212) 459-8826,
Literature | Theatre

Katie Steger, (212) 459-8851,
REDC (Interim Program Director)

Leanne Tintori Wells, (212) 459-8816,
Dance | State & Local Partnerships/Decentralization | Presenting (Interim Program Director)

Arts Program Associates

Kavie Barnes, (212) 459-8858,
Arts Education | Special Arts Services

Orin Chait, (212) 459-8835,
Individual Artists | Regional Economic Development Council

Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, (212) 459-8828,
Museum | Electronic Media & Film

Sunita Iqbal (212) 459-8851,
REDC (Interim Program Staff)

Deborah Lim, (212) 459-8820,
Dance | Theatre

Rita Putnam, (212) 459-8830,
Visual Arts | Music

Agency Operations

Director of Agency Operations/HR Liaison
Brenda Brown, (212) 459-8827,

Agency Operations Staff

Lauren Abbatiello, Team Associate, (212) 459-8857,

Bea Banks, Secretary, (212) 459-8811,

Lenn Ditman, Manager of Information Technology Services, (212) 459-8810,

Omar Estrada, Team Associate, (212) 459-8852,

Marnee Geller, Team Associate, (212) 459-8819,

Tracy Hamilton, Director of Compliance Unit, (212) 459-8822,

Jeannette Lee, Reception, (212) 459-8803,

Edward Leung, Associate Auditor, (212) 459-8813,

Jerry Pecchia, Facilities Manager, (212) 459-8814,

Sandra Rivera, Secretary, (212) 459-8812,

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FOIL Public Notice

As an agency of the State of New York, NYSCA is subject to New York State's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Applicants are advised that, in compliance with this law, all correspondence with and applications made to the Council (with the exception of certain exempted supplemental materials), and resulting contracts and reports, are subject to public inspection.

A request for records within the possession of NYSCA must be in writing. Such written request can be to submitted using the Open FOIL NY online form. A request can also be mailed to the Records Access Officer, New York State Council on the Arts, 300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010 or submitted by e-mail to The business telephone number of the Records Access Officer is (212)459-8800.