New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Ave. S, 10th Fl.
New York, New York 10010
(212) 459-8800
General Information: [email protected]
Application Assistance: [email protected]
Council Member Inquiries: [email protected]

Contact NYSCA Staff


Executive Director
Mara Manus, (212) 459-8804, [email protected]

Deputy Director of Programs
Megan White, (212) 459-8806, [email protected]

Deputy Director of Operations, General Counsel
Abigail Young, (212) 459-8832, [email protected]

Assistant to the Executive Director
Abby Adler, (212) 459-8808, [email protected]

Arts Program Directors

Arian Blanco, (212) 459-8815, [email protected]
Individual Artists | Special Arts Services 

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

Kristin Herron, (212) 459-8825, [email protected]
Architecture + Design | Museum

David Huff, (212) 459-8831, [email protected]
Presenting | Theatre (Interim) | Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

Christine Leahy, (212) 459-8818, [email protected]
Facilities Projects | Arts Education

Katie Steger, (212) 459-8851, [email protected]
Music | Folk Arts (Interim Program Director)

Leanne Tintori, (212) 459-8816, [email protected]
Dance | State & Local Partnerships/Decentralization

Literature Program, [email protected] 

Arts Program Associates

Kavie Barnes, (212) 459-8858, [email protected]
Arts Education | Special Arts Services

Orin Chait, (212) 459-8835, [email protected]
Individual Artists | Theatre

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

Deborah Lim, (212) 459-8820, [email protected]
Dance | Theatre

Rita Putnam, (212) 459-8830, [email protected]
Visual Arts | Music

Agency Operations

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

Agency Operations Staff

Lauren Abbatiello, Team Associate, (212) 459-8857, [email protected]

Lenn Ditman, Manager of Information Technology Services, (212) 459-8810, [email protected]

Omar Estrada, Team Associate, (212) 459-8852, [email protected]

Marnee Geller, Team Associate, (212) 459-8819, [email protected]

Tracy Hamilton, Director of Compliance Unit, (212) 459-8822, [email protected]

Jeannette Lee, Reception, (212) 459-8803, [email protected]

Will McDermott, Team Associate, (212) 459-8855, [email protected]

Jerry Pecchia, Facilities Manager, (212) 459-8814, [email protected]

Sandra Rivera, Secretary, (212) 459-8812, [email protected]

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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 [email protected]. The business telephone number of the Records Access Officer is (212)459-8800.