Tom FinkelpearlNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs

    Tom Finkelpearl is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In this role he oversees city funding for nonprofit arts organizations across the five boroughs and directs the cultural policy for the City of New York. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Finkelpearl served as executive director of the Queens Museum for twelve years starting in 2002, overseeing an expansion that doubled the museum’s size and positioning the organization as a vibrant center for social engagement in nearby communities. He also held positions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, where he worked on the organization’s merger with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and served as director of the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program. His publications include Dialogues in Public Art (MIT Press, 2000) and What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation(Duke University Press, 2013).

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