Arts & Community: Preserving Arts & Culture Space

Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Preserving arts space in the face of massive, fast-moving gentrification is a huge challenge. Come hear how, in the middle of one of the hottest and most expensive real estate markets in the country, one team has made real progress in protecting and preserving cultural spaces.

This session addresses issues of capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, leadereship, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.


Tom DeCaigny
Executive Director
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, Colorado

Tom DeCaigny is San Francisco’s Director of Cultural Affairs where he oversees the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the 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. The SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of public infrastructure, stewarding over USD $8 million in annual grant investments and implementing San Francisco’s '2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Before being appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012, Mr. DeCaigny served nine years as Executive Director of Performing Arts Workshop, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts. Mr. DeCaigny currently serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation and has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.