Office of Arts and Culture Staff


   

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The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is located on the 10th Floor of City Hall.

In an effort to continue providing necessary city services, while protecting the health and safety of customers and employees in our facilities, the city of Phoenix is taking additional measures to limit foot traffic at the city’s downtown buildings. Beginning Monday, March 23, only people with appointments for service will have access to ​City Hall. To make an appointment, please contact us at 602-262-4637 or arts.culture@phoenix.gov.

 

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 About our Team

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Anel E. Arriola, Grants and Community Engagement Manager

anel.arriola@phoenix.gov
602-534-5084

Anel joined the Office of Arts and Culture in March 2019 as the grants and community engagement manager. Anel is a practicing visual, mixed-media, artist and storyteller. Anel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business in Leadership and Management from ASU's School of Global Business and completed an International Business Certificate at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in the state of Nuevo Léon, Mexico. She is an alumna of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, and is one of Phoenix’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40. Anel is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership at Arizona State University. In her prior position, she worked as a project manager for a research study that was funded by the National Institutes of Health at Arizona State University (ASU). Anel has managed various federal grants and has worked in several community-based research studies both in academia and clinical settings.

Kati Ballares, Public Art Project Manager

kati.ballares@phoenix.gov
602-495-0191

Kati Ballares joined the office of Arts and Culture in September 2017 as a public art project manager. She comes to us from Charlotte, NC where she served as Art-in-Transit program administrator for the Charlotte Area Transit System. There she managed the integration of public art into transit capital improvement projects including the Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project, CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar Project, Albemarle Park and Ride Project, and Beatties Ford Road Redevelopment Corridor Project. In addition, she was responsible for the development and implementation of community education and outreach efforts and maintenance of program resources. She holds an MA in Arts Administration from Winthrop University and a BA in Sculpture and French from Covenant College.

Patty Dunlap, Program Coordinator

patty.dunlap@phoenix.gov
602-495-0185

Patty Dunlap joined the staff in February 2021 as the arts and culture program coordinator, where she serves as the first point of contact for visitors to the Office of Arts and Culture. She also handles various duties reflecting the department's administrative, communications, and programmatic needs. Patty previously served as the Phoenix Convention Center's volunteer coordinator for 19 years. There she oversaw the administration, operations, and scheduling of approximately 300 volunteers in the Convention Center's theatrical venues at more than 200 events each year. Patty has worked with several of our constituents, including the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, and the Phoenix Symphony. She currently serves on the city's employee Community Service Fund Drive executive committee and chair of the Hope Fund. Before working for the Convention Center, Patty worked with volunteers in the healthcare industry. She is a City of Glendale resident and has five children and two granddaughters.

Ed Lebow, Public Art Program Director

ed.lebow@phoenix.gov
602-495-0197

Ed joined the staff in September 2005 as the public art program director.  He holds a B.F.A. degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Ed has worked in various capacities over 25 years as a public art administrator, construction manager, journalist and arts writer/curator/lecturer.  He was on the staff of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture as a public art project manager (1989-1996) and has been employed as a journalist by the Daily Press (Virginia Beach) and the New Times (Phoenix).

Mitch Menchaca, Executive Director

mitch.menchaca@phoenix.gov
602-495-0186

Mitch Menchaca was appointed as the executive director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture in 2018. An Arizona native, he relocated from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to lead the Local Arts Advancement Department at Americans for the Arts, where he guided a team of professionals serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 local arts agencies. Before 2009, he served as the senior director of grants and programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where he administered an extensive portfolio of grants from all artistic disciplines, budget sizes, and regions of the state. Mitch garnered executive leadership by serving as the executive director for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras based in Los Angeles and served as the first chief operating officer for Chorus America, a national arts service organization in D.C. He is the past chairman of The Association of American Cultures, served on the board of directors for DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project), and was an inaugural board member for Latinos LEAD (Latinos for Leadership Excellence And Diversity) in Los Angeles. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, the Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, and is the Governor appointed arts and culture chair for the Arizona Mexico Commission. Mitch studied theater at Central Arizona College, earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University, and completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota.

Sarah León Moreno, Grants and Community Engagement Director

sarah.leon@phoenix.gov
602-262-6164

Sarah, grants and community engagement director has worked in arts administration and youth leadership development in Arizona and Washington, collectively, for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, she worked for the City of Seattle in the Cultural Programs Office at Seattle Center, and was active in the advancement of racial equity in local government practice. In Arizona, Sarah worked for a decade as a youth program and case manager at a community-based nonprofit. A practicing poet, she holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Texas at Austin. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Salt Hill Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Forklift, Ohio, among others.

Doug Oland, Public Art Collections Manager

doug.oland@phoenix.gov
602-495-0193

Doug Oland joined the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture as the public art collections manager in summer of 2020. He is an artist and museum professional with over 20 years of experience in the profit and non-profit art industry. His tenure at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum and Art Solutions has exposed him to collections large and small, ancient and contemporary. As a resident of Phoenix since 1998, he has been passionately involved in the local arts community. In addition to working on his own art, he has experience as a studio assistant, arts teacher, and preparator. Doug is also a former member of the artist co-op Holgas and Eye Lounge.

Romeo Rabusa, Administrative and Cultural Facilities Director

romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov
602-534-8334

Romeo joined the staff in April 2016 and is currently the administrative and cultural facilities director. He began his career with the City in September 2001 as a ClearPath Program Resource Coordinator in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive Recreation Services. After four years, he accepted a management promotion to support the deputy aviation director of facilities and services in the Aviation Department, managing both operating and capital improvement budgets in the division. Prior to his career in the city of Phoenix, Romeo worked in private educational institutions in the United States and abroad. He holds Master of Arts degrees in Education, Philosophy, and Divinity. As a community organizer, Romeo develops partnerships with various social services agencies to serve the homeless and poor families in Phoenix neighborhoods.

Barry Sparkman, Public Art Project Manager

barry.sparkman@phoenix.gov  
602-495-0893

Barry joined the office of Arts and Culture in May 2017 as a public art project manager. He holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Miami, an M.F.A in Painting from Louisiana State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the staff. Barry curated and developed art exhibitions for a variety of municipal and university art museums. He has also held a wide range of university teaching and administrative positions.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Staff Directory

Director’s Office


Mitch Menchaca
Executive Director
602-495-0186

Romeo Rabusa
Administrative and Cultural Facilities Director
602-534-8334

Mary Muesegades
Assistant to the Executive Director & Commission Liaison
602-495-0185


Community Investments and Engagement


Sarah León Moreno
Community Investments and Engagement Director
602-262-6164

Anel E. Arriola
Community Investments and Engagement Manager
602-534-5084


Public Art


Ed Lebow
Public Art Program Director
602-495-0197

Elizabeth Grajales
Senior Public Art Project Manager
602-534-7230

Barry Sparkman
Public Art Project Manager
602-495-0893

Kati Stegall
Public Art Project Manager
602-495-0191

VACANT
Public Art Collections Manager
602-495-0193