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, 2020, only people with appointments for service will have access to ​City Hall. To make an appointment, please contact us at 602-262-4637 or


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 About our Team

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Anel E. Arriola, Grants and Community Engagement Manager

Anel E. Arriola (she/her) 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 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, sh​e 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.

Catina Crum, Public Art Project Manager

Catina Crum joined the staff in December of 2021 as a Public Art Project Manager. She came to Phoenix from Boise, Idaho working on the public art team at the Boise City Department of Arts & History. Born and raised in rural Twin Falls, Idaho, Catina earned an Associate’s Degree in Art from the College of Southern Idaho and a Bachelor of Fine Art, with an Emphasis in Drawing and Painting, from Boise State University.

Patty Dunlap, Program Coordinator

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.

Mitch Menchaca, (Executive)​ Director

Mitch Menchaca (he/him) was appointed as the arts and culture director for the City of Phoenix 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 association 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 Phoenix Art Museum, the Arizona Community Foundation, 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, Grants and Community Engagement Director

Sarah Leó​n (she/her), 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, Arts Collections Manager

Doug Oland joined the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture as the arts 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 expo​​sed 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 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, Senior Public Art Project Manager  

Barry joined the office of Arts and Culture in May 2017, and is the senior public art 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.​​​​​​​​​

VACANT, Deputy Director  

​The Office of Arts and Culture is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as the agency's deputy director. This position helps with the day-to-day operations of the department, oversees long-term planning, manages capital improvement programs, including the city’s award winning public art program, and more. Learn more at Applications close Wednesday, March 9, 2022.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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