Congratulations Ben Johnson!

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)Announces Hiring of Ben Johnson as New Performing Arts Director

Ben comes to DCA from UCLA where he has served as the Program Manager at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP-UCLA) in Los Angeles, considered.

Previously, Ben was the Director of Programs at United States Artists (LA), the Director of Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, and the Director of Education and Audience Development at the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (MI). He also worked at the Ordway Music Theater (St. Paul), and interned at the American Dance Festival (NC) and Walker Art Center (MN).

Ben will oversee DCA’s municipal theaters, manage partnerships with nonprofit operators, and establish pre-approved vendor lists of professional artists reflective of the city’s cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity. In addition, he will develop new policies and services geared toward increasing cultural festival production in the city, including a program for performing arts groups to animate city-owned and operated theaters through short-term residencies. Mr. Johnson will also develop a technical assistance program for community groups to build organizational capacity and produce cultural events in parks, along our Great Streets, and in public spaces.

Congrats Ben! We'll see you in LA!

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’ vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.

Formed in 1925, DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike.

DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through grantmaking, public art, community arts, and strategic marketing and development. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. For more information, please visit, or follow us on Facebook at; Twitter @culture_la; and Instagram @culture_la.

Photo by Tony Coelho, courtesy of Ben Johnson