Newsom appoints new cultural affairs director

Gavin Newsom announced Monday that Luis Cancel has been named San Francisco's new director of cultural affairs.

The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 7 to appoint Cancel to the post. His 25-year career includes stints as New York City arts commissioner and Bronx Museum director.

“Luis Cancel has done amazing work in New York, both inside and outside of government, to promote the value of the arts in everyday life, and he's going to do amazing work in here in San Francisco,” Newsom said in a

statement.

Cancel has a distinguished 25-year career as a public servant, leading various not-for-profit and public agencies, including the Bronx Museum of Arts where he spent 14 years, according to the mayor's office.

Cancel became the first Latino to serve as New York City Commissioner to the Department of Cultural Affairs, from 1991-1994, in then

Mayor David Dinkins' administration. Prior to his tenure as the head of the

Department of Cultural Affairs, Cancel built the Bronx Museum of the Arts and oversaw its expansion and renovation.

Cancel willbegin his new San Francisco position later this month, after relocating with his wife Regina Miranda, the mayor's office said.

Nancy Gonchar has served as interim executive director of the San Francisco arts commission since April, when longtime director Richard Newirth announced his resignation.

Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

In San Francisco, drug overdose deaths surpass 300

Soaring fatalities ‘generally driven by fentanyl’

Preston finds support for District 5 navigation center at community meeting

Supervisor hopes to narrow down list of possible locations within months

Oprah brings her 2020 vision to Chase Center

TV star, mogul shares wellness advice, personal stories

Department on the Status of Women director resigns

Emily Murase, director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of… Continue reading

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, with Joe Biden running a distant second

LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders won a commanding victory in the Nevada… Continue reading

Most Read