Inquiries and Guidelines

Arts and Culture Staff

Emil J. Kang
Program Director

Deborah Cullen-Morales
Program Officer

Deana Haggag
Program Officer

Stephanie Ybarra
Program Officer

Kristina Auten
Senior Executive Assistant

Zuleika Milan
Executive Assistant

Hannah Ford
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Planning

Emily L. Waters
Senior Program Associate

Abigail Choudhury
Program Associate

Jackie Clay
Program Associate

Casandra Hernández Faham
Program Associate

Isabel Quinzaños Alonso
Program Associate

Kibra Yohannes
Program Associate

Jessica Feldman
Research Associate

Natasha Forrester
Program Assistant

Rachel Ninomiya
Program Assistant

Rocco Praderio
Program Assistant

Gonzalo Casals
Senior Research and Policy Fellow


In its Arts and Culture program, Mellon makes grants to institutions and organizations, not to individuals. All grants result from invitations issued by Mellon to institutions with which staff have engaged in preliminary exchanges. While we are unable to consider uninvited proposals, qualifying organizations are welcome to submit inquiries. Please do not send inquiries about possibilities for support to more than one program. If you already have an account on Mellon’s grantee portal, please contact program staff directly. Otherwise, please submit an inquiry through the grantee portal at

For inquiry submission, please provide a short summary of your request, including your organization’s mission and primary activities, the initiative you would like considered for support, and the rationale for why the initiative is of importance to your organization, your constituencies, and the field in which your organization operates.

Grantmaking Policies and Guidelines

Please see Our Grantmaking for more information regarding the submission of proposals, reporting requirements, grant modification procedures, and grantmaking policies.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Arts and Culture program supports a number of regranting programs that we encourage organizations to consider.