The Materials Donation Program ran as a two-woman operation at the Arsenal from 1978 to1980. Fremont had the help of a part-time assistant, a driver, and one van. In 1980, DCLA moved its offices to 2 Columbus Circle. At its new headquarters, DCLA was able to oversee its own exhibition space, City Gallery, and host in-house cultural events for the first time.
The move proved to be transformative for the Materials Donation Program, as it acquired 3,000 square feet in the unheated basement of PS1 in Long Island City to house the donated materials.
Thanks to additional funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), DCLA was able to hire an additional full-time employee to work alongside Fremont.
She chose Jill Moser.