Janet T. Langsam

Michael Newton Award
2003

Langsam, herself a painter, is overseeing the Arts Council's first-ever capital and endowment campaign to ensure that art and culture remain a vital part of the Westchester community for years to come.  She has spent 25 years working in both the public and private sectors where she has been involved in promoting the arts and their importance to economic development.  She started as District Manager in the Office of Neighborhood Development in New York City's Lindsay Administration.  She went on to serve as First Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under New York City Mayors Abe Beame and Ed Koch, and later as President and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts. She was also a founder of The Queens Museum.

She received her B.S. degree from New York University as well as an M.A. from New York University's Graduate School of Public Administration.