state arts action network
Judith Kaufman Weiner
Judith Kaufman Weiner has been the executive director of the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations since October 1994. Under her stewardship, the alliance has dramatically increased its capacity to deliver technical assistance, professional development, and advocacy services to arts organizations throughout the state of New York. In addition, new and innovative trend-setting programs were initiated: (a) the E-Institute for Leadership and the Community E-Institute, a web-based learning professional development program developed in partnership with Cornell University; (b) NYS Cultural Development Areas project, arts legislation that will bring new resources to the industry as an economic development stimulator encouraging private investment; (c) Interactive Online Communication Network; and (d) The Online Advocacy Center.
The alliance also monitors, informs, and mobilizes the state on legislative and budgetary issues affecting the arts, and also helps develop public policy in the arts. To increase lobbying capacity, Ms. Weiner founded and is the executive director of ArtsAction for NY. She assumed these positions after serving as the as executive director at the East End Arts Council for 11 years.
Ms. Weiner is currently a board member of the State Arts Action Network, a council of Americans for the Arts, and has served as board member and treasurer of the National Community Arts Network. She has also served on funding panels in New York and Massachusetts, and participated in the Yale University Leadership Institute. Ms. Weiner was a member of the faculty and administration at Friends World College, has taught painting and drawing, and has been a working professional artist. Ms. Weiner received a B.S. from New York University.
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