Judith K. Weiner

2008 Honoree - Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award


Judith Kaufman Weiner has been the executive director of the NYS Arts 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. Judy has been a constant and tireless voice for the arts in New York. NYS Arts, under her leadership has been at the forefront of innovative trend-setting programs such as:  (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. Judy is seen as a role model by her peers and generously shares her wealth of knowledge and experience.