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  Council Members

The Council is comprised of up to 21 individuals who are appointed by the Governor and approved by the State Senate. Council members are appointed to five-year terms. The Council is currently made up of the following members.

Aby Rosen, Chair

Aby Rosen was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, NYSCA, where his goals include advocating for and expanding the impact of the agency’s work with a vigorous emphasis on artistic expression and arts and cultural activity as a strong driver of community well-being and vitality and as a significant economic and jobs growth engine. He is also co-founder of RFR Holding, a privately held, Manhattan based, real estate investment development and management company. His commitment to the preservation and restoration of landmark buildings has been recognized by the Landmarks Conservancy and the American Institute of Architecture. He is actively involved with many philanthropic organizations and causes. In 2003, Mr. Rosen formed the Lever House Art Collection which invites artists to create site-specific work exhibited in Lever House’s glass-enclosed public lobby space. Dedicated to making art accessible and available to the community, he organizes innovative visual art exhibitions of established and emerging artists in public spaces.

Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Vice-Chair

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel is an author, television interviewer and producer, preservationist, and civic activist. In 1966, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, initiating the first public art exhibition by Tony Smith at Bryant Park and the first public performance in Central Park of the Metropolitan Opera. She also served as a Commissioner of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1972 to 1987 and was Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1987 to 1995. She has served as a Member of the NYC Cultural Affairs Commission, where she was Chair/Founder of the Mayor’s Awards of Arts and Culture and a Member of the NYC Art Commission (now called the Public Design Commission). She is currently the Chair of NYC Landmarks 50, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the organization and the NYC Landmarks Law.

Since 1995, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel has been the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (HLPC), creating a Cultural Medallion program documenting notable occurrences, distinguished individuals and other important aspects of NYC’s cultural, economic, political and social history. Among other programs, the HLPC initiated, created, designed and financed all of the terra cotta street signs in each of NYC’s Historic Districts. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was appointed by President Reagan to the Board of the United States Holocaust Museum in 1987 where she served as Chair of the subcommittee that commissioned all of the original art created for the museum. She was appointed to the United States Commission of Fine Arts in 1992 by President Clinton and in 1999 Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first woman elected Vice Chair of the Commission. In 2008, President Obama appointed her to the American Battle Monuments Commission

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel is the author of 20 books and the curator of eight international museum exhibitions, each based on one of her books. A recent exhibit was circulated based on “The Landmarks of New York,” by the U.S. Department of State to 62 countries on each of the five continents. Her current exhibit is travelling to fourteen cities throughout New York State. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fresh Air Fund, Friends of the High Line, and the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, DC among others. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel earned her doctorate from New York University, and has received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Longwood University in Virginia and Pratt Institute in NYC. She has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and PEN, Slovakia.


Laura L. Aswad

Laura L. Aswad is the Executive Director of Real Arts and Culture, a New York based company specializing in the performing and visual arts. Previously, she was producer of the Lincoln Center Festival, the international summer performing arts festival, where she produced numerous productions in all genres of the performing arts (1996-2004). Ms. Aswad has also served as associate producer of Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun! Festival (1993-1995), as the tour manager for numerous international and domestic productions, and as the senior associate at International Production Associates where she coordinated domestic and international tours for such artists as Sankai Juku and Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble (1989-1993). She is originally from Binghamton, New York and she received her B.A. in Theater from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Jill Erika Braufman

Jill Erika Braufman is the Board Chair of The Center for Arts Education. After working in fashion and advertising, Ms. Braufman founded and managed an interior design resource specializing in antique textile pillows. After managing the business for more than six years, in 2001 she turned her focus towards full-time political and philanthropic pursuits relating to the arts, education, and women's health. Jill Braufman is a graduate of Brown University and the Parson’s School of Design.

Amy Cappellazzo

Amy Cappellazzo is a Founder and Principal of Art Agency Partners. She previously served as a market leader in the field of contemporary art during a tenure of almost thirteen years at Christie’s, where she rose to the post of Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development.

While at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was a steward for the sale of some of the most important collections of our time, and she continues to act as a fiduciary for numerous families, foundations and trusts. Additionally, she served as a pioneer in private sales at Christie’s as well as in online auctions, the latter through a partnership she fostered with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. During a period when the contemporary art market exploded from what was largely a European and American epicenter to a fully global stage, Cappellazzo directed groundbreaking initiatives at Christie’s that led to record results, with upward of $650 million realized in a single evening sale.

Prior to tenure at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was an art advisor, a curator and a key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Cappellazzo received her B.A. in Fine Arts/Art History from New York University, where she was a Presidential Trustee Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she focused on the role of public art in shaping cities. She is a noted Bloomberg expert, speaking internationally on the global art market, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UCLA, Stanford University and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Bob Colacello

Bob Colacello is one of America’s most highly regarded and prolific biographical writers. As a special correspondent for Vanity Fair since 1984, he has profiled more than 100 major cultural, social, philanthropic, and political figures, including Andy Warhol, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, Rudolf Nureyev, Liza Minnelli, Richard Meier, Doris Duke, Balthus, Eli Broad, Wallis Annenberg, Julian Schnabel, and Dennis Hopper. In 2010, the Society of the Silurians, New York’s oldest organization of newspaper and magazine editors, gave him its Excellence in Journalism Award for his profile of Patricia and William F. Buckley Jr. He has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-Span to talk about his articles and books. He has given speeches at the Miami Art Museum, the de Young Museum of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as at Sotheby’s and Philips de Pury auction houses. His commentary has been featured in documentaries on Warhol, the Reagans, Robert Wilson, Yves Saint Laurent, and Halston, as well as in biographies of Truman Capote, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

He currently serves on the board of FAPE (Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies), the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Art, and the National Advisory Council of ACRIA (AIDS Community Initiative of America). He was on ACRIA’s board from 1992 to 2007, and was honored for his outstanding service at its 2009 Holiday Benefit. Since 1995, he has been a co-chair or honorary chair of the Summer Benefit at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in Southampton, New York.

Colacello was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He was educated in public elementary and high schools in Brooklyn and Nassau County. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969 and his M.F.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts in 1971. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

Agnes Gund

Agnes Gund is President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and Chair of its International Council. She is also Chair of MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Ms. Gund joined the MoMA Board in 1976 and served as its President from 1991 until 2002. She is the Founder and a Trustee of Studio in a School, a non-profit organization she established in 1977 in response to budget cuts that virtually eliminated arts classes from New York City public schools. In January 2012, Ms. Gund was appointed Member of the New York State Council on the Arts. A philanthropist and collector of modern and contemporary art, Ms. Gund is Chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of New York City, and currently serves on the boards of Chess in the Schools, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. She is co-founder of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and an Honorary Trustee of the Independent Curators International as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. A civic leader and staunch supporter of education, women’s issues and environmental concerns, among other causes, Ms Gund has served on the boards of such wide-ranging organizations as the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Fund for Public Schools. She earned a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and a M.A. in Art History from Harvard University. She has since received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, including honors from Bowdoin College (2012), CUNY Graduate Center (2007) and Brown University (1996). In 1997, Ms. Gund received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.

Gayle King

Gayle King is a co-host of "CBS This Morning” and Editor-at-Large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.

King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (1978-1981), WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. (1976), and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. (1975).

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. In addition to three Emmys, she was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient.

King spent several years of her childhood in Ankara, Turkey, before returning with her family to the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a degree in psychology.

The mother of a daughter, Kirby, and a son, Will, she currently resides in New York City.

Eric Latzky

Eric Latzky is a leading figure in communications, marketing and public affairs in culture and the arts.

From 2000 – 2012, he served as spokesman and head of communications of the New York Philharmonic, overseeing media and public relations, publications, and diplomatic relations for America’s first orchestra. He was the institution’s liaison to government officials, and was responsible for key aspects of the Philharmonic’s international touring programs and global corporate sponsorship relationships. Eric Latzky played a major role in the creation and realization of the York Philharmonic’s historic concert in Pyongyang in 2008. He established the framework for live, uncensored communications from North Korea for an unprecedented international media corps, bringing worldwide attention to the event.

Previously, Eric Latzky held the positions of Executive Vice President of the Zeisler Group, and Director of Communications of The Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film and Literature, and then formed Culture | Communications to craft forward-looking marketing and public relations strategies. Clients included Sony Entertainment, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and a group of progressive artists and companies working in various genres from Europe, Asia, and North and South America, such as Eos Orchestra (US), Sankai Juku (Japan), Paris Opera Ballet, and Ballet Argentino.

In the 1990s, Eric Latzky was the pro-bono public relations co-chair for the artists’ organization Visual AIDS, where he conceived the launch campaigns for the Red Ribbon for AIDS Awareness, Day Without Art and Night Without Light. In the 1980s, in partnership with publishing industry colleagues, he created the Words Project for AIDS, in Los Angeles,to promote reading and writing in the context of the emerging crisis.

A writer and essayist, Eric Latzky has contributed to Culture + Travel, Interview, BOMB magazine, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, LA Style, the Advocate, and other publications. His novel, Three Views from Vertical Cliffs, was published in 1992, and he has contributed to a number of non-fiction collections.

Eric Latzky is presently a consultant to institutional clients on communications strategy, digital transformation, and image development. He is a member of the Wisemen, a group of top communications professionals in New York, and serves on the Advisory Board of Youth Communication, a non-profit publisher and advocate of reading and writing for at- risk youth. A native New Yorker, Eric Latzky has lived in Paris and Los Angeles. He lives in New York, in West Chelsea, and is a member of Manhattan Community Board 4, serving on its Land Use and Landmarks committees.

John Lyons

John Lyons is a producer, who resides in New York City. He began working in the theatre when he became the first Casting Director at Playwrights Horizons in 1980. Under the Artistic Director Andre Bishop, Playwrights Horizons produced the works of William Finn, Wendy Wasserstein, Chris Durang, James Lapine, Jonathan Reynolds, Stephen Sondheim, Ted Talley, Albert Innaurato, A. R. Gurney, Mark O’Donnell, Peter Parnell and many of the country’s most prominent writers and directors. In 1983, he started as casting company called Lyons/Isaacson, which also cast for the Manhattan Theatre Club, and began to cast films as well as theatre. He began his film casting career with Joe and Ethan Coen’s RAISING ARIZONA in 1986 and went on to cast FARGO, MILLER’S CROSSING, BARTON FINK, THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI. He also cast numerous films for directors such as Phil Kaufman, Frank Oz, John Schlesinger, and others.

In 1989, Mr. Lyons became the Casting Director of the Sundance Institute’s June Director’s Lab for seven years, and in 1999, he produced his first feature film, Paul Thomas Anderson’s HARD EIGHT. He also produced Mr. Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS, Jay Roach and Mike Myer’s AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, and AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER, and Peter Hedges’ PIECES OF APRIL.

From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Lyons was the President of Production at Focus Features, overseeing all aspects of production at the studio, and shepherding the making of a popular and award-winning slate of films. These included Gus Van Sant’s MILK, Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Joel and Ethan Coen’s BURN AFTER READING and A SERIOUS MAN, Martin McDonagh’s IN BRUGES, David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES, Jim Jarmusch’s BROKEN FLOWERS, Lisa Cholodenko’s THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Mike Mill’s BEGINNERS, Joe Wright’s HANNA, Cary Fukunaga’s SIN NOMBRE and JANE EYRE, Fernando Meirelles’ A CONSTANT GARDENER, and Michel Gondry’s ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.

In the fall of 2011, Mr. Lyons left Focus Features to return to independent producing and is currently working on projects for film, television, and the theatre. He has also spent a great deal of time launching Edible Schoolyard/NYC, the New York branch of Alice Waters’ Edible Education project, serving as board chair and founder of the organization. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the EOS Orchestra and the Chez Panisse Foundation, as well as currently serving on the board of GROWNYC

He has a summa cum laude degree in History of Art from University of Michigan.

Laudelina Martinez

Laudelina Martinez is the owner and director of the Martinez Gallery, founded in 2001. She has curated more than 50 exhibitions for the Gallery and other venues while conducting an on-going public education program in the area of art and culture. Her curatorial focus has been in presenting and advancing established and emerging Latino artists. A lifelong involvement in the arts began in her formative years studying under outstanding exponents, including Ana Garcia, Jose Pares and Alicia Alonso in ballet; Elisa Tavarez in music; and Juano Hernandez in theatre. Ms. Martinez chose a career in higher education, but continued an educational commitment to the arts. She was the President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities from 1992-1995 where she represented Hispanic-serving institutions, associate colleges and universities, and international members. She has also served as a spokesperson on national Latino and educational issues. For her contributions to these areas, she has received awards and recognitions from educational and Hispanic communities. Ms. Martinez has participated in non-profit and governmental boards; currently, she is Vice-President of the Rensselaer County Historical Society. She received her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, her M.A. from Fordham University and conducted additional doctoral coursework at the University at Albany.

Crystal McCrary

Award-winning film, television producer and author, Crystal McCrary, began her career practicing entertainment law specializing in theatre production, publishing contracts and director’s agreements with the New York City firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison before leaving to pursue a full-time career in writing and producing. Since that time, she has written for several magazines, published two New York Times best-selling novels, and produced original programming for TV & Film.

Ms. McCrary published the New York Times Best-selling novels HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE (Harper Collins/Avon) and GOTHAM DIARIES (Hyperion). She also produced the independent film DIRTY LAUNDRY (FOX Films). For six seasons Ms. McCrary served as co-creator/executive producer for the NAACP Image Award nominated BET documentary series LEADING WOMEN and LEADING MEN which profiled women and men who have impacted the country socially, politically and culturally including Dr. Maya Angelou, Iman, Mo’Nique, Patti LaBelle, Lisa Leslie, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Debra Martin Chase, Wynton Marsalis, Wylef Jean, Hill Harper and Terrance Howard to name a few. She also hosted, created and executive produced and directed the three-part documentary series INSIDE: Black Culture profiling The Studio Museum in Harlem, Evidence Dance Company and Abyssinian Baptist Church. In production, Ms. McCrary has directed and produced a feature-length documentary, LITTLE BALLERS, which chronicles the lives and challenges of four socially and culturally diverse eleven-year old basketball players and their journey to the AAU National Championship. Crystal’s most recent book, INSPIRATION: PROFILES OF BLACK WOMEN CHANGING OUR WORLD was published by Harry N. Abrams, March, 2012 and includes profiles of Judith Jamison, Shonda Rhimes, Patti Labelle, First Lady Michelle Obama, Debra Lee, Venus Williams, Thelma Golden, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Thelma Golden, Marian Wright Edelman, Misty Copeland, Mary J. Blige, Soledad O’brien, Mellody Hobson, Iman and many others.

Dedicated to and outspoken on education, children’s rights and women’s issues, she has appeared on several national television shows including Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC and Ms. McCrary also appeared as a guest co-host on ABC’s The View, interviewing Hillary Clinton. She was also the co-host on the 2008 NAMIC Vision Award winning television show, "My Two Cents." She has also interviewed President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her television shows. Ms. McCrary was named to Crain’s-New York Business Forty Under Forty.

Ms. McCrary is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and New York University School of Law and American University (J.D., 1995). Ms. McCrary also studied International European Community Law in Paris, France. She lives in New York City with her family.

Richard A. Mittenthal

Richard Mittenthal is President and CEO of TCC Group, a management consulting firm that specializes in the nonprofit sector. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has led consulting and planning assignments for a wide range of cultural, educational, and philanthropic organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Altman Foundation, Third Street Music School Settlement, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Children's Defense Fund, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Roosevelt Institute.

In 1997, Mittenthal collaborated with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy to create the Grantmakers Institute, a series of educational courses for foundation staff around the country. In 1999, he served as Senior Advisor to the 93rd American Assembly: Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America. He was a member of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, an initiative involving 58 individuals from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and the Council of the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. In 1982, he served as the first Chairman of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Mittenthal spent 12 years at the New York Community Trust, the largest community foundation in the United States, where he served as the Trust's Vice President for Program, overseeing the discretionary grant program.

Active in civic and cultural affairs, he currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration and Symphony Space, where he was Board President. Mittenthal served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Commission on Cultural Affairs, and as a Trustee of Meet the Composer, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Dalton School, the Alliance for the Arts, and The American Symphony Orchestra League. He has a BS in Economics from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

John Morning

John Morning has over three decades of leadership positions in higher education, philanthropy, banking, and the arts.

He is a trustee of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Henry Street Settlement, Lincoln Center Theater, Graduate Center of CUNY, Pratt Institute, Film Forum, Turrell Fund, and a member of the New York State Council on the Arts.

He has previously served as a trustee or director of Brooklyn Academy of Music, City University of New York, Dime Savings Bank of New York, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Creative Capital, Demos, and member of the Trustees Committee on Education at the Museum of Modern Art. A graduate of Pratt and retired graphic designer, he has received the White House Presidential Recognition Award for “exemplary community service.”

Rita Paniagua

Ms. Paniagua is currently Executive Director of the Spanish Action League and has been involved with the organization since 2003. Prior to working with the Spanish Action League, she was the owner of Backstage Productions andDance Centre School in San Juan, Puerto Rico for several years. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors for leadership in public advocacy and community service. Among her many honors, she has been recognized by the Alliance Network with the Bea Gonzalez Award, “Entre Nosotras” award by NYS Assembly/Senate Hispanic Taskforce, Latina of the Year (2012), Tu Voz Latina Radio, Labor Religion Coalition Outstanding Community Service Award. Currently, Ms. Paniagua is serving on the CNY Regional Economic Development Council, Chair (2014) Latino Upstate Summit, and Syracuse Woman’s Commission 2012-2014, among other. Ms. Paniagua attended VirginiaIntermont College.

Hal D. Payne

Hal D. Payne is currently the Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Buffalo State where he has served for 23 years. At the College, Vice President Payne serves on the President’s Cabinet, the College Planning Council, the Budget Priorities Committee, the Enrollment Management Steering Group, the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, and the Strategic Planning Task Force. In the Buffalo community Payne serves as Commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Director of the Buffalo Zoological Society, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, member of the Boards of Read to Succeed and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Payne is faculty in the U. S. Department of Education/Council for Opportunity in Education Legislation and Regulations Seminars and received The Walter O. Mason, Jr. Award (Highest Annual Award of the Council for Opportunity in Education) in September of 1996. Vice President Payne received his B.A. from Western Reserve University and his J.D. degree from Cleveland State University.

Deborah Ronnen

Deborah Ronnen is an attorney and owner of Deborah Ronnen Fine Art in Rochester, NY, specializing in modern and contemporary art for more than 25 years. As an independent curator, Ms. Ronnen has organized exhibitions in conjunction with the Collector's Gallery at The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, at The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and at The Nazareth College Arts Center; all in Rochester, NY.

Deborah Ronnen Fine Art has presented solo exhibitions by Adam Fuss, Vik Muniz, Vollard Suite Etchings of Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Mark Fox and Alison Saar.

Currently, she serves on the board of The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (The Albright Knox Art Gallery ). She is a community activist and a longtime advocate for the upstate cultural community.

She holds an LL.B. (JD equivalent) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was admitted to the Bar and was the Director of The Jerusalem Mediation Center. She also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston University.

Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz is the President of the David Schwartz Foundation and the former CEO and Chairman of Jonathan Logan, Inc. Mr. Schwartz also previously served as acting Executive Director and Member of the New York State Council on the Arts, Chairing the Council from 1997 - 2007. He currently serves as a Trustee of Boscobel Restoration and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Mr. Schwartz has also served as a Trustee of renowned cultural and educational institutions across the U.S. including Lincoln Center, Cornell University, and the National Museum of American Art.

Jonathan Sheffer

Jonathan Sheffer is a composer and conductor who was the Artistic Director of two iconoclastic chamber orchestras, The Eos Orchestra, which he founded in NYC in 1995, and Red {an orchestra}, which he led for six seasons in Cleveland, OH. In addition, he has conducted opera and at festivals throughout the world including The New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre and numerous dance companies. As a composer, he has composed numerous film scores, and his opera Blood On The Dining Room Floor has won the Richard Rogers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has had residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Rome. Active in charitable and political causes, he is currently the appointee of the Speaker of the NY City Council to the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega is an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching Afro-Caribbean Religions and Afro Latinos in New York City at Hunter College/CUNY. Previously, Dr. Moreno Vega served as Assistant Professor at Baruch College’s Black and Hispanic Studies Department (1996-2000). She is co-editor of Voices From the Battlefront: Achieving Cultural Equity (Africa World Press), and the author of The Altar of My Soul - The Living Traditions of Santería (One World/ Ballantine Books/Random House), and When the Spirits Dance Mambo (Three Rivers Press/Random House). Dr. Vega is also the executive producer of the documentary When the Spirits Dance Mambo, a documentary focused on the African-based religions of Cuba. She is the Founder and President of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and former Director of El Museo del Barrio and creator of Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc. Dr. Vega is one of the Founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts and its first Director. She is also one of the founders of the Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Center of Colors. Dr. Vega received her Doctorate from Temple University in May 1995.

 
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