At a recent convening in Troy, the Arts New York State board of directors voted for ASI Executive Director Jen Swan-Kilpatrick to assume the role of vice president. Swan-Kilpatrick has served on the board of Arts NYS since 2019. Her duties as vice president are effective as of October.
Arts NYS serves to strengthen the arts throughout New York by building the visibility of the arts as one of the key industries in the state. It is the coordinating and convening agency for arts service groups, arts organizations, and individual artists to “give the arts a powerful and unified voice to advocate for funding and for addressing unmet needs of the field.”
A press release stated, “In this role as vice president, Swan-Kilpatrick will have the opportunity to amplify the advocacy work she spearheads at Arts Services Inc. for the Western New York region to a statewide level. Items such as advocating for greater allocation of funding to the arts, heightening awareness of the impact of the arts on education, health and economic development, and increasing visibility of the WNY arts community are on the agenda.”
Swan-Kilpatrick said, “I’m honored to be recognized by my statewide arts colleagues for this leadership role. Standing beside industry leaders from Troy, the Bronx and Manhattan says a lot about the strength and vibrancy of the Western New York arts community. This is a unique opportunity to take a driving role in the field and work with my colleagues and Gov. Hochul on statewide arts topics.”
The Arts NYS board of directors has also appointed Elizabeth Reiss (CEO, Arts Center of the Capital Region) as president, Diego Segalini (executive director, finance and administration, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) as treasurer, and Viviani Bianchi (executive director, Bronx Arts Council) as secretary. The board congratulates and celebrates the work of Janet Langsam (CEO, Arts Westchester) and Stephen Butler (executive director, CNY Arts) for their role as former co-chairs; and Marc Courtade (executive director, Huntington Arts Council) for his role as former treasurer.
Arts Services Inc. (ASI) empowers the region's artists and arts organizations with connections to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. ASI is a resource hub for the Western New York arts and cultural sector.