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CNY Arts Announces New Board of Director, Gary Shaheen, PhD

CNY Arts Board of Directors News

We're pleased to introduce our newest member of the CNY Arts Board of Directors, Gary Shaheen, PhD!  

Dr. Shaheen is the Project Director for Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. For over forty years in the public, private, and academic sectors, he has been instrumental in improving policies and programs that help people with mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and those who are homeless, including veterans, to achieve employment and/or entrepreneurial success. His work promotes the social, civic, and economic inclusion of people with disabilities and/or disadvantages.

Dr. Shaheen is also active in the arts and has exhibited his paintings and prints in galleries and exhibitions throughout New York State. He founded and directed the Studio School and Art Gallery (Johnson City, NY), served as Board Member on numerous arts organizations and helped facilitate the creation of the Broome County Council on the Arts and the merger of the Schenectady County Council on the Arts and the Albany League of Arts.

When asked about his interest in CNY Arts, Dr. Shaheen said:

Art for me has always been both an aid to life and a way of life, even when my work doesn’t include art-making. I am so honored to join colleagues at CNYArts and contribute to the essential and exceptional work they do to ensure that all the arts are available to all.


Two of our newest board members, Tiffany Lloyd, Director of Women's Health & Empowerment at Allyn Family Foundation,  and Magdalena Rivera, Department of Campus Life - Student Involvement Coordinator at SUNY Oswego, have been named co-chairs of the Arts in Education Committee. We look forward to the experience, ideas, and innovative energy they are bringing to the board!

We bid a fond farewell and extend our thanks to two of our board members

Elizabeth Dunbar, President & CEO at Everson Museum of Art, served on the CNY Arts Board of Directors for six years. She was a member of the Audit and Arts & Cultural Districts Committees as well as the Arts Education Task Force.&nbsp Jane Malin, who was the Executive Director of Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts for six years, served with the Board of Directors in 2021/2022 and was a member of the Fundraising Committee during its very successful COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund campaign.