Following a nationwide search, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College announced that Jon Yanofsky as its new director. His first day was May 6.
Yanofsky is a performing arts and nonprofit professional with over 25 years of experience in the field.
Before coming to Kupferberg, he served as the director of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (2013-18), as well as the director of marketing for Jazz at Lincoln Center (2009-12).
He also served as the executive director of the Paramount Center for the Arts (2003-09), where he led the organization through a successful rebuilding effort as well as a capital renovation campaign.
Yanofsky has also worked as a freelance consultant for clients such as BRIC/Celebrate Brooklyn and the Irish Arts Center, and served on various panels and workshops, including the Doris Duke-funded Jazz Audiences Initiative, Chamber Music America’s National Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant review, NYSCA grant review, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Emerging Leadership Institute.
“I am thrilled to join the Kupferberg staff and community at this exciting time in the organization’s trajectory,” Yanofsky said. “The Kupferberg’s role as a strong and visible leader in Queens, Western Long Island, and the larger New York City arts and cultural community is an incredibly compelling aspect of the job. I look forward to continuing the great tradition of the performing arts at Queens College, and to furthering our programs for artists and communities to connect in shared meaningful experiences around the performing arts.”
He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, graduating with honors with a double major in Sociology and African American Studies.