Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director
Tanya has over two decades of non-profit experience, including work at the Hyde Collection, Albany Institute of History and Art, and 12 years at Saratoga Arts before she was hired as The Executive Director of the Arts Project in January 2020. Tanya has a BFA in Art History from U Albany, and a Masters degree in Arts Administration and Museum Education from Skidmore College. Tanya is a past Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Scholarship Award Winner and has been an Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award Panelist, as well as an exhibition juror and guest speaker for many local and regional arts organizations. Since 2011, Tanya has worked with the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council’s Latino Advocacy Program. Tanya currently sits on the steering committee for the Saratoga County EOC’s Latino Advocacy Program’s Estamos Aqui fundraiser and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Adirondack Folk School. Tanya lives in Hadley with her husband, their five year old daughter, a feisty Akita mix, Odin, and the sweetest cat in the blueline, Meepers. Tanya enjoys doing yard work, woodworking and gardening. When she has time again, she would love to take up furniture making as a hobby and plans on asking Laura for gardening advice.
Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director
Laura has been with LGAP for 21 years, overseeing and curating exhibitions at the Courthouse Gallery, and assisting with LGAP’s many fundraising events. Her efforts to increase the visibility of LGAP’s visual art programing has lead to strong partnerships and unique collaborations with regional nonprofits, as well as increased state, foundation and businesses support. Laura is also a practicing artist (www.lauravonrosk.com). Her awards include a NYFA Painting Fellowship; a Pollack-Krasner Grant; and artist residencies throughout the country, including Yaddo, Millay and VCCA. She currently lives in Schroon Lake with her husband and their two rescue mutt mix dogs. When not at LGAP, she is busy keeping bees, gardening, or working in her studio, striving to be a better painter.
Daniel Kelly, Jazz Weekend Curator
Daniel Kelly is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Connection Works, an artist-run non-profit organization based in Brooklyn that, since 2007, has presented workshops for young people and produced over 250 concerts, featuring artists such as Grammy award-winner Joe Lovano, NEA Jazz Masters Dave Liebman & Shelia Jordan and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipients Dafnis Prieto & Steve Coleman.
Kelly’s music has been declared “powerfully moving” by Time Out New York, and he has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, and modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars, to name a few. Learn more about his work at https://www.danielkellymusic.com.
John Strong, Executive Director (retired Jan 2020)
John Strong served as Executive Director from 1981-2020. He’s a member of the (in)famous Stony Creek Band www.stonycreekband.com and has a day (Dec 16) named in honor of him in Lake George Village. John was instrumental in starting the Courthouse Gallery Exhibition Series; curating the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park; and co-founding the Lake George Jazz Weekend. He was also a ring-leader with many of the Arts Project’s notable fundraisers, including Bands ‘n Beans, Solstice Cruise, and the Black Velvet Art Party.