Executive Director, NCAPER; Performing Arts Coordinator, Performing Arts Readiness Project
Janet Newcomb is the Executive Director of NCAPER, the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response, and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project at Lyrasis. Newcomb has directed nine arts organizations including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, four arts councils in N.Y. and S.C. and a community arts center. She served as Director of Grants at the S.C. Arts Commission and taught modern dance at the University of Buffalo and the University of S.C. She is currently a Professor at the University of Kentucky and consults on leadership transition and development for arts organizations. In 2015, she designed and was asked to direct the MA in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Program at NYIT in Manhattan. Newcomb has received the Community Achievement Award from Mayor Joseph Riley, Charleston, S.C., and the Lifetime Service Award from The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in her hometown of Corning, N.Y. She holds a BA in Music from Hood College, Mass. and in Dance from The George Washington University.