Connecticut Arts Council & Foundation



Dr. Jack Stuart Rosenberg, Chair
Dr. Jack Rosenberg is a contemporary polymath. With degrees from Michigan State University, The University of Detroit, Tufts University, and post-doctoral studies at Tufts, his first career was as an endodontist with a sub-specialty in Immunology and Infectious diseases. After teaching at Tufts and Harvard, he relocated to New York City, where he established multiple practices with particular emphasis on the care and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Focusing also on the broader needs of the community, he was the founder of the Manhattan Dental Guild, a professional organization of LGBT dentists, a co-founder of The Network, a professional group of LGBT physicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, and other professionals. Jack was also a co-founding donor of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the People-With-AIDS Coalition, and Body Positive.

Managing multiple businesses led to the introduction of technology in practice management. This directed Jack into the technology consulting world, which then naturally led to the wild-west of start-up internet companies. The 80’s found him creating several new companies, and devising strategies for existing businesses. At the finale of this process, Jack built the US company and became Head of USA for Net-a-Porter.

A serendipitous diversion let to yet another career transition—into becoming an artist. Deciding to devote his energies into art, Jack returned to the classroom and studio and studied at the New York Academy of Art, the Florence Academy of Art, and the Prince Charles Drawing School in London.

As a studio artist, primarily painting, he often tackles political, economic and socially important subjects. With representation by Denise Bibro Fine Art (Chelsea, NYC), Jack’s paintings are in the collections of the US House of Representatives, the US Embassy, St. John’s Episcopal, and numerous private collections in the US and Europe. He is also an experienced art instructor having taught courses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Florence Academy of Art (Italy) and the Washington Art Association.

Jack, a Board Member of ASAP! (After School Arts Program), is also the Chair of the Connecticut Arts Foundation. He is dedicated to enhancing the arts ecosystem in Connecticut; with a focus on making sure artists are included, and have opportunities to develop their craft and artistic expression.

Floyd W. Green, III
Floyd W. Green, III is a philanthropist and founder of What a Concept LLC, a company focused on creating wow moments through strategic philanthropy. In 2021, he retired from Aetna, a CVS Health company, as Vice President of Community Affairs. Since 2004, his teams developed grassroots community-based strategies to assist in new business development, customer retention, and strategic partnerships. Because of his work, he speaks nationally on Strategic Philanthropy, Cultural Consciousness, Localization, How to Go to Market, and Marketing to Diverse Consumers. He also spends time advocating nationally the importance of STEAM vs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math).

Floyd is the recipient of many professional and civic awards. Most recent include Black and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions 45 most influential Blacks in Healthcare, The National Action Network’s National Merit Award, and the Martin Luther King National Service Award by the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine (IAMMM) both in Washington, DC. He is a recipient of the CT Governor’s Patron of the Arts award, the National Council of Community and Justice’s (NCCJ) Human Relations award, the 2022 Bushnell’s Yandow Award for Arts Education, and the OnCon Icon 2020, 2021, and 2022 Top Marketer Award recognizing the top marketers in the world.

He is a trained actor and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), and lifetime members of the National Black MBA and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

Floyd graduated from Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania, with a B.S. degree in History/Public Affairs. He received his MBA in Marketing/Strategy from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, Malibu, California. Currently, a doctoral student at the University of Hartford focusing on Arts Education. Born in Newport News, Virginia, Floyd now resides in Hartford, Connecticut.

Adriane Jefferson
Adriane Jefferson is an Executive in Arts Administration and cultural equity with expertise in program design, event & media production, grant making, external affairs ,community partnerships, and new program initiatives. She specializes in professional development programming for young creative professionals, programs that amplify Black, Indigenous, people of color and social change initiatives. She is a thought leader, adviser and educator pertaining to issues of Justice, Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. She has dedicated her career to creating programs that result in a more equitable, vibrant, and sustainable arts landscape. Adriane is currently the Director of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism for the City of New Haven and the Executive Director of New Haven Festival Inc. She has worked professionally in the Arts for 18 years, holding prior positions as the Executive Director of the Writers Block Ink and as a program manager for the State of CT Office of the Arts.  Adriane’s career began in Miami, Florida in 2004 where she worked as an assistant and talent scout in Local Television with nationally syndicated Networks. Adriane most notably developed the Drama department during her Tenure at Alonzo Mourning Charities and Gibson Charter Middle school in Miami Florida.

Adriane currently serves on the Arts council for The State of Connecticut, The Advisory Board for New England Foundation for the Arts, CT Book Awards and Make Music Day.  She also sits on boards of The Shubert Theater and the Hartford Gay Men’s Choir. She holds a B.A in popular Music from Florida Memorial University and an M.A in Arts Administration from Savanah College of Art and Design. She is a proud mother of one and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Calida N. Jones
Calida N. Jones is an accomplished musician, entrepreneur, consultant, social justice advocate, public speaker and educator with more than 20 years of experience in performance planning, workshop and curriculum development, volunteerism, project management, and teaching in private and public institutions. Passionate about intentional purposeful teaching and community engagement, her personal mission is to ensure that children with limited resources have access to musical opportunities and activities. She is also deeply committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills and community building.

As Founder and Managing Partner at CNJ Associates LLC, Calida and her team have worked with arts and culture organizations across the nation, and she has led efforts in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Additionally, Calida serves as an Executive Coach for individuals across the workforce. She also previously served as the Director of Engagement of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Her key responsibilities included organizing and implementing a faculty development training program, collaborating with the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office, and curating external community partnerships with local and national youth arts agencies.

Her career highlights include roles at Music Matters, the Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra, El Sistema USA, and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Select honors include a Grammy nomination for the Music Educator Excellence Award, the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award, and the 2018 Connecticut Arts Hero Award. Today, Calida is a Vice President at Arts Consulting Group, a member of the Connecticut State Arts Council, a board member and the Board Clerk for El Sistema USA,  and the President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance. Having begun musical training at the age of three, she holds a BFA in Violin Performance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School.

Sofia LeWitt
Sofia LeWitt's professional expertise is in the international art market. Raised in Italy and Connecticut, Sofia began her career at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and has since worked in many cities across the US and Europe as well as with artists, galleries, collectors and institutions around the world. For over 15 years, she has facilitated art sales, donations, exhibitions and publications for the Estate of Sol LeWitt and LeWitt Collection. She has also collaborated with well known brands, such as Microsoft, Loewe and Uniqlo, on licensing projects featuring the artist's work. Her company, Art Handling LLC, advises artists and their heirs on estate planning, the probate process, copyright protection and legacy building; and provides services such as art storage and transport, professional photography and merchandise distribution. Sofia earned her B.A. in Art History from Boston University.

Judith McElhone
Judith McElhone is the founder and executive director of the Five Points Center for the Visual Arts. Mrs. McElhone holds an AS degree from Northwestern Connecticut Community College and a BFA and MFA from the Hartford Art School. She is an exhibiting professional artist, visual arts educator and a Connecticut Visual Arts Fellow recipient. McElhone was honored as an NCCC Alumna in 2003. She received the University of Hartford Alumni Association’s 2014 Anchor Award, which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional and community accomplishments. In 2019, McElhone received the Connecticut Office of the Arts “Art Hero” award. She also been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Litchfield County by Litchfield Magazine.