The RCAC is overseen by a Director and an Advisory Board (click on any name for a short biography). The RCAC is an affiliate of the Actors Fund under its 501 (C)(3) status.
Director – Joan Jeffri
Joan Jeffri is the Founder and Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture housed first at Columbia University and now at The Actors Fund. She is former Director of the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and past President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the International Arts Medicine Association. She is a Scholar-in-Residence in the Arts Management Program at American University and an honorary professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Jeffri is the co-author with Yu Ding of Respect for Art: Visual Arts Management and Administration in China and the United States (2008); author of Arts Money: Raising It, Saving It, Earning It; (1989) and The Emerging Arts: Management, Survival and Growth (1980). She is also the editor of Artisthelp: The Artist’s Guide to Work-Related Human and Social Services (1990) and The Actor Speaks, The Painter Speaks, and The Craftsperson Speaks (1994, 1993, 1992). From 1981-1990, she served as an executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management and Law. She has conducted numerous studies including Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians; Making Changes: Facilitating the Transition of Dancers to Post-Performance Careers with William Baumol and David Throsby; Information on Artists I, II and III and The Artists Training and Career Project.
Early in her career, Jeffri was a poet and protégé of Louis Untermeyer. A former professional actress, she appeared in the national tour of The Homecoming and in the Boston Company of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. She also appeared with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company in New York City.
Recent projects include the development of an interdisciplinary, intergenerational project to assist aging performing artists in documenting their work, the PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY PROJECT, and a previous project that did the same for professional visual artists, ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, both based on studies of aging performers in LA and NYC (STILL KICKING) and of professional visual artists in New York City (ABOVE GROUND).
At the AFL-CIO Education Department from 1993 to 2002, David led strategic planning for national unions, consulted on organizational development, developed educational campaign materials, and taught others to teach. David graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and received a Shaw Travelling Fellowship to study schools in four European cities. He clerked for a federal judge in Massachusetts and became a partner in a Washington, DC law firm, Barr, Peer, Cohen & Camens. He has written for The Washington Post, Harvard Magazine, and other publications.
We express our deep gratitude for the time, advice, and good work of these former RCAC Advisory Board members:
John M. Kernochan, 1919-2007
Joining the Columbia faculty in 1952, Professor Kernochan became a full Professor of Law in 1955. From 1977 to 1990 he was appointed Nash Professor of Law. He organized and supervised projects and studies in witness immunity, correction law, financial protection against nuclear hazards and other risks of catastrophic accident, arms control, health and air pollution regulation, housing maintenance, and model constitutions and charters for state and local governments.
Professor Kernochan served on the Boards of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and E.C. Shirmer Music Company. He was also President of Gaudia Music and Arts, Inc. Publications include Cases and Materials on Business Torts; the Legislative Process; andLegal Method: Cases and Materials (co-author).
Professor Kernochan received his Bachelors Degree from Harvard University in 1942 and his Law Degree from Columbia University in 1948. He made the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army where he served from 1943 to 1946.
Walter Mischel, 1930 - 2018
Mark Schuster, 1951-2008
Stephen E. Weil, 1928-2005
Mr. Weil was a vice president and general manager of the Marlborough Gallery from 1963 to 1967 and an administrator, secretary and trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art from then until 1974. From 1974 to his retirement in 1995, he served as deputy director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Following his retirement he was scholar emeritus at the Smithsonian’s Center for Education and Museum Studies.
Mr. Weil was an expert in copyrights, trusteeships and the sale of artworks from museum collections. He was on the faculty of the Museum Management Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1979 to 1996. He served as a presidential appointee on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the Department of State (1995-2000) and on the board of the International Committee on Management for the International Council of Museums. His books include A Cabinet of Curiosities; Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations; Beauty and the Beasts: On Museums, Art, the Law, and the Market; andMaking Museums Matter. He received his field’s highest honor, the American Association of Museums (AAM) Award for Distinguished Service to Museums. Weil was also the first inductee on the AAM Centennial Honor Roll.
Mr. Weil graduated from Brown University in 1949 and the Columbia University Law School in 1956.