The Executive Director of the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island is devoted to Drawing and Retaining New Talent in the Borough.

Melanie Cohn knows what it’s like to pursue a career as an artist. “To me, forging a career as an artist was where I found the most frustration,” admitted Cohn, who grew up in the small town of Lohman in Missouri where she was inspired at a young age to become a visual artist using materials such as clay and fabric. “I like to help artists not have the same roadblocks and frustrations that I encountered.”

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