TAYLOR--Billy. The arts world lost a great friend in Billy Taylor, a brilliant jazz pianist, educator, policy advisor and ardent spokesman for the arts. He was a vital part of Americans for the Arts for many years, delivering the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy in 1998, participating on our Artists Committee since its inception, volunteering generously as an arts advocacy spokesperson and serving as the honorary chair of the Arts and Business Council for more than three decades. The nation has lost a true arts advocate, and the board and staff of Americans for the Arts deeply mourn his loss.
Published in The New York Times on Jan. 4, 2011