Janet Williams, who we lovingly referred to as “Miss Janet,” has been a major part of our organization for the past 16 years. Her vision took our event’s Family Fun Zone from a couple of tables with some arts and crafts to a spot that kept kids busy for hours on end. Miss Janet also contributed to JazzFest’s success by always keeping the best interest of those we serve, (specifically children and families), the number one priority.
She was also instrumental in defining our organization’s mission and purpose. During a mid-2000’s JazzFest debriefing, she decreed that the event was no longer a simple music festival. “We are starting to witness what can be accomplished through arts-based community development,” she said. “That’s what we now do.”
From that time on, all of our strategic decisions focused on living out the phrase arts-based community development.
With a genuine passion for serving those in need (as well as not being afraid to let you know where you stand), we will never forget her contributions to JazzFest. Her compassion, passionate strength and steadfast commitment to people and her communities was unbounded. She will be missed.
We are humbly honored that Miss Janet selected to have memorials in her name made out to The Selby Ave JazzFest.