Janet E. Tanis was a teacher's teacher. A graduate of the prestigious Douglass College of Rutgers University, Janet could teach any subject to children of all age levels, from kindergarten to graduate school, which she did in both New Jersey and Florida. She also supervised teachers of public schools for a number of years before devoting the last 25 years of her life to the Hibel Museum of Art, a non-profit, public museum in Palm Beach County, Florida.
At the Hibel Museum, Janet held many positions, including assistant director, director of education, director of children's festivals, and organizer for the museum's Promenade Concert Series. For many years, she gave classes to children and adults, both in the museum and in many locations throughout south Florida.
For ten years, she organized the museum's annual children's festival that brought the educational benefits of many non-profit organizations to members of the community. She organized the concert series for many years, bringing the best musical talent to the public without charge. Janet also was an integral part of the success of the museum's gift store, and she gave tours of the museum's art collections to hundreds of people. Janet was also an integral part of organizing many fundraising events for the benefit of the Hibel Museum of Art.
While at the Hibel Museum, Janet authored a book that broke ground in showing teachers and parents how to use the arts in teaching school children about language, science, and mathematics. Janet also was the museum's principal researcher on many subjects about art and about Edna Hibel, the artist. In addition, she helped to organize many art exhibitions, and prepared educational literature for the public concerning the museum's exhibitions.
The staff and volunteers of the Hibel Museum of Art have lost a good friend and tireless worker. Janet will sorely be missed. Donations in her memory made be made to the Edna Hibel Art Foundation for the Concert Fund.
Andy Plotkin, Ph.D., for the Hibel Museum of Art
Hibel Studio, Inc. P.O. Box 33332, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420-3332