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Marie Glotzbach honored for leadership in the arts

December 7, 2012

Marie Glotzbach honored for leadership in the arts

December 7, 2012

Saratoga Arts, an organization dedicated to developing and promoting the arts throughout the Saratoga region, has honored Marie Glotzbach with its inaugural Community Arts Leadership Award. The award was presented at the organization's "Explore the Night" fundraising soiree at Longfellow's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs on Dec. 4.

"In creating the Community Arts Leadership Award, the board of Saratoga Arts wanted to recognize the work, vision, and talent required to enhance arts access for all," said Joel Reed, executive director of Saratoga Arts, in presenting the honor. He noted that the award recognizes a person who has demonstrated the ability to "mobilize arts organizations, artists, arts patrons, and volunteers, and through all that work create a stronger Saratoga Springs and Saratoga region." 

Marie Glotzbach (center) with Joel Reed 
Saratoga Arts executive director, and Kathleen
Fyfe, president of the Saratoga Arts board
Reed emphasized Glotzbach's leadership in launching and guiding Saratoga Reads, a program based on community-wide reading of a single book, now in its ninth year, and SaratogaArtsFest, the four-day citywide celebration of the arts that will mark its seventh year this June. Said Reed, " Marie has that specific form of leadership that inspires others not to follow, but to collaborate."

Said Glotzbach in accepting the award, "I stand here on behalf of all the many volunteers and inspirational leaders with whom I have had the privilege of working with on boards and projects. 'It takes a village'—and I am just a small part of that backdrop."

The honoree and her husband, Philip A. Glotzbach, moved to Saratoga Springs from Redlands, Cal., in 2003, when he assumed the Skidmore College presidency. Marie Glotzbach, a lecturer in Skidmore's Department of Theater, has been an arts educator for more than 35 years, serving as a theatre and music teacher, administrator, and theatrical director/producer. She has been active in the leadership of the Educational Theatre Association and was inducted into its hall of fame in 2001.

Within the Saratoga Springs community, she has served on the board of directors of the Universal Preservation Hall and Children & Nature Saratoga, and is currently on the board of Leadership Saratoga, chair of the SaratogaArtsFest board of directors, and a mentor in the Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar program.

She has been honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Foundation for her community service and has been named as one of the top 10 "Women of Influence" by Saratoga Today.


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