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No. 1 - Fall 2011
ATC In Our Community
ATC Trustee Zelda Faigen Honored as Arts Board Member of the Year
Board Trustee Zelda Faigen was the recent recipient of the 2011 Arts Board Member of the Year Award by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix. For two decades, A&BC has recognized the vital connection between the arts and business communities at the Business in the Arts Awards Breakfast, that took place Wednesday August 17, 2011 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort. Honorees were selected in six categories: Large Business Partner, Mid-Size Business Partner, Small Business Partner, Arts Organization of the Year, Arts Advocate of the Year and Arts Board Member of the Year.
As a Board member, she is a strong advocate for Arizona Theatre Company. During her first term on the ATC Board of Directors, she was responsible for building a volunteer organization, ATC Associates, reinvigorating the gift shop run by the volunteers and creating and developing "Drama Queens on the Green." “Zelda is a model for what a Trustee should bring to a Board,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein. “Eager to support the mission of the company, generous with her time, and always accessible to our staff when needed. What she has added to our work over the years, particularly in the areas of international presenting and fundraising, has been invaluable. Her smarts, her good counsel and her joyful spirit have made her beloved by our staff and by her fellow Trustees.”
Ms. Faigen also served as the President of the UK/AZ Foundation where she achieved funding for several remaining projects for the recent UK/AZ Festival, including the underwriting of the Royal National Theatre’s production of Hamlet. She also served as the Executive Director of the UK/AZ Festival, a month-long British festival with 150 cultural, economic and educational events throughout Arizona. She was instrumental in bringing Royal National Theatre’s Othello to Phoenix as well as Princess Anne to open the Festival and the production.
Ms. Faigen has worked on several other international projects including serving as the co-chair and Mayor’s liaison for the America Japan Week. This was a week-long cultural festival presented in a different American city each year featuring 2,000 performers from Japan.
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix provides increased benefit to businesses by way of exposure throughout the community, growth and enrichment in leadership skills and experience for executives and key management, and business-to-business opportunities by offering a broad range of programs and services that connect to the arts, cultural and business communities through leadership and board governance training, volunteerism, workshops and events. Its mission is to grow leaders and inspire involvement to enrich the entire community.