SaratogaArtsFest announces new board chair, two new board members
Date: January 23, 2013
Contact: Bob Kimmerle
The SaratogaArtsFest board of directors has named local arts leader Dee Sarno as the organization’s new board chair. In addition, the ArtsFest has elected two new board members—Susan Brome, executive director of the Empire State Youth Orchestras, and Jael Polnac, an attorney.
Sarno replaces Marie Glotzbach, who played a pivotal role in the founding of SaratogaArtsFest in 2007 and has served as chair of the board since the organization’s inception. Glotzbach will continue her membership on the board.
The annual ArtsFest is a four-day citywide celebration of the arts held in June at venues throughout Saratoga Springs. The upcoming festival is scheduled for June 6-9.
Sarno, who retired as executive director of the Saratoga County Arts Council (now Saratoga Arts) in January 2007, is credited with helping to advance that organization from a fledgling operation to one of the premier mid-size arts councils in New York State. She began with the Saratoga Arts Council as a part-timer in 1988 and worked there for 19 years.
“Marie Glotzbach’s visionary leadership has been the catalyst for the creation and evolution of an organization that has become a vital component of the arts community,” said Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest. “Dee Sarno’s broad reach and deep contributions make her uniquely qualified to lead the organization through its next stage of development.”
Sarno currently serves as a board member of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and as chair of the Saratoga Vital Aging Network, and she is a member of Soroptimists, an international philanthropic group devoted to “women helping women.” She was an appointed member of the Empire State Plaza Art Commission, a grant panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and a peer consultant for the Arts in New York State. Her many board memberships over the years have included Home Made Theater, NYS Partners for Arts Education, Caffe Lena, the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Program, and the Saratoga NAACP. She previously served on the board of SaratogaArtsFest, during 2007-09.
Her many honors include the Rotary Education Award from the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, the Woman of Distinction Award from the Adirondack Council of Girl Scouts, the Albany League’s Capital District Art Award, and Professional of the Year Award from the William B. Reed Foundation. In 1999, on behalf of the Saratoga County Arts Council, Sarno accepted the Organizational Award for Advancing Cultural Development in New York State at a ceremony in Lincoln Center.
“I feel privileged to be working with Marie Glotzbach, the ArtsFest board, and the ArtsFest operations team, an amazing group of people who understand how important the arts are to the quality of life in our area,” said Sarno. “It’s exciting to see so many volunteers, including Arts Partners, Community Partners, and businesses, working together in support of SaratogaArtsFest.”
Added Sarno, “This is a true community endeavor, and I’m looking forward to interacting with the musicians, writers, visual artists, dancers, and others who will enlighten, inspire, entertain, and delight our audiences.”
Sarno, a native of North Shore Hills, Long Island, moved to Saratoga Springs with her family in 1987, after stints in Roanoke, Va. and Syracuse, N.Y. She and her husband, AJ, have three grown children, six grand children, and two step-grandchildren.
Dee Sarno and Marie Glotzbach