EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Joel Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joel earned a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and his MA and PhD in English from UC Irvine, and in a previous life he taught at Texas Tech and Syracuse Universities, received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and was an Ahmanson-Getty Fellow of the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Culture, and published 17 articles, book chapters, and reviews on topics in early modern British culture and contemporary critical theory. He left academia in 2002 to focus on community non-profit work and relocate to the Saratoga area; soon after he settled here he drove past the Arts Center and said to himself “that’s where I want to work.” In 2003 was hired as Saratoga Arts’ Associate Director, and in January 2007 he was appointed its Executive Director following the retirement of its founding Director, Dee Sarno.
Joel has served on grant selection panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Arts and Business Council of New York; he has been on the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association and the New York Multi-Arts Center Consortium, and on various planning committees for SaratogaArtsFest and the MOHU Festival. Joel is currently on the steering committee of Arts NYS, a coalition of the Executive Directors of New York’s community arts centers and councils that provides the arts community opportunities to discuss arts funding in the New York State Budget with elected officials; he also serves on the Saratoga Springs Arts Commission.
The multi-arts spectrum served by Saratoga Arts suits Joel’s eclectic tastes, but underground experimental music is his passion, and he’s often tracking that down in basements, bike shops, galleries and theaters across the Capital Region. Occasionally he gets outside too, and has made a number of treks in the Himalayan mountains and villages of Kashmir and the western Tibetan plateau.
Alisa comes to Saratoga Arts with nearly 10 years of professional experience in all aspects of arts administration from program development to database management and finances. As the Assistant Director at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Alisa coordinated a program that served over 200 faculty, staff and visiting artists all over New York State. From her most recent work as the Database Coordinator at the Interational Center for Photography she will bring experience in metrics analysis – to better serve student needs and improve enrollment – and substantial experience in marketing and database management. Prior to her work with the International Center for Photography and the New York State Summer School of the Arts, she held staff and internship positions with The Palace Theater, Tanglewood Music Center, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the National Museum of Dance. Alisa has a BA in Music from Barnard College and an MA in Arts Administration from Florida State University.
Prior to retiring to Saratoga Springs, Mary attended Art Students’ League of New York (1985-1993), exhibited drawings and paintings in solo and group shows in NYC and worked as a Gallery Assistant in a small, privately-owned art gallery in SoHo, a drafter, a CADD Coordinator in the very, early days of computer graphics, and a Nanny. She believes that all Art is a process of self-discovery and communication and as such is vitally important to a community’s well-being, and therefore she joined Saratoga Arts and began volunteering at The Arts Center in 2009. She joined the staff in 2013, when thanks to her commitment the Arts Center Gallery was able to remain open on both Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. Her work has since grown to 4 or 5 days a week, when she not only keeps an eye on the gallery and engages visitors in discussions about the local arts scene, but also coordinates Saratoga Arts’ First Night and year-round volunteers.