Thank you, Barbara Feldman: Arts Council wishes friend, coworker well in retirement

Barbara Feldman, Photo by Harold Shapiro

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is sad to bid farewell to Barbara Feldman, director of marketing and development, who plans to retire at the end of July. Barbara has been a tremendous asset to the Arts Council. Over the past six years, she has shared with us her talent for writing, her vast experience in arts administration, and her passion as an artist. A master grant writer, Barbara’s successful grant proposals have substantially increased the Arts Council’s foundation support. We were one of only 10 Connecticut arts organizations to receive federal stimulus funds from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009. The Arts Council successfully secured two additional NEA grants during Barbara’s tenure.

In 2006, when Betty Monz stepped down as the Arts Council’s executive director, the organization was placed in Barbara’s capable hands. She served as interim executive director for about six months, leading the staff and ensuring the organization’s stability. Barbara is a consummate arts administrator. Prior to working at the Arts Council, she served as director of community programs for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and as executive director of the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

For many years, Barbara, a professional dancer by training, led her modern dance company Barbara Feldman & Dancers and served on Yale University’s dance faculty. She was honored in 2010 by the Connecticut Dance Alliance with a Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to dance in Connecticut.

We will miss many things about Barbara: her deep understanding of New Haven that only a lifelong resident can possess, her many delightful stories about people who have made this community what it is today, her careful proofreading of all things written, her thoughtful ideas, and her support for her colleagues.

Thank you, Barbara, for your friendship, talent, and enthusiasm. We wish you well. May you pursue new creative endeavors and enjoy relaxing and restful nights (free of grant deadlines!).

Cindy Clair
Executive Director
Arts Council of Greater New Haven

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