Arts Council bids farewell to Betty Monz

Elizabeth Monz stepped down as the executive director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven at the end of July. In an effort to both spend more time with family and to persue additional professional interests, Monz will begin work as a major gift officer for Choate Rosemary Hall effective September 7, 2006. Development and marketing director Barbara Feldman, who will not be a candidate for the position, will serve as acting director until the search committee fills the position in the fall.

" It has been such a pleasure to lead this organization for the past four years," Monz said. " I am honored to have had the support, input and most importantly the friendship of our staff, the dedicated board and members of this wonderful arts community."

Betty Monz joined the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in the fall of 2000 as the head of the Regional Cultural Plan. In this position, she led New haven's revitalization through the arts and incorporated the goals of the Regional Cultural Plan into the Arts Council's strategy. In September of 2002, Monz replaced current Alderwomen Frances T. "Bitsie" Clark as the Arts Council's executive director.

" The Arts Council is extremely grateful to Betty Monz for her years of dedicated leadership," said Arts Council Board President Pat Sweet. " During her tenure, Betty has applied extraodinary vision and talent to this organization and has truly embodied the Arts Council mission fo expanding the arts and enriching the region.

"We are extremely fortunate to have had two amazing executive directors, and we look forward to finding the next person to carry on the tradition."

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