Annual Meeting: Arts Awards Theme, New Board Members, More

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July 27, 2017

Welcomes Incoming Board Members & Honors Outgoing Board Members

New Haven, Connecticut – The Arts Council of Greater New Haven held its 53rd Annual Meeting Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Former Executive Director and member of the honorary committee of the Arts Awards Bitsie Clark, announced the theme of the organization’s 37th annual Arts Awards, to be held Dec. 1, 2017: Creative Ecosystem.

At the meeting, the Arts Council welcomed two new individuals to the Arts Council’s Board of Directors:
• Greg Nobile, Branford-based entertainment and hospitality entrepreneur who holds the distinction of the being the youngest Tony Award winning producer on Broadway. As Executive Producer at Seaview Productions, Nobile has produced the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Side Show and Hughie, the Olivier Award winning revival of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton and Show Boat on London’s West End. Nobile also produces film and manages an extensive investment portfolio of global entertainment investments. He is also the co-founder of The Stand, a BBQ restaurant and bar, and a Crain’s New York 40 Under 40.
• Genevive (Gigi) Walker is a longtime resident of Connecticut who attended New Haven Public Schools and Education Center for the Performing Arts (ECA). She is a former teacher in New Haven and Hamden school systems. She has nurtured her passion for developing youth through her service in afterschool programs, summer youth development programs, and youth ministry programs throughout the region. Walker is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Connecticut Center for Arts in Technology (ConnCAT) in New Haven, CT where she previously served as Director of Programs, engineering and overseeing the Youth Arts After School and Summer Programs at ConnCAT and after-school arts programs at Lincoln Bassett School.

“We are thrilled to welcome Greg and Gigi, who both embody the spirit of New Haven’s arts community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table,” Fitzmaurice said. “We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen our community.”

Nobile and Walker join the following to make up the Arts Council’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors: Rick Wies, President; Daisy Abreu, Vice President; Wojtek Borowski, Vice President; Ken Spitzbard, Treasurer; Mark Potocsny, Secretary; Robert Dannies; James Gregg; Todd Jokl; Mark Kaduboski; Greg Marazita; Rachel Mele; Frank Mitchell; Eileen O’Donnell; John Pancoast
The Arts Council also recognized the tremendous contribution of outgoing Board Members: Susan Cahan; Jocelyn Maminta; Josh Mamis; Elizabeth Meyer; Dexter Singleton; David Silverstone; and Richard Stahl.

The evening featured a dramatic performance by Toto Kisaku, a native of Democratic Republic of Congo who studied drama in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa (INA). As a refugee since December 2015, he is redefining his artistic expression based on the drama that his country of origin is experiencing as well as the country that has welcomed him. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is the fiscal sponsor for Kisaku’s upcoming project, Requiem for an Electric Chair, a play based on his own refugee story in collaboration with producer Hanifa Washington and artists Susan McCaslin and Sarah Zunda.
About The Arts Council of Greater New Haven: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, publisher of The Arts Paper, is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council online at, call 203-772-2788, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @newhavenarts, or Instagram @newhavenarts. #ArtEverywhereNHV



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