To recognize and celebrate the many visual and performance arts organizations that enrich the Westerville community, the city has declared 2013 to be “The Year of the Arts.” Otterbein’s arts programs are contributing to the yearlong calendar of events.
The celebration kicked off Jan. 12 with Rhythm and Arts: A Night of Dancing, Art and Delectables. The event featured musical entertainment by the Otterbein student ensemble The Anticipations (see page 4). Six members of the community were honored for their contributions to the arts, including Peter Stafford-Wilson, maestro and music director of the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University.
Elizabeth Minnich Saltzgiver ’99, audience services director in the Department of Theatre and Dance, chaired the Rhythm and Arts event and serves as the Otterbein liaison for the City of Westerville Parks and Recreation Community Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. The fully staged musical production, led by Otterbein University alumni, faculty and staff, will be presented Aug. 2-4 at Westerville Central High School.
For her role as a leader in the arts, Saltzgiver recently was selected to participate in the prestigious Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts Fellowship program. The program is designed to foster and cultivate leadership skills, preparing participants to excel at future careers in high-level and upper-administration positions in the arts.