Wednesday Mar 22nd, 2017
Stacey Glassman Mizener joined YoungArts as Vice President of Development this week. Working alongside President & CEO Carolina García Jayaram, Ms. Glassman will be responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organization’s development efforts to support the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. We had a little chat with Ms. Glassman to introduce her to all our blog readers:
You have a history of supporting artists. Can you share more about yourself and what brought you on this path?
I am grateful to my grandparents, Lorraine and Gerald William, who were patrons of classical music, theater, ballet and opera, and who introduced me to the arts at a young age. As an adult, the arts chose me when Toby Ansin offered me a role in development with the incredible Miami City Ballet. I truly thank her for introducing me to what would be my future and my passion for the arts.
The next mentors that greatly impacted my life were Howard Herring and Victoria Rogers at the New World Symphony. Howard expressed the need to generate excitement around classical music and cultivate a new and younger audience. I then founded the Friends of NWS, an innovative membership program with more than 1,000 patrons that engages the next generation with classical music. This experience was magical because it merged the beautiful art form with a brilliant group of supporters and a new campus to expand the classical music footprint.
Several years ago, I was a judge for the Silver Knight Awards, in Music, and met outstanding and inspired high-school students. I enjoyed every interview I had that day and hoped I would have the opportunity to support youth at this age. My dream came true!
Do you by chance remember your first encounter with YoungArts?
I attended the YoungArts Backyard Ball gala at Bayfront Park, approximately 10 years ago, and was blown away by Lin Arison’s speech and her vision for creating a life-changing experience for thousands of the most talented students throughout the country. I remember the words of the master teachers, Michael Tilson Thomas and Plácido Domingo, along with YoungArts alumna Vanessa Williams. They said the path of the artist was lonely and that through this program, the winners find “their kind,” and form life-long friendships and meet future collaborators. They told the audience how important they felt it is to support artists at this time in their lives, so they feel confident to pursue their passion, often times against the opinions of their families. I saw the young winners perform, heard their life-changing stories and was forever moved by their heartfelt stories.
What are you most excited about in this role as Vice President of Development?
I have the utmost respect for my colleagues, the Board of Trustees, the past and current supporters, and for the mission of the organization. I am honored to work alongside this group to determine the strategic direction of the organization’s fundraising plan in Miami and throughout the country.
Miami has a thriving cultural scene with generous and inspired patrons. My goal is to make our YoungArts programs feel personal and to forge authentic relationships between our patrons and the arts and business communities at large with the outstanding YoungArts programs in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and in Washington, DC.
Through a wide range of programming, performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts is creating a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. I will use every resource I have to strengthen our program and to provide even more opportunities for our deserving youth and alumni throughout the nation.
Are you an artist yourself, or is there a discipline you feel most connected to?
I will always have a strong connection and true passion for classical music, thanks to my 10 years dedicated to the New World Symphony. I am also extremely passionate about genre-bending live music, like the Nu Deco Ensemble.
I am not an artist, but I did joyfully produce more than 60 Friends of NWS performances, and had the pleasure of working with the amazing Fellows at NWS and hundreds of other artists in these collaborations. The Friends model provided a platform for the Fellows to experiment with arranging and composing music while including influences of rock, reggae, soul, funk, jazz and electronic beats. We also collaborated with vocalists, dancers and video artists.
I am thrilled that YoungArts is a multidisciplinary organization and can’t wait to expand my cultural horizon.
Please share a fun fact we didn't know about you!
I have always loved travel and adventurous sports. I was a competitive ice-skater growing up and spent my summers in Vail, Colorado, living in a dorm house with Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie. As an adult, I ran the Venice Marathon in Italy, hiked Mt. Agung in Bali, and have surfed beautiful waves in Hawaii, Bali, St. Bart’s and Huntington Beach.