“Since its founding in 1972, eba has celebrated the creative potential within each individual, and led the way in integrating creativity with daily life,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “As economist and social scientist Richard Florida points out, the creative class is a driving force for economic development in our post-industrial cities. Through her work with eba, Maude continues to provide opportunities for people of all ages and all walks of life to collaborate in design, education, and arts and to experience the sheer joy that arises from creating new ideas. For her unflagging dedication to a vision of a more creative future, we are delighted to honor Maude and eba with the Good Patroon Award.”
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York State Alliance of Arts Education will present the Award at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 32nd season on Wednesday, October 13th. The luncheon’s featured speaker is Travis Bullard, the spokesperson for GlobalFoundries, a microchip producer with a new chip-fab plant under construction in Saratoga County.
“On behalf of everyone at eba, we are so honored to accept the Good Patroon Award,” said Baum. “The lives of those we touch are the real beneficiaries of this award. Without the appreciation and participation of the community, our mission would be vacant. Usually, we work in near-seclusion creating and preparing for a few days of performance for the community. It is wonderful to take a moment and reflect on the value of creativity in our lives – all of our lives.”
To fulfill its mission, eba operates five distinct programs: eba Theater, a historic building on Lark Street which houses all eba programs; everything but anchovies Dance Theatre, eba’s arts-in-education company; eba Center for Dance and Fitness, offering classes for teens, adults and senior citizens; Kids Dancspace @ eba, eba’s school of creative learning for children aged 3-12; and Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre, the oldest and farthest-traveled dance theatre company in the region and has been heralded as Albany’s “Premier Dance Theatre.”
In addition to programming at the Theater, eba’s work with schools, libraries and communities brings Dance Theater and the creative process to students, teachers and families. Special needs students are always integrated into eba classes and workshops, and eba works with a number of at-risk or underserved populations, including clients of St. Catherine’s Center for Children, Parsons Child & Family Center, Glenmont Job Corps, the College of St. Rose, and Girls, Inc.
Throughout the month of September, eba competing for a grant of $250,000 to purchase fitness equipment and remodel the first floor of their Lark Street heaquarters through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Votes can be cast at www.refresheverything.com/ebafitnesscenter.
The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include housing and social justice advocates Roger and Maria Markovics; Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art; Parsons Child and Family Center and its Executive Director Raymond Schimmer; Capital Repertory Theater and its Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill; and the Albany Housing Authority and its Executive Director Stephen Longo.
“When he died in 1839, Stephen Van Rensselaer III was remembered as ‘The Good Patroon’ for his benevolent attitude toward the residents of Rensselaerswyck,” said Ryan. “The Good Patroon Award is the Albany Roundtable’s primary means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Maude and eba with this award.”