Toby Orenstein Chosen as Arts Advocate of the Year
Toby Orenstein, founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA), has been named the 2012 Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year by Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
The award recognizes an individual whose advocacy efforts have significantly increased support for and public recognition of the arts in Maryland. Maryland Citizens for the Arts said in a statement that Ms. Orenstein has served the Maryland arts community for more than 50 years "with an emphasis on using theatre to better the lives of children."
"Toby's work with CCTA is all volunteer, and her passion and commitment to the arts in Maryland truly shine through this labor of love," said Christopher West, an MCA Trustee, in a statement.
CCTA has built on Ms. Orenstein's early inspiration to motivate and stimulate disaffected and underprivileged youth to learn through the arts. Today, the Center offers a variety of performance arts programs for youth, professional productions that are related to school curriculum, and outreach programs to make the arts available to the neediest students in the region.
CCTA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year, and is planning a gala event on April 30.
"Advocating for the arts has been my passion throughout my life," Ms. Orenstein said. "I am honored by this award."
Ms. Orenstein is also the owner of Toby's Dinner Theatres in Columbia and Baltimore. Last year, she received the Chamber's Exemplar Award in recognition of her career achievement and her extraordinary service and commitment to the business community.
Ms. Orenstein will be honored at Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis on February 8. The presentation will be in the Miller Senate Building's President's Conference Center at 12:45 p.m.
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