Glenview Park District Hires New Cultural Arts Supervisor

Ann Marie Shipstad joins the district after an extensive career in nearby park districts and ice facilities.

The Glenview Park District announced today the hire of Ann Marie Shipstad as the new Cultural Arts Supervisor at Park Center.

Shipstad will manage the district’s various arts programs, summer camps and special events. She will also supervise some part-time employees, independent contractors and volunteers.

“We are very excited to have Ann Marie join the Glenview Park District,” said Joe Pollina, Manager of Program Services at Glenview Park District. “She has an extensive performing arts background in theatre as well as figure skating, where she learned all genres of dance as well as choreography. Further, Ann Marie holds her undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Kansas and her Master’s degree from Northwestern University.”

Shipstad joined the Glenview Park District from neighboring Northbrook Park District, where she helped manage sports and ice programming at the Northbrook Sports Center. 

Her background includes titles such as Skating Director at the Glencoe Park District from 2009 to 2011, Director of the Youth Theatre Program and Showcase at Skokie's Centre East Theatre/North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, skating coat in Highland Park and Winnetka.

She also co-founded IceReach, a non-profit ice sports outreach program dedicated to promoting participation, diversity, health and wellness through all ice sports. 

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Deadcatbounce October 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Is this position really necessary? With sky-high property taxes, this position is expendable
Brian Brehart October 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Of course this position is necessary, what kind of ridiculous question is that? And it's because of good programs like this that most people want to live in a town like Glenview, which is what results in the higher property taxes. It's basic supply and demand: there's a huge demand to live on the North Shore, but there is limited supply of places for people to live, so the price is driven up. If you'd like to live in a community with lower taxes that doesn't offer wonderful programs like what this woman will be managing, there's plenty in the North, West and Southern suburbs, feel free to pick one and move there.
Deadcatbounce October 30, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Yeah, I know, everyone wants to live in glenview because we have a cultural arts supervisor at the park district. That's the first thing folks look for. Sorry, but it's the schools and there is a lot of wasted tax money there too.
chris October 30, 2012 at 01:07 PM
People want to live in Glenview because of an arts program at the park district? Run by someone who seems to be an expert at ice skating? Good thing we have that new multi-million dollar ice rink? Or, I guess we will have one soon? Get your checkbooks out.
Deadcatbounce October 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Don't forget about the new clubhouse at national nine for $2.2 M that is so desperately needed. Why is a clubhouses needed for a nine hole, par 3 course! My gosh, the small clubhouse hasn't been replaced at glencoe for 50 years and that is a real golf course. But I guess that is why people want to live in glenview, for the nine hole course and multi million dollar clubhouse that goes with it.


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