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March 17, 2014

Arts center director named

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown woman who started her career as an AmeriCorps worker for Bottle Works is now returning to serve as its director. Angela Anne Rizzo was named executive director of the Cambria City arts center Monday, board President John Yerger said.

Rizzo, currently development director for the Learning Lamp, was chosen from a list of 36 candidates in a search that began in January, said Rosemary Pawlowski, a Bottle Works founder who serves on the nonprofit’s 13-member board.

Rizzo, of Westmont, will officially assume her Bottle Works role April 8, Yerger said in a press release.

“I’m thrilled. Because to me, this isn’t just a job, it’s getting a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Rizzo, whose first foray in the field was as Bottle Works’ activities director during her time as an AmeriCorps worker in 2006.

She said she’s eager to get started.

“I want to stick to the organization’s roots in keeping people here connected to their cultural history ... but I also want to bring in some edgy exhibits, things that will open our doors to more people and organizations.”

Rizzo is a Penn State graduate who received her master’s degree in public administration from the Pitt in 2010.

David Hurst is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.

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