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About Our Founders
Alvin H. Reiss

Recognized by NCCA as one of the 10 Beautiful Minds in America, Alvin H. Reiss was an author, lecturer, teacher, and composer.
Reiss pioneered Arts Management Magazine along with Alvin Toffler in 1962, creating a new industry merging business and the
arts with philanthropy. Reiss played a pioneering role in the arts and other nonprofit areas as educator, author, consultant, and
program innovator. He was the author of six books, more than 500 magazine articles, and numerous studies and reports.
Reiss, one of the most prolific writers on the business of the arts, donated his vast collection of materials on the arts and arts
management to The Ohio State University Fine Arts Library in Columbus, in support of the Department of Art Education's
graduate-level Cultural Policy and Arts Administration Program. The collection includes thousands of books, periodicals, reports,
studies, clippings, tapes, and papers of historical significance.
Always curious, Reiss travelled the four corners of the world with his wife, Ellen, often writing about his experiences for travel
magazines. From the Philharmonic to the theatre to the Knicks, Reiss was a big fan of all that New York had to offer. In later years,
he and his wife Ellen moved to a weekend home in Heritage Hills where he produced several of his shows, including Paul Bunyan,
and wrote a weekly column for the Somers' Record. As a professor at Adelphi and Marymount, he felt that the Arts should be a
part of our everyday lives.

Alvin Tof?er

Alvin Toffler, co-founder of the original Arts Management Magazine in 1962, was the world famous writer and futurist, and
acclaimed author of the seminal best-sellers Future Shock and The Third Wave. Toffler was known for his works discussing the
digital revolution, communication, and technological singularity. His early work focused on technology and its impact through
effects such as information overload.
Toffler coined the term “future shock” as a certain psychological and personal perception of “too much change in too short a
period of time.” An international bestseller, his book sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated. A documentary film
based on the book was released with Orson Welles as on-screen narrator.
Toffler went on to found Toffler Associates, a management consulting company, and was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foun-
dation, visiting professor at Cornell University, faculty member of the New School for Social Research, a White House correspon-
dent, and a business consultant.

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