On April 23, Carole Horowitz will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ames Community Arts Council.


The award is given to a person who has “demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the arts in Ames by freely sharing their outstanding talents and making a significant impact in the community,” according to ACAC.


Horowitz has done just that since she moved here with her husband Jack in 1962. For the past 55 years, she has actively served and supported the local arts community, but she is quick to point out, “I’m not done yet!”


Horowitz is president, program director and production supervisor for the Ames Children’s Theater, which she co-founded in 1968. The organization gives children in Ames and surrounding communities an opportunity to participate in theater in a supportive and educational environment, free of charge.


Horowitz also hosts two radio shows on KHOI-FM. Every other Thursday at noon, she does a live show, “KHOI Previews the Arts and Heart of Iowa.” And every Saturday at 2 p.m., she teams up with Roger Berger for “Curtain Up!,” where the topic each week is a Broadway musical.


As a child, Horowitz — a proud native of Brooklyn, N.Y. — enjoyed many excursions to Manhattan to see shows on Broadway. “My mother was very talented and beautiful and had a great love of the arts. From the time I was very small, we would go ‘into the city,’ as we called it, and see vaudeville shows and films and shows on Broadway.”


Horowitz studied speech pathology and drama at Brooklyn College, where she got her bachelor’s degree, and she’d planned to go into professional radio or become a theatrical agent.


“But Jack swept me off my feet,” she said. “And coming to Ames was my honeymoon.”


“My husband came here for his first job as a professor. We came from New York and it wasn’t going to be for long,” she said. “We didn’t have bagels in Ames then. We didn’t have a Chinese restaurant. Times have really changed. We didn’t have the Iowa State Center. So a lot of things have happened since we came — and we stayed.”


Horowitz was a new bride when she arrived in Ames; her husband Jack, who died in 2013, was a professor of biochemistry and in the early-1960s had a grant that was to last for between one and three years.


“One-to-three years and I got life,” Horowitz said, an example of the wit for which she is well-known.


One of the things Horowitz loves about Ames: “It’s a make-it-happen town,” she said. “If you have an idea that’s positive, there are other people in this community who are going to join you and make it happen. Everything that I have ever done here has been with other people.


“Any success we have had — with Children’s Theater, with Arts Council, with anything — it’s always because you’re ‘with.’”


People mean a lot to Horowitz. Children mean a lot to Horowitz. She gets annoyed when people refer to “other people’s children.”


“They are people unto themselves,” she said. “And I know Children’s Theater has enriched and changed lives. And many of our past participants have gone into professional theater or it has enhanced their lives.”


She has two grown sons: Michael and his wife Betsy, who live in Austin, Texas, and have two teenage daughters, Lena and Rachel; and Jeffrey and his wife Michelle, who live in Ann Arbor, Mich., and have a 9-year-old son Eli.


“Michael and Jeff and Jack all got Ph.D.s,” Horowitz said. “But I have the equivalent degree: MOM.”


The vast experience she has accumulated in the last 50-plus years is a testament to that: Steering Committee for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Iowa; freelance arts columnist for the Ames Tribune for nearly 20 years; member of the Public Arts Commission; information specialist at Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; publicist for ISU Theatre; self-employed public relations consultant; board of directors for the Ames Community Art Council — just to name a few.


Horowitz also gained valuable experience volunteering when her husband went on sabbatical. During their time away from Ames, she was an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. She volunteered in Washington, D.C., for the membership department of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; visitor services at the Holocaust Museum; and in public programming for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


Horowitz will receive her Lifetime Achievement Award during the Arts Awards Celebration on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.