Touba named as statewide 'Woman of Distinction'

ALBANY - State Sen. Betty Little has awarded Jacquiline Touba of the World Awareness Children's Museum as a state Senate "Woman of Distinction."

Touba was honored at a recent ceremony, along with 15 other women from across the state.

At the event, Little said Touba's record of accomplishments was inspiring.

"Jacquiline Touba's creation of a museum in Glens Falls to educate children and adults about cultural diversity has truly been a labor of love," Little said. "The museum is a testament to a lifetime of learning, teaching and sharing."

Touba deferred the praise to others.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen," Touba said. "I feel that this honor goes far beyond me, for many people have been involved in the establishment of our Museum and my success throughout the years."

Touba is the founding executive director of the Glens Falls-based museum, which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours.

Touba's extensive experience here and abroad as a curator, author, independent scholar, university professor and sociologist inspired her to initiate the International Youth Art Exchange, Little said.

Touba helped create the museum in 1995 with a mission to foster awareness and understanding of worldwide cultural diversity.

The museum's youth art collection features more than 6,000 works of children's art from 69 countries as well as over 3,000 artifacts and educational objects.

Touba received both Mater's degree and a Ph.D. from Purdue University after studying and working at several institutions in Europe.

In the 1970s, she taught sociology and conducted research in Tehran. She has served as a consultant for the University of Cairo and conducted research on social issues affecting Iranian women and children.

Beginning in 1980, Touba taught at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs . In 1984, she founded the International Arts and Culture Association in Glens Falls, which led to the creation of the International Festival of the Adirondacks, International Youth Art Exchange and cultural outreach programs for children.

Touba has won many awards from various sources nationally, and she is a published author. Her extensive research and writings have been featured in many national and international publications and meetings.

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