A Princeton resident since the mid-1960s, Anne Reeves built a legacy: founding director of the Arts Council of Princeton who helped spearhead the hugely successful town-gown celebration, Communiversity, held each spring in downtown Princeton. An artist-in-residence studio in the Arts Council’s new building is named after her.
But she is not idle. She hosts a weekly TV program called CONNECT, which highlights interesting programs and people of Princeton and is produced at Princeton Community Television’s studios.
She is also preparing for the third year of a program for children entitled “The Red Umbrella,” part of the minority education committee of the Princeton Regional Schools, which meets Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. at the Mary Moss Park on John Street. A different storyteller is featured each week. Gently used books are circulated and each child is given three books of their choice. This is followed by a watermelon party. The program is sponsored by the Minority Education Committee of the Princeton Regional Schools.
She sits on the boards of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Arts Council of Princeton. The LALDEF is designed to welcome and assist Latin American families and individuals with activities such as health fairs and language assistance and is currently active issuing ID Cards in the Princeton community. “It’s a truly exciting program,” says Reeves, whose interest seems to dovetail with that of her frequent companion, Paul Sigmund. “It welcomes everyone in our community.”
Paul Sigmund, 81, a Princeton resident, is professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University, specializing in political theory and Latin American politics.
Since retiring in 2005 he has taught one or two courses a year at Princeton, most recently a freshman seminar on Chile this spring. In the fall he will be teaching a course on Latin American politics in the Evergeen Forum program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Until 2009 he was president of Princeton in Latin America, a program that sends recent Princeton graudates on service fellowships in Latin America.
He was the husband of Princeton mayor Barbara Boggs Sigmund, who died in 1990.