Big News at Triangle ArtWorks – Capacity Building Grant from Duke Energy and New Board Members Take Us to the Next Level

TAW_square_tagTriangle ArtWorks is taking big steps forward this year, thanks to a capacity building grant from Duke Energy. Triangle ArtWorks is a nonprofit that is fast becoming a centerpoint for the Triangle arts community.

ArtWorks Already Impacting Triangle Region

This year, there has been incredible growth in the recognition of Triangle ArtWorks’ impact and the need for our platform and network. Working efficiently with volunteers and local partners has allowed us to create programs that are already benefiting the Region, despite minimal funding and an all-volunteer staff. Arts and economic development leaders across the Triangle recognize the impact this organization is already having, as well as the need for its expansion.

As Nate McGaha, Executive Director of the Carolina Ballet explains, “Triangle Arts Works serves a vital role in the infrastructure that helps the arts to survive and thrive in the area. They serve as a valuable resource for both artists and arts organizations by connecting, educating and energizing their constituents. They facilitate collaboration of ideas and resources across a variety of issues and projects, while also acting as a valuable advocate for how crucial arts and culture are to growing and sustaining the Creative Economy in the Triangle.” Dianne Reed, president of Chatham County Arts Council, adds “We have an amazing community of creative people in the region but, for the most part, they labor alone. By encouraging collaboration, cross-pollination and growing resources, Triangle Art Works is filling a void in the local economy and providing support for our extensive arts cluster. Their work is vital for the Triangle and its arts community.”

Duke Energy Grant Supports ArtWorks Transition to Sustainable Nonprofit

Thanks to a Capacity Building grant from Duke Energy, Triangle ArtWorks has been able to hire nonprofit consultant Maggie Clay Love to help ArtWorks reach the next step. Her work will include board development, and assuming additional funding, a full organizational assessment. ArtWorks’ success has stretched the minimal volunteer staffs’ capacity to maintain the platform and current programs, while also working on fundraising and organizational development. Love’s work will bring the organizational and financial stability needed to ensure that Triangle ArtWorks can continue to grow and serve the Triangle arts community.

Four Regional Leaders Join Triangle ArtWorks Board

Crucial to the success of this work is a strong Board of Directors. In its July meeting, ArtWorks’ Board of Directors welcomed four new members: Richard Holly, Brandon Huffman, Andrea Mia and Melanie Stoer.

Richard Holly
Rich Holly is the Executive Director of ARTS NC STATE, having joined NC State University in this capacity in 2015. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Rich served as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where he was also a Professor of Percussion for 32 years. Rich has been active in numerous arts ventures. He was a founding board member of the DeKalb (IL) Area Arts Council and active with the Rockford Arts Council. He was co-chair of the Higher Education Board for Arts Alliance Illinois, Panel Lead for the Arts in Education Panel of Chicago Public Schools, and collaborated frequently with the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools on a variety of arts initiatives. Active in arts advocacy, he frequently consults for arts organizations and school system arts programs. As a percussionist, Rich Holly remains active as a solo performer and clinician, and has appeared over 300 times at schools, colleges, universities, conventions and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and South America. Rich received his formal training at the State University of New York at Potsdam and East Carolina University.

Brandon Huffman
Brandon J. Huffman is an attorney at Hutchison, PLLC in Raleigh. His practice focuses primarily on interactive media, internet and technology startups. Brandon counsels creative clients on day-to-day legal and business issues, intellectual property law and strategic business planning. Brandon also chairs our Law + ArtWorks committee.

Andrea Mia
Andrea’s corporate career was predominantly in the film business, working with directors and writers helping them clarify their visions and see them through to the screen. She has lived and worked in the USA, Japan and the Netherlands. Andrea is determined to help leaders and creatives make high-impact sustainable behavioral change. The hallmark of Andrea’s work is helping clients generate insight and translate that into action quickly. Andrea’s client list includes a broad cross section of industries and cultural backgrounds. She has coached at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where she has received a certification in Cross-Cultural Savvy and is currently training for accreditation with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in Presence-Based Coaching. Andrea also has degrees from Columbia University in Philosophy and University of Southern California in Film Producing.

Melanie Stoer
Melanie Stoer is a local Raleigh glass artist and business consultant. After earning her B.A. in Business Management from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, Melanie spent 15 years in the business world working in marketing and analysis. In 2008, she was certified by Synectics World as a creativity trainer. As a trainer, Melanie works with clients interested in team-building and innovation to generate, nurture and implement new ideas, processes, etc. As a glass artist, Melanie exhibits her work at local shops and galleries, and participates in art festivals in Raleigh and beyond. She is also an instructor at Pullen Arts Center, teaching glass fusing and slumping to adult students.

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