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Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, Re-Elected to National Advisory Council

Triangle ArtWorks Executive Director Re-Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Members of Americans for the Arts have re-elected Triangle ArtWorks Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, as a member of their Private Sector Advisory Council for a second term. Yerxa will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. In the Private Sector Council, Yerxa will work with fellow arts leaders to develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and serve as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

“I am pleased to welcome these members back to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and these leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud them for their valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

“I am thrilled to be re-elected and to be able to work with my fellow Council members to look at the changing field of “arts work”.  I believe we are in a period of major change for how arts organizations, working artists, and arts and creative businesses are seen and how they are impacting our economies, communities,  innovation, and lives. ” say, Yerxa. “These changes in the field demand that we look at new ways  to not only provide services and support for people working in the arts sector, but also new ways for this sector to work and collaborate with other business sectors. The Private Sector Council consists of leaders from both arts and creative economy organizations, which allows us to provide great feedback and insight on these issues from the field nationally. For Triangle ArtWorks and the Triangle Region we serve, my service on this Council also keeps us abreast of these changing trends, as they happen, which helps guide our work in the Triangle.”

Potential council members were nominated in September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 15, 2019. Yerxa will serve a two-year term, from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. 


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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks – Leigh Ann Wilder

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running. Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.


Leigh Ann WIlder and ArtWorks founder Beth Yerxa, back talking arts in a bar….how it all began. Leigh Ann Wilder

Leigh Ann Wilder

Leigh Ann was there at the beginning. Leigh Ann and ArtWorks Founder Beth Yerxa met while Beth was serving on the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and Leigh Ann on a CORAC Committee.  They spent months brainstorming around how to address some unmet needs they both saw in the Triangle’s arts community.  Togther they met and listened to people in the community and pulled together the “bones” of the idea for what is now ArtWorks.  While Beth took the idea and made it into Triangle ArtWorks, Leigh Ann was a founding Board member and served on the Strategic Planning committee.  Leigh Ann is now Arts in Communities Director at NC Arts Council and continues to be a champion for ArtWorks and sounding board for our Director.

Why are you willing to give your time/talents to support Triangle ArtWorks.

“From initial concept, Triangle ArtWorks was about collaboration and what could be realized if the arts groups in the Triangle were really talking to each other. I’ve been a board member, employee, donor, participant and volunteer among Raleigh arts groups for years. I’ve been to gatherings where the agenda was to bring Triangle arts groups together, but it was really a marketing pitch –more prescribed than organic.

The conversations about Triangle ArtWorks were wholly different from the beginning. These conversations were about vision and services and building a platform to support the creatives in the Triangle.”

Why do you think that Triangle ArtWorks is important for the Triangle arts community and the Triangle itself.

“Everybody in the arts are working at their capacity. We need an organization to help us look beyond our next event or program and take stock in the collective riches we have as an arts community. We need help building a regional identity.”

You too can support the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing for the Triangle’s arts business community.  Donate here.  This week, your donation will be doubled in our Matching Gift Challenge!  Donate today!

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