Greetings from the Executive Director
I couldn’t be happier to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. I come to the position as a lifelong arts administrator, with a passion for policy and belief in importance and right for all to have access to the arts and arts education. It’s an honor to lead the charge for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, backed by an incredibly talented team and a group of Commissioners who are equally passionate access for the communities in which they live and represent.
I come to this position standing on the shoulders of several great Executive Directors before me with whom I had the great privilege to work: Peggy Baggett, Foster Billingsley and Margi Vanderhye. I look forward to building upon the legacy they each left with this agency, and ever increasing the impact of the arts in communities across the Commonwealth.
As you may or may not know, this week is National Arts in Education Week, which celebrates the transformative power of the arts. I invite you to learn more about celebrations taking place across the country this week
, share your own story of how the arts have impacted you, using #BecauseOfArtsEd, and read more below about exciting events happening across the state that are working to advance arts education for all.
Very truly yours,