For more than 30 years Nancy Trovillion has served as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, and it has been my privilege to work side by side with one of the most talented arts visionaries in the nation. Nancy is not only a co-worker but a mentor and a friend. For these reasons, it is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Nancy will retire at the end of August.
Since joining the Arts Council in 1988 Nancy has helped shape the state’s arts industry with insight, creativity and a passion that has contributed to our growth as a nationally recognized arts agency.
With quiet tenacity, Nancy has championed our arts organizations and artists ensuring they had the resources – financial and otherwise – to serve the citizens of our state with the highest artistic quality.
She developed several of the agency’s grant programs including New Realities, our nationally-recognized capacity building program for arts organizations in partnership with Arts Action Research; and a career development training program for artists in partnership with the Creative Capital Foundation.
Most recently she developed the SmART Initiative’s pilot program, which has been so successful that it is now one of our signature programs and a national model on how the arts transform downtowns and fuel sustainable economic development.
Nancy began her arts career forty-four years ago in Washington, DC, first at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, and then at the National Endowment for the Arts where she met Charles Reinhart and Mary Regan. Reinhart hired Nancy in 1980 to be the American Dance Festival’s Administrative Director where she served until 1988, when she was hired by Mary Regan to be Deputy Director at the North Carolina Arts Council.
Her list of accomplishments is long, and her impact extends from North Carolina to the national arts scene. We’ll be setting a date this summer for her retirement farewell. In the meantime, I know you will join me in thanking Nancy for her outstanding service to North Carolina.