Tamara Holmes Brothers Named Deputy Director of the NC Arts Council

Dr. Tamara Holmes Brothers has been named Deputy Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, effective May 11. Dr. Brothers comes to the Arts Council from Duke University, where she is Director of Development & Major Gifts at the Nasher Museum of Art.

In addition to her experience at one of the premier visual art museums in the state, Dr. Brothers worked as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations where she led development efforts and played a central role in achieving the university’s capital campaign goals.

“North Carolina’s arts industry is at a pivotal time as we work together on the recovery from the pandemic. Tamara’s experience in development will be extremely valuable to our agency as it strives to raise more resources for the arts from the private sector,” said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “Her extensive ties to arts programs at historically black colleges and universities across our state will provide opportunities for new collaborations with communities served by our state’s extensive HBCU network.”

Dr. Brothers is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and has a bachelor's degree in art and a Ph.D. from Hampton University. Her dissertation at Hampton focused on the potential of arts integration to help students learn more effectively.

Dr. Brothers also has a master's degree in sport management from West Virginia University, a certificate in historic preservation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a certificate in art as an alternate investment from Sotheby’s Art Institute, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

“My career trajectory has led me to the North Carolina Arts Council, and I’m honored to join the team,” said Dr. Brothers. “The Arts Council is at a critical juncture and I look forward to harnessing my background and passion to benefit arts organizations and artists across the state.”

As a volunteer, Dr. Brothers serves as a member of the boards of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the North Carolina Arts Foundation, Arts North Carolina, and the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and on the national advisory board of Museum Hue, an arts platform for professionals of color. She was the second African American female president of the West Fayetteville Rotary Club and is a former member of the boards of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, a former member of the City of Fayetteville’s Historic Resources Commission, and a founding steering committee member of the Friends of African & African American Art at the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council. She was president of the board of the Hampton University Museum Foundation.