About

As the official local arts agency in Napa County, it is our role to connect, advocate and lead the arts community countywide. By building a network of advocates, organizing policy initiatives, and empowering the industry through education, information, and resources, we serve to benefit all residents with a more sustainable, accessible and quality local arts scene.  Our current core programs focus on communication, cultural tourism, public art, and K-12 education.

Background

Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) began in 1963, founded by a small grassroots group of passionate community leaders to help organize and support the community's arts activities.  In 1981 the then volunteer team incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to accept donations and apply for grants to grow its breadth of services.  Today ACNV is a professionally-run organization designated as the county’s agency, executing services countywide through professional staff and expert program consultants.

  • Mission

    Arts Council Napa Valley provides leadership that unites, supports, and enhances our exceptional arts and culture community.

  • Vision

    Throughout Napa County the arts are celebrated, fostering a cultural center that inspires the world.

  • Values

    Innovation. Inclusivity. Collaboration. Integrity. Strategy. Fun.


Staff

  • Olivia Everett

    Olivia Everett

    President & CEO

    Olivia has served as President and CEO of Arts Council Napa Valley since March 2012. Prior to her current position, Olivia spent two years as an ACNV board member as well as President and Co-Founder of Wandering Rose, an alternative arts organization serving next generation Napa County residents. Olivia graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Cinematic Arts including an Honors Certificate from the Institute for Multimedia Literacy.

  • Colette Schow

    Colette Schow

    Executive Assistant

    Prior to her current position, Colette earned a degree in Public Relations and studied music extensively since age 8, including performing and academic music arts. Having been a musician and arts advocate for over 15 years, Colette is passionate about forwarding the arts in the Napa community.


Board of Directors

Arts Council Napa Valley’s board of directors represent a diverse cross-section of Napa County’s local arts, business, education, and community leadership. Together the board of directors are responsible for governing the organization through financial oversight, strategic vision, and policy - guiding ACNV’s direction for advocacy and services in the community, relevant to the current and future needs of the arts.

Directors are elected to the Board annually, each serving a three-year term, beginning July 1 of each year. If you are interested in serving on the board, elections are held each year in June with an annual deadline of April 30th for consideration. Please download the application and responsibilities packet for further information or contact Olivia Everett at olivia@artscouncilnv.org to set up an informational interview. 

  • Carlene Moore

    Carlene Moore

    Immediate Past Chair, Arts Council Napa Valley
    CEO, Napa County Fair Association

  • Shelly Hanan

    Shelly Hanan

    Chair, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Photographer

  • Judd Wallenbrock

    Judd Wallenbrock

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Managing Partner & CEO of The Good Life Wine Collective

  • Mechele Manno

    Mechele Manno

    Vice Chair, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Associate Dean, Upper Valley Campus, NVC

  • Omar Peña

    Omar Peña

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Recruiter, Long Meadow Ranch

  • Steven Rea

    Steven Rea

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    CEO & Owner Representative, The Reserve Group

  • Robert Parker

    Robert Parker

    Treasurer, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Vice President of Administrative Services for Napa Valley College

  • Brad Wagenknecht

    Brad Wagenknecht

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Napa County Supervisor, District 1

  • Christopher DeNatale

    Christopher DeNatale

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Sr. Director of Marketing & Development, Lincoln Theater

  • Cathi Wastal

    Cathi Wastal

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Wine Country Marketing Manager - 7x7.com, Sales & Marketing - Very Napa Valley

  • Richard Hall

    Richard Hall

    Director, Arts Council Napa Valley
    Chief Financial Officer, Lede Family Wines


Program Consultants

  • Robin Hampton

    Robin Hampton

    Arts & Education Network Coordinator
  • Ron Gruesbeck

    Ron Gruesbeck

    Communication Art & Technology
  • Jordan Stanton

    Jordan Stanton

    Membership & Development Coordinator
  • Danielle Smith

    Danielle Smith

    Arts in April Producer

Arts Council Napa Valley 501(c)3 is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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