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.
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.
Arts Council Napa Valley provides leadership that unites, supports, and enhances our exceptional arts and culture community.
Throughout Napa County the arts are celebrated, fostering a cultural center that inspires the world.
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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.
Bethany has been involved in the arts from a very young age. A singer and actor from elementary school onward, she earned her BFA in Theatre, cum laude, from the University of Florida, and worked as an actor and voiceover artist for years in New York. Since moving to Napa Valley to be with her husband in 2013, Bethany now enjoys performing and taking various visual art classes as often as she can. A proud member of the Arts Council Napa Valley team since 2017, Bethany is deeply committed to serving the Napa Valley arts community that she loves.
Benjamin comes to the Arts Council with a diverse background, including a degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology and being a visual artist from the age of 12. He holds a firm belief that the arts unify people and can create bridges between varying cultures. This lead him to travel Central America, where he taught music and visual art throughout various countries. Benjamin found himself in Nepal for the 2015 earthquakes, and decided to co-found the 501(c)(3) CASD USA to help the people recover and thrive after the disaster. The nonprofit focuses on rural redevelopment, water systems, and women's empowerment programs. Benjamin now calls Napa Valley home, and is very excited to join the ACNV team. He is looking forward to building relationships to foster a strong, supportive arts community.
At an early age, Connie was destined to become a passionate advocate for arts education influenced by parents who were artists & educators. She received her Masters Degree in Art Education at the University of Hawaii and then for 30 years, taught Visual Art in high schools and colleges in Colorado. As her school district’s arts coordinator, she developed an award-winning K-12 arts curriculum. A leader in Colorado arts education, she helped develop the arts leadership organization ArtSource and was the President of the Colorado Art Education Association. Nationally, she was a writer for the national Standards for Visual Arts & also served as the Vice President of the National Art Education Association. Numerous local, state & national awards were awarded to her for her visionary arts education work. After her retirement, she became a world traveler for 10 years. She recently relocated to Sonoma, California intent on sharing her expertise with local arts organizations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an informational interview.