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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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.
Christopher DeNatale has worked for 20 years in the areas of Event Production, PR, Media Marketing, Non-Profit Leadership, Fund Raising, Venue Management and Audience Development. He has worked for CBS, iHeartMedia, Granite Broadcasting, Entercom Communications, Cumulus Radio, and The SF Media Company where he rose to the position of Vice President of Integrated Marketing. He has also held the position of Marketing Director for City Winery Napa, a national music venue, ArtistWorks, an online music learning start-up, and at Lincoln Theater where he was promoted to the position of Foundation Director. He most recently served as the Marketing & Events Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. He has produced events with and for Live Nation, This Is My Brave, Symphony Napa Valley, the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Jose SaberCats and the Oakland Athletics. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in English and Communication. He currently serves as Chair of the Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, is a former member of the City of Napa Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley Class 30. He lives in Napa with his wife Julia and three children all of who are active participants in the performing arts in Napa County.
Crysta has been immersed in the arts since she was a child. She has taken classes for and personally explored many art mediums over the years. For most of her adolescent years, she was living in Napa, so she feels a strong personal connection to the community. She graduated with a BA in English from CSU, Sacramento in 2019 and is excited to be able to use her combined knowledge of arts and language to be able to benefit the artistic community of Napa Valley through her position as the Programs and Administration Associate.
Karen Provenza comes to the Arts Education Alliance uniquely qualified to guide our marketing efforts. Not only is she an experienced arts educator, she has over twenty years experience in television production and marketing. She was responsible for a multi-million branding campaign for Warner Bros. Television and, as creative director at KOFYTV20, oversaw the production of the San Francisco Pride Parade, Bay Area Music Awards as well as mayoral and gubernatorial debates. Prior to that, she anchored the news with Frank Somerville at KFTY-TV50 in Santa Rosa. Once her daughter was launched, Karen was free to follow her first love, teaching. For the past fourteen years, she’s worked for NVUSD, earning recognition for co-designing a fully integrated visual and performing arts freshmen language arts curriculum for New Technology High. She has also taught creative writing and photography courses. An accomplished short story writer, Karen has recently begun to explore the visual arts. Most afternoons you’ll find her in her garage experimenting with different mediums. Friends--many former students--often join her in what has become a neighborhood art space.
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.