Arts Council Napa Valley is proud to announce that Jamie Graff, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Nimbus Arts, has been selected as the 2015 Napa County Arts Hero.
The ACNV board of directors unanimously approved the selection of Ms. Graff for this honor from over 34 publicly submitted nominations. The now annual Arts Hero honor distinguishes a community member for their exemplary commitment to the arts in Napa County.
A Calistoga resident, Ms. Graff is well known for directing and co-founding the St. Helena based Nimbus Arts since 2005. Nimbus Arts is a community-driven educational arts organization that provides high quality and high impact arts experiences for adults and children. Ms. Graff's civic-minded approach has lead to programs like the Mariposa Project, Dia de los Muertos Celebration, and Napa River environmental arts and performance project utilizing the power of the arts to engage the community in vital cultural and social issues. Additionally, the diverse array of regular classes and special events, like the annual Nimbash, inspire the community through creativity and provide local artists with fare-wage teaching opportunities.
Prior to her work at Nimbus Arts, Ms. Graff was a winemaker, agricultural educator and small business owner as well as founder of the Napa Valley Soapbox Derby and St. Helena Harvest Festival Fun Run.
When speaking of her passion for fostering artists, Ms. Graff said,
"I marvel at the art of writing, painting, and sculpting in the same way I admire someone who is passionate about preparing a beautiful meal or able to describe the intricate function of a bee colony. 'The artist' exists in all of us and when given room, surfaces in so many ways."
Ms. Graff will be presented with this honor at the Arts in April launch party this coming Thursday, April 2 at 6pm (see below). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.