Happy New Year


Dear Arts Council Members and Supporters of the Arts,

            On behalf of the Arts Council board, and myself, we wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. The Arts Council has been working hard to bring the arts to the community and the community to the arts. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience. I want to personally thank all of the Arts Council Board of Directors for their unwavering commitment towards our mission to enrich the cultural life in Williamson County. I would also like to thank the numerous members that have volunteered their countless time and energy. We could not accomplish as much as we do without you.

            As we enter into the New Year, I would like to announce that after proudly serving 4 terms as President, I will be stepping down in 2015. It has been an honor to serve this great organization and community. I am so proud of all that the Arts Council has accomplished over the years. I am not going anywhere though. I plan to remain on the Board and support all of our exciting future ventures.

            On January 1, 2015, Nan Zierden starts as the new Arts Council of Williamson County’s President. I couldn’t be happier to have someone of Nan’s experience to take my place. Nan has more than 15 years experience in the non-profit field and most recently worked at the Tennessee Arts Commission in Arts Education and as the Visual Arts Program director. In addition, she has worked with many individual artists in different capacities, freelanced with the Curb Center at Vanderbilt, worked in public relations and marketing at the Phoenix Art Museum and got her start at a small grassroots Arts Center. She earned her masters in Arts Administration at Boston University and bachelors at the University of Utah.  Nan lives in Franklin with her husband and two elementary age children. Her background in non-profit arts management and her extreme passion for the arts will lead the Arts Council into a new and exciting era.

            Please join me in welcoming Nan to the Arts Council. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2015 as we embrace the future of the arts in our community. Wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year.

In Gratitude,

            Linda McLaughlin


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