This is how Davina Grace Hill, the new executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County, said she views the impact of the arts on communities.
She begins her tenure next month after her selection for the position following a nationwide search by the council’s selection committee, which reviewed more than 70 applicants.
Hill was born in Europe but moved to New Orleans, La., where her work in college theater sparked her interest in the arts.
Earning a master’s degree in community arts management, her work experience includes a five-year run as executive director of the Chesapeake Arts Center and a 21-year stint with the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, all in Maryland.
Hill’s resume also included positions with the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kansas City Symphony, plus many more leadership positions.
“Art has been my life’s profession and I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of a new community,” Hill said as she toured the center with retiring Executive Director Laura Lieberman last week.
“Art is a valuable tool that people will use more and more to highlight their communities and I am dedicated to helping that effort here in Douglas County,” she said.
Hill said she was unsure where she would like to see the center in a year’s time.
“I haven’t even moved here yet so I am still trying to get my feet on the ground,” she said.