The Mission of the Brunswick Arts Council is to support, sustain, enhance and cultivate the arts in Brunswick County making cultural events, arts education and appreciation of the arts available to the diverse range of county residents.

Our Story

Victor and Jeanne Gerloven, natives of Brooklyn, NY, dedicated their lives to art and education. For over 55 years, Victor taught art at the high school and college level; and after retiring to Brunswick County, he continued to teach art through the Associated Artists of Southport program for adults.

He received the N.C. Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and for over a decade tirelessly led the Brunswick Arts Council as president, while Jeanne, a retired Assistant Dean of the School of General Studies at Brooklyn College, New York City, served as the Council’s Secretary.

As a result of their diligent work, the BAC became the respected organization that it is today. Through the various programs to all the in the community, and assists and encourages local artists in achieving their lifelong goals.

Meetings

Monthly Meetings:

Our Board meets on the second Monday of each month at Noon. Our Planning Meeting is held in Fall/Winter .These meetings are open to the public and visitors are encouraged to attend.

 

Annual Meeting: 

The board meets annually to discuss the vision for the year and discuss grant opportunities. Our Annual Meeting is usually held in June and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

The BAC Board of Directors & Committee Members


Mary Beth Livers

Executive Director

Mary Beth brings a lifelong experience in nonprofit working with a variety of government and private agencies in cultural heritage and arts tourism. She has experience  with federal, state, and private institutions, from the National Park Service to Native American Tribal Governments to small private historical societies, museums, nature centers, multi-arts centers, recreation and service organizations as paid staff and as a volunteer. Although she has lived in 10 states,  Brunswick County has been her home for the last 9 years.  Mary Beth has chaired the Oak Island Art Guild’s Arts & Crafts Festival for the past 5 years, is a Rotarian (and a former Kiwanian) and believes in community-based relations with strong commitment to frontline services. In a nutshell, she says ” “I’m self-motivated, play well with others, somewhat easily trainable and enjoy life. Life is about creating yourself and I’m always a work in progress!”

Larry Johnson

President

I am happily retired from a career in Health and Human Services Management. I have been involved with several Arts Councils across the state , and am very happy to now be involved with Brunswick County Arts Council. My avocation and true passion is as a performing keyboard musician for most of my adult life. I am married, and have adult children and wonderful grandchildren.

Dana King

Vice President

Born and raised in neighboring Columbus County, Dana is a true Carolina girl. A career in renewable energy took her across the southeast, but when she had a chance to move back “home” in 2009, she took the leap with her family and landed in Southport, NC. By 2014, an interest in real estate allowed her to become a Realtor with Century 21 Sweyer and Associates, and by 2017 she purchased and retrofitted the beautiful Inspirations Dance Centre (IDC) facility where her three daughters now dance! Her efforts produced a Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year for 2018 and the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Award in May of 2019 courtesy of the Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW. In October of 2019, she was named one of “Brunswick Magazine’s Future 10 Professionals for 2019.” Now serving on the Board of Directors for the Brunswick Arts Council 501(c)(3) nonprofit, she has been influential in the “Dancing on Air” outreach program that delivers ballet to underserved communities in Brunswick County, NC.

Cindy Hewett

Treasurer

Board of Directors

Sydnee Moore, BAC Legal Counsel
Yvette Gosline, Brunswick Senior Resource Centers
Kendall Martin, Art Professor, BCC & CFCC
Shane Miller, BCSD Visual Arts Liaison 
Jason Seip, BCSD Performing Arts Liaison
Bruce Bland, Musician
Vacant – Apply NowVacant – Apply Now Ex Officio:
Connie Enis
Susan Sims Pritt
JoAnn Staat

Past Presidents: Barb McFall, Jeanette Serrents, Gary HalberstatRecording Secretary: Caroline Bailey

Committees

JoAnn Staat – Visual Arts – Fall Art Show with Lee SelbeConnie Enis – Student Arts EducationLarry Johnson – Programming/ Performing ArtsMari-Lou Wong Chong & Yvette Gosline – Multicultural ProgramsMary Beth Livers – Grants & DevelopmentSarah Powell & Mary Beth Livers  – Marketing/Public RelationsCindy Hewett & Connie Enis- MembershipDana King – Dancing on AirRandy Jones – Ambassador Advisory CommitteeRandy Jones – Arts AmbassadorsMary Beth Livers & Sydnee Moore – Run for the Arts 2020Sydnee Moore – Website & Legal CounselDana King & Mary Beth Livers – Arts & Parts Runway Luncheon

Opportunities

Board Member Application

Board Openings:Secretary - Apply NowCommittee Member - Apply Now Internships: We are currently able to accommodate one intern for the fall 2020 semester. For more information and to apply, please contact us.