Our Mission & Vision Statements

  • The ArtsCenter exists in order to educate and inspire artistic creativity and to enrich the lives of people of all ages.
  • The vision of The ArtsCenter is to create an educational environment that provides opportunities, inspiration and tools to people of all ages and skill levels to participate in the arts.


What we do

The ArtsCenter began in 1974 and now serves more than 93,000 anually.
This unique not-for-profit community gathering place offers the best in:

  • Arts Classes for Adults and Youth
  • Summer Arts Camps & Afterschool Arts Immersion
  • Family-Friendly Performances
  • Artist Residencies
  • School Shows
  • Concerts
  • Theater Productions
  • Gallery Exhibits


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Board Members


Helen Antipov


Helen Antipov Head Shot

Helen Antipov is the Sales Director at The Stratford Assisted Living and Memory Care located in Chapel Hill. For over seven years, Helen has been providing care to seniors in Chapel Hill and Durham. Prior to her current position, she was the co-owner of Comfort Keepers, a franchise who specializes in providing in-home care to seniors and adults enabling independent living. Before working in the senior industry, Helen held various sales and marketing positions at large corporations such as Bank of America and The Home Depot. She obtained her MBA from the University of North Florida and has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Helen serves her second term as a Board of Director for the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Chamber of Commerce where she is also a member of the Executive Committee and Membership Committee Chairman. She also serves on the PTA Thrift Store Board of Directors where she is presently Board Vice Chairman as well as Board Development Committee Chairman. Helen is an active volunteer, helping often at Alzheimer’s Association events, as well as an avid runner.



Arty Bolick



Mariana Fiorentino


Terra Nova at Durham Office

Mariana is the founder and co-owner of Terra Nova Global Properties, celebrating its 20th year in 2016.  She holds an Ed.M. and MA from Columbia University with additional degrees as a Certified International Property Specialist and Eco-broker. Terra Nova focuses on all aspects of real estate with offices in Carrboro and downtown Durham. In town developments include Roberson Place, Twin Magnolias, Wilshire Place, Hundred Oaks, Park Slope, Herndon Woods, 605 West Main.  Mariana is the recipient of several awards including REALTOR of the Year, Citizen of the Year awarded by the Chamber of Commerce, the Citizenship Award from the NC Association of REALTORS, the Joe and Lucy Straley Peace and Justice Award, and the Village Pride Hometown Hero award.


Community Service includes serving as a Board member for the ArtsCenter, Habitat for Humanity, Chamber of Commerce, Community Church and the Partnership for a Sustainable Community; committee work with Carrboro’s Downtown Development Commission, Affordable Housing Committee, InterCity Visit committee, Chamber Membership Committee, Partnership for a Sustainable Community.


Prior experience includes holding positions as Assistant Vice President for Law School Admission Services, responsible for creating and marketing a financial loan program for law students and as Assistant Director of the Association of American Law Schools responsible for all meetings, newsletters, grants, and educational workshops. Mariana taught reading, social sciences, and language arts and has worked as a copy editor for Random House books for several years.


Passions are travel, Italy, photography, cooking and tango.



Michael Frisch



Dan Krebill


Dan Krebill was born in Muscatine, Iowa and raised in Keokuk, Iowa.  He previously spent nearly 24 years in the Army working in various positions in Information Technology, He has an undergraduate degree from West Point, and went on to get graduate degrees in both Computer Science and International Strategic Studies. While in graduate school, Dan worked on designs to expand the ARPANET, which he later went on to implement for Army bases in Europe.  That infrastructure evolved to become known as the Internet, and  he traveled extensively during his Army career serving in Korea, Germany and Italy, and last worked as a Professor of Systems Management at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.  Since retirement and moving to Chapel Hill in 1997, he’s been active in the local arts, crafts and music scenes. He has helped some struggling local artists to acquire equipment and materials to further their passion in the arts. Dan spends much of his free time constructing a surrealist Zen Garden at his home in Chapel Hill, and frequently hosts large gatherings there to benefit great causes in the area, especially The ArtsCenter. Dan has served over 7 years on its Board of Directors.






Michael Parker



MICHAEL G. PARKER is a Managing Partner and founder of BioAsset Advisors. Michael has nearly 30 years of experience assisting organizations in Health Care and Life Sciences improve performance and realize value from their assets. Michael’s work has focused assisting clients with issues related to product, marketing, and competitive strategy; business development, including both in- and out-licensing; opportunity and technology assessments; and R&D strategy and portfolio management.
Prior to founding BioAsset Advisors, Michael was a Director and office leader at Bionest Partners; an Associate Partner at Monitor Group; Vice President, Health Care and Life Sciences at Razorfish; a Partner at KPMG Consulting, Vice President at The Cybertec Consulting Group, a planning analyst at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and an analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Michael is also active in community affairs. In addition to serving as the treasurer of The Arts Center, he is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council. He previously served on the Chapel Hill Planning Commission and the Boards of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the U.N. International School in New York City.
Michael has an MBA from Baruch College, graduate training in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



Dr. Bernadette Pelissier



Bernadette Pelissier was born in Senegal, Africa of French parents. She came to the U.S. as an infant and spent most of her childhood in New Jersey. In her early teen years she lived in Damascus, Syria when her father worked for the United Nations.


She came to Chapel Hill in 1975 to study at UNC and received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1980. Bernadette’s career focused on the evaluation of mental health programs in community and prison settings. She first spent five years in research and evaluation at the Durham County Community Mental Health Center. She subsequently became Chief of Research at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner and retired in 2006. She directed a multi-center national project evaluating drug treatment programs.


Dr. Pelissier served on eight boards and commissions before her election to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in December 2008. She served two terms on the board and is transitioning to blueberry farming in Cedar Grove.  Bernadette plans to grow additional fruit crops to help supply the micro-winery being started by her son and daughter on the family farm.



Alison Polish



Allison Sloan Polish, president of Spoonflower, who joined the Spoonflower executive team in 2013, started her career as a buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City where she honed her style, love of color and product development chops. In 2002, after earning her MBA from Saint Louis University, she joined a small, growing retail manufacturing business, TRG Group. There, as vice president of marketing, Allison worked with brands including Swiss Army, Timberland, and Callaway Golf, Target, Lands’ End, and Sam’s Club. She has also served as an account director at national advertising firm, McKinney, where she managed the Sherwin-Williams, Nationwide, and Travelocity accounts. A native North Carolinian, Allison has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jeff, and three boys.



Eleanor Reid




Don Rose


Don RoseDon Rose, Ph.D.  Don Rose is Director of UNC’s Carolina KickStart Program, a life science and biomedical commercialization program within the UNC TraCS Institute.  In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups:  Metabolon (metabolomics, RTP), Deerac Fluidics (nanoliter dispensing, Dublin), and DataCentric Automation (high-throughput crystallography, Nashville).  Before that, he was a general partner with Catalysta Partners (now Hatteras Venture Partners), a seed stage venture fund specializing in information technology and biotechnology start-ups. During this time, Don was co-founder and CEO of Phase Bioscience, a biomaterials start-up, spun out of Duke University.   Prior to Catalysta, he was co-founder and VP of Research and Development for Cartesian Technologies, a leader in instrumentation for DNA microarrays and nanoliter dispensing.  Prior to Cartesian, Dr. Rose was a research scientist at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) where he developed and promoted a number of technologies in bioanalytical chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening. Prior to GW, Dr. Rose developed various aspects of capillary electrophoreses instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.  Dr. Rose received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina.  He has published eight papers, two book chapters, and holds six US patents.




Bruce Runberg





Charlotte Walton