Meet the Team: Rachel Pottern Nunn, Director of ArtSchool

Each month, we shine the spotlight on one of our incredible team members. This month, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Rachel Pottern Nunn, our Director of ArtSchool.

How long have you been with The ArtsCenter, and how long have you been involved with the local community?
I’ve been with the ArtsCenter since August 2023 (9 months). I grew up in Wake Forest, and then lived in Raleigh until 2020, so I’m definitely a Triangle gal. After living elsewhere for awhile I really wanted to plug back into and invest in my home community. The ArtsCenter has such a long history of serving artists in this area, and I was excited to be a part of that.

How long have you been involved with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community?
My mom is a UNC grad, so we visited Chapel Hill/Carrboro a lot when I was growing up! My favorite spots were always the Planetarium, the Botanical Garden, and the magical Forest Theatre. It’s been so special to work in this community that was important to me as a kid.

What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday here?
Maybe visiting an arts festival, being outdoors (hiking, running, etc.), or going to the library.

What is a dream project you’d like to undertake at The ArtsCenter?
I’d like to produce an original play written, designed, and performed by local artists in our performance space!

What are your future visions for The ArtsCenter?
I would love to see the ArtsCenter lean into our identity as a community hub and a place for collaboration. It’s unique and special to have one building where 7-10 different art forms are happening at any given time; it’s a unique opportunity for different mediums to learn from each other. I’d love to see digital artists troubleshooting with potters, or oil painters and dancers working together, for example.

What’s the most rewarding feedback you’ve received at work?

I like it when I hear that I’m a good listener. I’m in a position of support for the artists who make this program successful, so listening to what people need is a high priority for me.