OUR BOARD AND STAFF
Denise Burnette is a strong believer in the value of the arts. She has been a dancer and writer since her youth, and has expanded her horizons to include a variety of artistic mediums including painting, theater, drumming, and jewelry making. The positive role the arts played in her own life led her to study Psychology and the Arts in her graduate studies, with a focus on the value the arts play in fostering self-expression, healing, and empowerment.
Denise moved to Caswell County in 2016, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is honored to have the role of strengthening the arts in her own community. It is her vision to nurture creativity in all who wish to find it in themselves, to strengthen the role of the arts in the lives of our youth, to support local artists, and to provide positive exposure to the arts that inspire and empower.
Landing in Rockingham County in 2014, Paula is a fairly recent transplant to North Carolina. During numerous regular visits to North Carolina she and her family noticed that it always felt like home. When the opportunity to relocate presented itself she and her family took the leap.
After an arduous home remodel, she and her husband became empty-nesters, leaving Paula with a LOT of extra time on her hands and a shelved visual communication degree. Another happy landing lead to her employment at Caswell Arts, where she has been on staff for the last three years.
Paula has always loved the arts and creativity. says, "One of my fondest childhood memories is of my mom and I painting Swedish designs on a crumb brush and pan which she had received in a monthly craft subscription. I cannot remember a time when I was NOT being creative."
"Every single soul has innate creativity. The canvas can be a flower bed, a digital screen, a living room, a dance floor, furniture or paper. Everyone has creative outlet. The arts and creativity are very powerful tools, which touch us in the deepest corners of us."
Her daily role with Caswell Arts is in various office roles, but the driving force in her heart is to inspire people in their creativity - to help them discover and unleash their creativity in whatever medium THEY love.
CCFTA was founded in 1977 by H. Lee Fowlkes as a way to celebrate the Arts in Caswell County. Since that time, we have successfully kept the arts alive and prospering in our community.
Our mission is to sponsor and encourage cultural education and activities in Caswell County and the surrounding areas by increasing art awareness, educating our citizenry, providing positive opportunities for exposure to the arts, and nurturing local creative expression.
You may contact us from 10:00 - 2:00 Tuesday through Friday at (336) 694-4474
Board of Directors:
Chris Rebman-Berry - Vice President
Denise Pierce - Secretary
Executive Director: Denise Burnette
Gallery / Marketing Coordinator: Paula Basnett