Denise Burnette Executive Director
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.
Fairly recent newcomers to NC, Paula and her family dreamed of living in North Carolina because, "It always felt like home." That dream came true in 2014. Paula currently lives in Rockingham County with her husband and her dog. Her two children are grown and live in NC, which meant Paula had a lot of extra time on her hands. She came to CCFTA in 2019 and serves as Gallery Coordinator. She also creates graphics and performs various tasks and missions.
One of her earliest memories is of her mother and herself tole painting a crumb and pan set. Creating has been a part of Paula's life as long as she can remember, and it doesn't matter what form that creativity takes. It can be home décor, writing, planning and planting a flowerbed, creating a blog post, or painting. The creativity finds a crack in her soul and oozes out. (A little bit of coffee doesn't hurt, either.)
She holds a degree in Visual Communications, but the greatest lesson she learned is that the arts are very powerful tools: they touch people in their souls. She describes herself as "an admirer of ugliness." "You have to be able to admire the dings and dents to see the beauty in them. "
Paula loves being inspired as well as inspiring. "It's very easy to minimize creativity. EVERYBODY has creative ability. It's just a matter of finding your outlet. "
CCFTA was founded in 1977 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday at (336) 694-4474