From the Director's Desk: First Things First

Catherine J Howard

Wow. Good morning! 

Six months ago, I never would have imagined that today I would be writing a note to you as the new Executive Director of Cary Visual Art. Yet here am I, and I am honored to make your acquaintance.

So how should we start? How about this:

Art, education, and business have always felt interwoven to me. At Barnard College in New York City, I studied art history, arts education for children with disabilities, and entrepreneurship. More recently, I curated touring art exhibitions for renowned behavioral economist Dan Ariely while simultaneously traveling around the world to work with artists on public art projects. 

This passion for finding new connections between public art, education, and business is precisely why I jumped at the opportunity to join the staff of CVA. What great opportunities we have to merge and explore these interrelated arenas! What a fun challenge to assist this organization in reflecting such a quickly-diversifying community!

As we plan for this year's programs, I would love know more about you. What do you love about CVA? What could we improve? What about the arts inspires you? What do you foresee for Cary's future? What you feel defines Cary as a community? I look forward to reading your thoughts via email (, and you are also welcome to give me a call at 919-531-2821.

Thank you for your devotion to making Cary a vibrant, beautiful place filled with creative and caring people.

I am honored to join you.


Warmest regards,



Catherine J. Howard, Executive Director


"The true purpose of art is to create a world where art is less necessary, and less exceptional; a world where the values currently found, celebrated and fetishized in concentrated doses in the cloistered halls of museums are scattered more promiscuously across the earth. It should not be incongruous to say both that we can be lovers of art and that we may hope that society will one day make less of a fuss about art. The true aspiration of art should be to reduce the need for it."

- From Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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