On Wednesday, Jan 15, ArtsGreensboro announced that it had hired, not one, not two – but three new key staff members to help advance that organization’s cause of promoting art in the area.
The new members of the arts council’s team are Darlene McClinton, who will now serve as ArtsGreensboro’s grants manager; Devon Currie who’ll become the administrative and database coordinator; and Chaunte Rankin, the new finance and office manager.
According to Laura Way, the president and CEO of ArtsGreensboro, the three new hires will bring “new energy and enthusiasm towards our mission.”
McClinton, who will oversee grants, is the CEO of The Artist Bloc, an arts venue at the UNCG. She’s also an adjunct professor at NC A&T State University and the lead arts integration facilitator for Guilford County Schools – not to mention a professional muralist with nine public art pieces on display around Greensboro.
In a Wednesday press release announcing the triple hiring, McClinton stated, “I look forward to engaging with talented artists of all backgrounds to identify their needs in ways in which we can continue to make Greensboro the city of arts. I eat, live and breathe the arts. ”
McClinton also serves on various boards and committees including those for Downtown Greensboro Inc., Downtown Cornerstone Art Committee, Downtown Greenway Public Arts Committee, African American Atelier, and NC A&T Alumni & Friends Visual Art Organization.
Chaunte Rankin joins ArtsGreensboro with nearly 20 years of experience in office management and bookkeeping. A Greensboro native and NC A&T graduate, she has a professional background in the fields of automotive and digital marketing, and she’s managed budgets and offices for both large and small companies.
Devon Currie, also a Greensboro native, has been involved in the arts since a young age. She studied theatre at Catawba College and received her BA in Sociology from UNCG as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. For the last 11 years, she’s worked as a professional Stage Manager with theatres and organizations all over the state, including Triad Stage and Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
She said that she’s “most looking forward to being part of an organization that truly values the arts, nurtures and invests in artists, and understands how impactful and necessary the arts are to every community.”