Coming off her first day on the job as the executive director of the Carpinteria Arts Center, Paige Van Tuyl said, “I have just met 25 of the nicest people imaginable,” referring to the staff and volunteers with whom she will be working. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in the History of Art and Architecture, Van Tuyl brings 18 years experience in nonprofit work. She has held leadership positions at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara City College Foundation.
“I am excited to explore the opportunities to increase our impact as we build momentum as an organization,” Van Tuyl shared. She looks forward to “exploring new ways to craft and enhance our community’s experience, locating greater philanthropic partnerships, increasing awareness and value of the Arts Center’s identity and elevating the conversation around the arts.”
Van Tuyl grew up in Mission Canyon Santa Barbara but has lived in Carpinteria for 17 years. Van Tuyl (pronounced “tile” from the Dutch) brings many local connections to her new position.
With the recent completion of the Art Center’s 865 Linden Avenue building, including new galleries, kitchen and studios and a refurbished courtyard, Boardmember David Powdrell said, “Having (Van Tuyl) at the helm will help elevate our nonprofit organization to meet its vision of being among the premier small-town community arts centers in America.”
Board Chair Casey Summar added, “(VanTuyl) is exactly the dynamic leader the board was seeking for the Arts Center’s next chapter. Our tremendously bright future just got that much brighter.”
Van Tuyl also said “Getting my degree in the History of Art and Architecture inspired all of the moves in my career that have thankfully landed me at the Carpinteria Arts Center. It’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”
When asked about her vision for the Arts Center, Van Tuyl mentioned collaborative events involving food, wine and music, opening the Arts Center for private events as a revenue stream and ensuring that “every single student in Carpinteria crosses our threshold at least once a year.”