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Nancy Turrell

Martin County | 10/25/17 – 12/31/2019

Appointed by: Senate President Negron

Nancy Turrell has served as the executive director for the Arts Council of Martin County since April 1, 1999.  During her tenure, she has had the opportunity to see many enhancements to the cultural community and to oversee a wide variety of projects that benefit the arts community.  Among her credits are creating the MartinArts magazine, securing support for the first women’s donor circle in Martin County named “Women Supporting the Arts,” launching an innovative ecoart apprenticeship program, overseeing of the economic impact studies for Martin County, raising funds to allow for a renovation of the Court House Cultural Center galleries, and creating an active strategic planning process with meaningful board member engagement.  With her leadership Council many projects have grown and improved, including ArtsFest an annual two-day festival created to celebrate the arts in our community and the Council’s role in fostering collaborative projects. Recently she began writing a monthly column for the Your News section of the Stuart News and in the past has hosted both radio and tv segments promoting the Martin County arts and cultural sector.

Nancy moved to Martin County in 1989 to serve as campaign director for United Way of Martin County.  In 1996, she elected to take a position as fund development director for New Horizons of the Treasure Coast while pursuing a Masters Degree in Philanthropy & Development at Saint Mary’s University, Winona Minnesota.  She graduated in May 1999 with the master’s degree which complements her undergraduate degree in marketing from New York University. 

In service to her community, Nancy is a past president of both the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council, past chair of the Martin County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, board member of the South Florida Cultural Consortium, advisory board for Florida Arts and Dance Company, former panel member Palm Beach Cultural Council grant review, grant panel member for the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and a graduate of LEADERship Martin County.  Nancy and her husband, Ted Astolfi, reside in downtown Stuart.