Noelle Rhodes Scott
President and CEO
The Cabarrus Arts Council hired Noelle Scott as its President and CEO in September of 2000. Noelle’s profession in arts administration began shortly after graduating magna cum laude with a BA degree from Wake Forest University. She interned with the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte during its first $1,000,000 fund drive, and then was selected as an intern with the North Carolina Arts Council where she worked with the United Arts Council of Greensboro and the Goldsboro Arts Council. Following these internships, she was hired by the High Point Arts Council as Associate Director, and then served as Interim Director after one year. During this time she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Business Management Institute for Arts Administrators, based on the Harvard program.
Instead of accepting the offer of becoming Executive Director of the High Point Arts Council, Noelle married Edward Scott and moved to Alexandria, Virginia. While there, she was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and upon the conclusion of this program she was hired by the NEA as a research assistant. When the research was completed, Noelle was hired by the Arts Council of Fairfax County as its Program and Marketing Assistant where she served as curator of the council’s art gallery, helped coordinate the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap and promoted the arts.
Returning to North Carolina, Noelle served as Sawtooth Center for Visual Design’s first Associate Director and then as Interim Director before she was hired by the Winston-Salem Symphony as its Marketing Director. She has enjoyed working for arts council-supported agencies as well as arts councils and feels that it gives her the advantage of understanding both sides of the equation.
Growing up in Davidson as a professor’s daughter, Noelle had the opportunity to learn from excellent teachers. From an early age she took ballet and then modern dance, piano, and flute. Noelle attributes her passion for all arts and especially the theatre to her teacher, Constance Welsh. Noelle took Connie’s Children’s Creative Drama classes from the age of eight and revelled in the creativity and precision that Welsh nurtured. When Noelle was in high school, Welsh dreamed of a creative drama troupe that would go into the elementary schools and perform shows of excellence. When this became a reality, she called it Tarradiddle Players and selected Noelle to be a part of its first cast. At about the same time, Connie developed the Davidson Community Players and cast Noelle as Abigail in The Crucible. Both Tarradiddle and the Davidson Community Players are strong, years after Welsh’s death.
At Wake Forest, although majoring in French, Noelle concentrated her energies on acting. She performed in numerous plays, took many theatre classes, and seriously considered going to New York after graduation, but she realized that although she adored acting and was encouraged to make it her profession, she wanted to do something in the arts that would nurture communities. She found the right fit with arts administration.