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The Apex Arts Council (AAC) is a nonprofit organization encouraging all artistic disciplines, including visual art, music, dance, theatre, literary arts, and others. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community through the cultivation of creativity, excellence, and diversity in the arts and stimulating their appreciation and accessibility.

The Mission of the Apex Arts Council is to provide promotion, education, and encouragement to the arts and to assist artists by providing venues for exposure and revenue generation. The arts are at the core of the creative economy of our community and country. They should be nurtured and encouraged by all of us in every way possible.


The AAC was founded on the belief the arts contribute to high quality of living and are an essential component to a vibrant economy. The AAC is working to encourage our artists through art shows, concerts, publicity and the creation of groups to involve our community in area performances and presentations of various artists, the development of arts festivals, and the publication of an informative arts newsletter.


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The Council exists to serve the area by:

  • Working with businesses, the community, and artists to coordinate and provide public art settings
  • Stimulating and encouraging the development of arts and cultural projects and activities which will serve to educate the community in arts and culture
  • Receiving and distributing information on arts and cultural programs and activities in the local community
  • Encouraging local and emerging artists and arts organizations by providing opportunities for them to show or perform their work



The Apex Arts Council wants you to know about our organization, what we do for our community, and most importantly, how we serve the artists and writers in this area. To that end, we hold informational sessions to discuss this with groups and even one-on-one with you personally.

These drop-in sessions are held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm approximately every three weeks or so at the Common Grounds Coffee House at 219 North Salem Street in historic downtown Apex. Please feel free to attend any of these meetings convenient for you. You can arrive at any time during the session. We will not have an agenda, but rather an open discussion of the Apex Arts Council and what it does.

The arts and similar creative industries are extremely important to any community, and our's is no exception. We are eager to have you know how this works and how we can work with you on a variety of levels to make our community even better than it already is. We hope to see you at one of these sessions very soon!



Position Name Email
Director Brenda Priest Brenda@YourDoorAndMore.com
Director Chuck Russitano Chuck.Russitano@MVOC.com
President Bob Crowley President@ApexArtsCouncil.org
Secretary Michelle Vaughn Secretary@ApexArtsCouncil.org
VP, Grants and Donations Shawn Daley SLDaley98@Yahoo.com
Treasurer Open Treasurer@ApexArtsCouncil.org
Webmaster Tim McCauley tim@getvisualcarolina.com
VP, Marketing Services Tasha Kornegay TashaHolland@aol.com
VP, Musical Programs Susan Heiserman susanheiserman@hotmail.com
VP, Theatrical Arts Pepper Jensen londonsaltproductions@gmail.com
VP, Terpsichorian Arts Jackie Rafferty ApexSchoolOfDance@Gmail.com
VP, Cinema William Lilly Cinema@ApexArtsCouncil.org
VP, Visual Arts Ashley McAuliffe VisualArts@ApexArtsCouncil.org
VP, Literary Arts Belea Keeney Belea@BeleatKeeney.com
Events Planning Consultant Sheree Betts  
Fine Arts Consultant Myra Reyes Toomer myrareyestoomer71@gmail.com
VP, Education Open Info@ApexArtsCouncil.org
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Apex Arts Council Board of Directors

Bob Crowley, President

Chair of the Board R.T.Crowley (also known as Bob) has almost forty years experience in leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations. His business experience includes operating an advertising and marketing business and over thirty years of corporate hands-on and managerial experience in senior management and organizational positions. His reach is worldwide even to serving as part of the US Delegation to the United Nations at one point in his career. He is a distinguished speaker on many topics and a highly respected member of the Apex community.

Brenda Priest, Director

Director Brenda Priest, President of the Holly Springs Arts Council (HSAC) and owner of "Your Door and More," as an illustrator and pen and ink artist. Her educational background includes a degree in Interior Design and Illustration. She has the leadership skill and entrepreneurial background necessary to promote the growth of the Apex Arts Council organization.


Charles Russitano, Director

Director Charles Russitano has been employed as a Controller and Director of Tax for MVOC, LLC, a privately-held asset manager and private equity investor. Previous employers have included Deloitte & Touche (Raleigh, NC) and Ernst & Young (in both Raleigh, NC and Syracuse, NY). He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County from 1999-2001. He now operates his own tax practice serving small business and individuals.

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Treasurer This position is open. Please contact Bob Crowley, AAC President, at president@apexartscouncil.org

Michelle Vaughn, Secretary

Secretary Michelle Vaughn works in administration with the state of North Carolina's Department of Cultural Resources, both for NC ECHO and Connecting to Collections, programs providing North Carolina's cultural heritage institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.) with training in conservation of collections and disaster preparedness. Michelle graduated from Peace College in 2008 with a degree in English. She carries flames, in passionate particular, for literature and dance, but considers herself an all-around creative culture enthusiast.


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Post Office Box 1381, Apex NC  27502  •  Info@ApexArtsCouncil.org

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