STARworks Director, Nancy Gottovi, Wins Leadership in Business Sustainability Award

STARworks executive director Nancy Gottovi received a Leadership in Business Sustainability Award from the North Carolina Business Council (NCBC) on Nov. 12, 2019, for her work with STARworks in Star, NC.

“NCBC was pleased to recognize Dr. Nancy Gottovi as one the 2019 business leaders who are ‘Transforming How We Do Business for Good,’” said NCBC executive director Vicki Lee Parker. “Dr. Gottovi has distinguished herself as a state business leader by forging a path for arts-based economic development and has proven how to revitalize rural communities through creativity. NCBC is excited to join other organizations across the country in recognizing Nancy for her visionary leadership and passion for the community.”

STARworks executive director Nancy Gottovi speaking after winning a Leadership in Business Sustainability Award from the North Carolina Business Council. Photo taken by Linda Nguyen.

Gottovi became the executive director of Central Park NC (STARworks) in February 2004. The STARworks building was gifted to the organization in 2005. Gottovi, who holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has overseen the renovations and expansion of STARworks since the beginning.

What started as a former hosiery mill in much need of repair has flourished under the leadership of Gottovi into a center for arts that houses glassblowing and clay studios, a clay manufacturing and ceramic supply business, galleries, and a café and taproom. STARworks welcomes the public to several events throughout the year, including festivals, artist talks, glassblowing demonstrations, live music, classes and field trips. Dozens of resident artists, visiting artists and interns in both glass and ceramics spend time at STARworks each year.

“I feel deeply honored to receive this award from the NCBC,” said Gottovi. “STARworks is fast becoming a destination for our local communities and for the larger national and international community of artists and creative thinkers. We hope to be an example for how the arts and creativity can be used to boost the economies of other former mill towns.”

STARworks is a creative community advancing excellence in artistic and educational experiences. A high priority is placed on educational programs that include classes, field trips and special independent studies for K-12 students.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

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