The Joy of Membership Podcast

Helpful in Shared Purpose: North Country Arts Council

September 17, 2020 Joy Duling Season 1 Episode 7
The Joy of Membership Podcast
Helpful in Shared Purpose: North Country Arts Council
Show Notes

My next guest and I had a good laugh after we closed out our interview because she was totally singing my tune and we hadn’t even practiced!  Anita Prather Harvell calls herself both an IT geek and an artist.  Her artistic resume is extensive… playing woodwinds and percussion in local pit orchestras, singing with a chorus, performing theatrically on stage, and, teaching marching band and color guard across the country. She’s even married to a musician spouse. A love for the arts is in her blood.

Today, Anita is President of the North Country Arts Council.  She is on the board of the local chamber of commerce and she works as an IT Specialist for Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation on Fort  Drum.  She is also a website manager and does the social media and PR for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

For a few moments, she put all that on pause to talk with us about her work with the Arts Council.  Here’s our conversation...

Connect with NCAC:

Facebook and Instagram: @North Country Arts Council
LinkedIn:  North Country Arts Council



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Founder & CEO Joy Duling has been working with leaders of associations, trade groups and nonprofits since 2005.

She has also walked the same journey, serving for nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of a membership-based nonprofit which she helped launch from scratch and led to annual revenues of more than $1M exclusively from membership contributions.

Joy has been widely recognized as a speaker, an online educator and a trusted advisor, twice winning the “Unsung Hero Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners' Central Illinois Chapter. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Policy, Planning and Administration. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, team facilitation, change management, and association operations.

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