After several years of operating in the red, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro profited $143,695 in 2012.
The ArtsCenter’s board of directors temporarily eliminated the role of executive director in 2011 in the midst of financial troubles, and after a series of cutbacks and restructuring, the organization is beginning to see a positive change.
Jay Miller, founder of the Shared Visions Foundation, an organization that assists local nonprofits, filled the executive director position without pay between May 2011 and April 2012.
“It was a difficult time because everyone was nervous about the possible outcome of the situation,” Miller said.
Miller said his time as interim executive director helped the ArtsCenter because he didn’t cost money and contributed a business approach to running the organization.
He also said a one-time anonymous $100,000 grant from the Nicholson Foundation helped the organization settle debts.
“I was looking for ways to improve the business side of The ArtsCenter,” Miller said.
“But I really believe the most valuable thing I did was helping to bring in Art Menius.”
Menius, the current executive director, was brought on the team in April 2012.