About

Culturenuts, a nonprofit arts and culture website, strives to link existing arts and culture calendars and blogs with original, non-biased, journalistic content while partnering with existing media to promote arts and culture in Central Virginia focusing, initially, in the greater Charlottesville area.

Culturenuts acts as an arts and culture cheerleader for Central Virginia,  ultimately helping to preserve if not grow the economic contributions of arts and culture in our region by uniting existing information sources with multi-media outlets (internet, radio, television) as a media buyer and content provider.

About Mary (Culture Maven)

Currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mary Burruss is a freelance writer/blogger who specializes in Arts & Culture pieces for several different local, regional and national publications including ART TIMES, US AIRWAYS MAGAZINE, VIRGINIA LIVING and RICHMOND MAGAZINE. In addition to being a journalist, Ms. Burruss, has been a licensed teacher since 1996, helping hundreds of high school, college and adult students learn keys to success in business and marketing. In the last 20 years she has worked with over a dozen nonprofits including The National Symphony Orchestra, The Byrd Theatre Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia in the areas of public relations, event planning, theatre production and marketing. She holds a BFA from the
prestigious Arts School at Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA in Education form Virginia Tech and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from VCU’s Nonprofit Learning Point.

In 2011 Ms. Burruss started, Culture Nuts (www.culturenuts.wordpress.com), as a means for filling in gaps in arts and culture coverage. Her mission is to expose and engage locals and visitors in the rich artistic and cultural offerings of Central Virginia through the expansion of culturenuts and partnerships with key players. When not clicking away on her laptop, Ms. Burruss, enjoys cooking healthful meals for her family, practicing and teaching yoga, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains and salsa dancing.

Mary’s Upcoming Events

May 23 – Piedmont Council for the Arts – Courting the Media 101: Effective Strategies for Getting the Coverage You Want

June 19/26 – The Learning Point – Eating the Onion: Marketing Your Nonprofit

June 27 – The Learning Point – Write This Way to the Top: Effective Business Writing

About Morgan (Rockstar)

Morgan comes from the magical world of theater, more specifically, opera. She’s worked as a Stage Manager and Arts Administrator for Washington National Opera, Opera North (NH), El Paso Opera, and Ash Lawn Opera. Morgan’s broad base of skills in marketing, development, social media, graphic design, website development, project management, artist relations, program development, event planning, office management, community relations, copy editing, database management, and budget development.

Mrs. Brophy has built a reputation in the community and in the theater industry as a go-to person for executing a big-picture vision. Her dexterity for negotiating creative solutions to achieve the desired end result means that no goal is too lofty and no idea is too far-fetched. To sum it up, Morgan makes things happen.

Mrs. Brophy holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and Opera Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.

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