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A Note From Hillsboro’s New Cultural Arts & Events Senior Manager

Meet Nancy Nye

Post Date:02/18/2019 9:00 am

Nancy NyeIt was 2004 when I first heard about the Walters Cultural Arts Center. I was working for another municipality at the time, but was so intrigued by what I’d heard that I definitely paid attention. And I wasn’t the only one. Many of my colleagues in the field were buzzing about this place called Hillsboro that not only exemplified a dedication to the arts, but had also demonstrated its commitment by establishing something rare―a community arts center. Four years later, Hillsboro’s Public Art Master Plan was developed, and it was official: Hillsboro had something special going on.

As an arts administrator for over twenty years, I‘ve always believed the arts are essential to understanding and celebrating the human spirit. Art not only contributes to the vitality and quality of life for residents, it is also a critical driver for the economic sustainability of our communities. I have dedicated my professional life to developing programs, providing diverse artistic opportunities, and continually working to create greater access to the arts for everyone. 

Today, fourteen years after first hearing about the Walters Cultural Arts Center and the City’s nascent Public Art program, the community of Hillsboro has once again shown itself to be innovative and forward-looking by adopting the 2018 Cultural 
Arts Action Plan. I’m extremely honored to lead the Cultural Arts and Events team at such an auspicious time and look forward to accomplishing the goals outlined in this plan.

Since coming on board in September, I can say without hesitation that all of the people I have met who work for the City of Hillsboro are some of the finest, most competent, most welcoming professionals I have ever encountered. They set the bar high for me and I wake up every morning excited to meet the challenge. 

I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this city. Dedication not only to the arts, but also to ensuring that the arts represent the city’s remarkable diversity, is critically important to me. To have our residents be fully and equally included and represented in every one of our arts programs is among my very highest priorities. And while I am still a newcomer here, that is what excites me most. It means I have the opportunity to make new friends, forge long-lasting alliances, and serve in my highest capacity as an administrator―to make our community stronger through the transformative power of art.

My door is always open. Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 503-681-5381.


Nancy Nye

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