My Arts Story: Nobel Stanley

2023 Development Intern

Nobel will graduate in August with a degree in Arts Administration with a minor in American Sign Language from UNCG.

Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to the arts. Music stuck out to me at a young age. I remember being overwhelmed with joy in elementary school when our elective for the day was music class. I was a part of the chorus in my 4th and 5th-grade years. I also learned the recorder in elementary school. This kickstarted my love of instruments and eventually led me to play the saxophone in middle school. My passion for the saxophone grew as I entered high school and joined the wind ensemble and marching band. By the end of high school, I had such a passion for music that I decided to pursue music education to spread my love of music to future generations.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 came during the spring semester of my freshman year of college. This pandemic made me reevaluate. Shortly after we returned to campus, I decided to switch my major to Arts Administration because this allowed me to support the arts in a way that fit my personality and preferences. I discovered that while I have a passion for music, I do not have a passion for teaching. I do not play my saxophone as much as I used/want to, but I am very grateful to be a part of an ensemble called Appalachia: a Southeastern Wind Ensemble. I often miss having the opportunities to perform with ensembles or as a soloist, and this ensemble helps feed my performance cravings.

Although I miss performing, I am excited about the opportunities I will have as an arts administrator in the future. My internship at The ACGG is just the start for me. I am eager to soak up as much information and knowledge from the staff and internship experience at The ACGG.

— Nobel Stanley, UNCG ’23