Greenville, SC – The Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) has named Melissa Huff as its Development Director. As the newest member of the GCCA team, Melissa brings over 17 years of experience providing strategic direction and generating funds to support and sustain high-impact nonprofit organizations.
Most recently, Melissa served as the Grant Writer for Miracle Hill Ministries and as an independent grant-writing consultant for a variety of local nonprofits including GCCA. Her previous leadership roles include Development Director of Hispanic Alliance, Director of iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival, and Director of the BOOST Out-of-School Time initiative for United Way of Greenville County.
“We are thrilled to have Melissa join our team. Her fundraising experience, coupled with her interest in the arts, makes her a tremendous asset,” explains Kim Fabian, GCCA’s Executive Director. “GCCA fills an important gap in our community, providing quality and comprehensive visual arts education and promotion. Melissa’s expertise will help us expand our impact and develop a funding model that ensures GCCA can educate and inspire our community for years to come.”
A Greenville native, Melissa moved back to her hometown in 2014. She holds a BA in psychology from Samford University and earned her MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago. As a result of working with arts organizations in Birmingham and Chicago, Melissa has become a passionate proponent for the arts, particularly for expanding access and opportunities for underserved communities.
Founded by a dedicated group of local artists and philanthropists, Greenville Center for Creative Arts opened in May 2015 as a community hub for the visual arts. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, its mission is to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. GCCA provides arts education to more than 900 people each year, as well as showcases local artists, and nurtures appreciation and enjoyment in the arts. It houses artists’ studios, an emerging artists’ fellowship, exhibitions, free community programs, and classes for all ages. For more information, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, call 864-735-3948, or check out GCCA on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.