TWIN FALLS | Carolyn White was retired when she took on the role of executive director of the Magic Valley Arts Council in 2011.
She had been operations director for Warner Bros. Studios for 27 years, handling all the scheduling for individual production companies.
"Motion picture studios are like a factory. Over the years, I met a lot of interesting, talented individuals. Lots of them were the creative forces behind the scenes," White said.
In 2005, she returned to Twin Falls to care for family. White, 63, grew up here and is a 1969 graduate of Twin Falls High School. She has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's in fine arts from Arizona State University.
It didn't take long before she was active in the local arts scene.
Al Frost, who was MVAC's first president in 1988, said White was an assistant director first. Her background in theater arts and experiences in film made her a natural choice, he said.
"She is an incredibly energetic, can-do type of person that is wonderful to work with," Frost said.
White joked that her role is a full-time, part-time job. Melissa Crane, marketing and sales director, also works part-time for MVAC.
"Carolyn White is an exceptional blend of creativity and innovation. I am inspired by her vision for the arts in our community," Crane said. "Due to her leadership and unwavering energy and commitment, we are able to achieve much more than expected from two part-time employees."
White describes the Center for the Arts as "an incredible asset to the community." Some of its signature events are Art and Soul of Magic Valley, Kids Art in the Park and the Brown Bag Lecture Series.
But White said she likes to think she supports artists.
"I'm not an artist myself. I can't even draw a stick figure," she said. "I get to work with and meet all the talented people in our community."