Virginia Commission for the Arts
Peggy Baggett is the Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a position that she has held since 1980. An agency of state government, the Commission for the Arts promotes the arts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, provides funding to artists and arts organizations, and supports artist residencies in Virginia schools. In 1999 she was selected by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies to receive the Gary Young Award for outstanding leadership in the state arts agency field.
She is a native of North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology. She has a master's degree in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While living in Wisconsin, she worked as tour manager of the Wisconsin Ballet and as assistant manager of Wilson Street East Playhouse.
Prior to entering the Wisconsin arts administration program she worked in Washington, DC, for the United States Department of Education and for two research consulting firms.
Ms. Baggett served on the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies from 1992 to 1997. She has been an advisory panelist and site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served three terms on the advisory board of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin.
She is a past president of the Richmond-First Club, which promotes improved local government. She has been a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, and she served on the board of directors of the Virginia Women's Cultural History Project. She is currently on the planning team for MiNDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.
As Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Ms. Baggett oversees the agency grant programs for artists and nonprofit arts organizations, supervises the staff, serves as agency liaison to the state legislature and the Governor, coordinates the activities of the agency board, plans the annual statewide arts conference, and represents the agency at national and regional meetings. She has overseen the development of several cultural tourism projects, including a series of training workshops and the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Trails.