Over the past few months, we have been introducing you to the people who work here at the Norfolk Arts Center, sharing their stories, families, and passion for the arts. Now I think it’s time to introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Meuret and I am the Membership and Marketing Coordinator here at the Arts Center. Though I’ve been here just a few months, my passion for the arts started when I was very young.
I was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. Life was always crazy as I am the oldest of 7 kids. Below is a picture of me with my 3 sisters, and another of me with my 3 brothers!
My love of the arts started at age 4 when my mom signed me up for my first ballet class. We did the bunny hop and my life was forever changed. Dance became an integral part of my life after that. When I was 13 I was in my first real show, the Nutcracker. Then in high school, I joined a local dance company through my high school. We performed at schools, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, and more.
After high school, I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I stopped dancing when I was in college but my creative spirit took on a new medium – Film. I was a broadcast journalism major and through my classes started to make short films, music videos, and even hosted my own show showcasing student-made films.
After college, I got a job working for a missionary organization called FOCUS. They sent me to Wayne State College, where I learned I had a passion for sharing beauty with the people around me. It’s also where I met my now-husband, Patrick.
I worked at Wayne State for 4 years. My husband was accepted to Physical Therapy School through UNMC in Kearney, so I followed him there. The day I moved was also the day he proposed. I worked a couple of jobs in Kearney before landing at NTV working as a news producer. That July my husband and I got married and that Christmas we found out we were expecting!
Our little girl came in August and a few months after that we moved to Norfolk where my husband began his clinical rotations.
I landed here at the Norfolk Arts Center. I love the idea of working at an art gallery and the NAC does much more! Here was a place where I could share my love for beauty and the truths that are often shared in art.
To me, art is a way to share our emotions that have no words, to express ourselves with a truly unique voice. The Norfolk Arts Center provides the opportunity to not only experience art, but also create it, to support it, and to become immersed in it. It gives people the opportunity to try new things and learn in new ways.
Whether you feel like you have artistic talent or not – every level of artist can find a home here. Just like I have! When you come to the NAC don’t be afraid to stop in and say hi! I would love to answer all of your membership questions!