Our History

How we got here
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The NoDa School of Arts (NDSA) was founded by Amanda Bullen and a cadre of community collaborators in the Spring of 2005. Not-for-profit status was received in 2006 when a board of directors was established. In 2009, Amanda Bullen Wommack stepped down as Executive
Director and Kellie G. Brown, the current Executive Director, was voted in by the board to take that position.

The vision of the NoDa School of Arts became a reality in July 2005 with the launch of its pilot program, Talent Exposed, an intensive four-week summer camp that explored four core arts disciplines: visual art, dance, drama, and music. The Talent Exposed camp has grown and expanded into the Summer Theater Intensive (STI) Program, which is 6 weeks of intense rehearsals and instruction that ends with a full scale Broadway style production. While the NoDa School of Arts is rooted in the belief that all youth have God-given talents, students, instructors, and board members are not required to adhere to sectarian beliefs.