Norman L. Worrell, a pioneer in the Arts movement in America, was born in Atchison, Kansas on November 2, 1927. At age sixteen, Norman attended the University of Kansas and at age 17 joined the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. After being discharged he moved to Nashville, TN attending Peabody College of Vanderbilt University where he earned a B.A. degree in art education. Mr. Worrell is a former professor in the school of architecture at Georgia Tech University. He later held the position of Head of the design department at the Kansas City Art Institute, MO. In 1964 he accepted the position of associate director of the newly formed Missouri State Arts Council becoming involved with government funding of the Arts. Norman was hired by the Governor of Tennessee to conduct a 12 month study of the feasibly of an arts commission for the state. Norman was instrumental in the formation of the Tennessee State Arts Commission in 1966. He served as the first Executive Director of the TN State Arts Commission until 1976. Subsequently, Norman worked with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. and directed several of their programs for Nancy Hanks, the Endowment's first chairman. Norman is one of the founders of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). Norman retired in 2006 from a successful Arts Consultant business serving clients across the United States.

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