When you meet Brittany Javins, a few things will be immediately evident. She is young and energetic, she has a passion for her hometown, and is a tireless ambassador for the arts. Chatting with the 32-year-old Charleston native, she is poised, confident and an expert in her field of arts administration. But Brittany would be the first to admit that it’s taken some work to become as confident in herself and her abilities as those around her have been all along.
When Brittany took over as executive director of FestivALL Charleston in 2015, she had big shoes to fill. Larry Groce, nationally-known musician and host of Mountain Stage, had served in the role since the creation of FestivALL in 2005. Since taking on the role, Brittany has thrived as a leader and is making big waves in the West Virginia arts community, continuing to build on the foundation that the FestivALL founders established over a decade ago. It’s apparent to anyone who talks with Brittany that she was made for a job with FestivALL—in fact, she even performed in the first FestivALL in 2005 with the Charleston Ballet.
Brittany’s love for the arts started at an early age. Her mom danced with the Charleston Ballet, and her dad was a musician and often helped backstage, so she grew up surrounded by the arts. She started taking ballet classes when she was 5 years old, and danced through college.