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MISSION & SERVICES OF THE CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL

More than 45,000 individuals were served by CAC programs last year.

The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents and visitors by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite groups.

Since 1986, the Cultural Arts Council (CAC) has offered cultural services, presentations and programming in Douglas County. The Arts Councilís first achievement was the purchase of the historic Roberts/Mozley house in the heart of Douglasville for use as a community arts center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the graceful two-story Greek Revival home was built by a U.S. Senator in 1901, and its "rescue" by the Arts Council instigated the development of the historic district in Douglasville.

The Arts Center houses a gallery, where monthly exhibits are presented throughout the main floor rooms, which are also used for meetings, performances and special events. The Arts Councilís administrative offices are upstairs. The CACís permanent collection of works by outstanding Georgia artists, displayed throughout the building, was developed through gifts and purchase prizes from its annual national juried show. The small metal sculpture by Georgia artist Joel Yawn in front of the house is listed on the Smithsonian Instituteís national public art inventory as part of its Save Outdoor Sculpture program. Affordably priced art and craft objects by Georgia artists are sold through a small sales gallery. Classes in visual, performing and literary arts are currently offered at the Cultural Arts Center and in the adjacent Wynn Building leased from the city. CAC also supports the ongoing development of our satellite arts organizations and their programming.

As a GCA Grassroots Program agency, the Cultural Arts Council administers a regranting program for Douglas and Paulding Counties. Promotion of the arts is a major aspect of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerceís economic development and tourism plan, and CACís importance to the community and its residents is evidenced by the ongoing and substantial financial support and services received from both city and county governments. In 2000 CAC was the special community host of Arts Day at the State Capitol.

School-based programs offered by the Cultural Arts Council last year included a Georgia Shakespeare Festival production for 1,000 high schools students, performing artists in residence for 800 middle school students, and dance and music performances for about 1,600 elementary school students. Through the Chamber of Commerce, CAC is certified as a Partner-in-Education with the Douglas County Schools. Summer arts enrichment programming is offered in partnership with the Douglasville Parks and Recreation Departments. Preschoolers are served by special programs at Head Start and Sheltering Arms in conjunction with the annual Mad Hatterís Tea Party.

In addition to free performances at exhibit openings and events like the December holiday luncheons, Kwanzaa celebration and school caroling parties at the Center, CAC has increased the quality and diversity of musical groups performing free concerts on the weekends on the cityís OíNeal Plaza in the heart of the downtown historic district, and added a fall series. Since 1996, CAC has offered Pioneer Days in south Douglas County with performances, exhibits and demonstrations by quilters, potters, basket-weavers, woodturners and other craftspeople. Native American and African American exhibits and performances are showcased, and the festivalís Gospel Music Festival has become one of its most popular programs. The Douglas County Schools system helps CAC promote this family educational activity. The Douglas County Farm Bureau partners with CAC to offer educational events and The Society of Historical Trekkers stage an encampment and present authentic demonstrations of 19th century life. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering organized by local poets draws performers and audience members from many states as near as Tennessee and as far as Colorado. CAC is also one of half a dozen Georgia sites for the global celebration of storytelling, Tellabration, each November. Douglasvilleís poster designed by Georgia artist Ande Cook was featured on Festivals.com two years in a row.

With more than 450 volunteers involved (including those contributing to satellite groups), CAC enjoys solid community support. A core volunteer group of "curators" (the CAC docents) includes 37 retired teachers, housewives, businessmen and other community members who volunteer regular hours on a monthly and weekly basis to give gallery tours, act as receptionists, host special events and assist with every aspect of daily operations, offering thousands of hours of their time to the CAC every year. Special event rentals for weddings, receptions and reunions offer opportunities to showcase the facility to new visitors and long-time arts supporters alike.

Members receive invitations to gallery openings and special events, information which is also available to the general public through excellent local press coverage, CACís web site and the county web site and public access channel.

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