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Satellite Arts Organizations

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Affiliated with Cultural Arts Center
in Douglasville and Douglas County

The Cultural Arts Council fosters individual participation in the arts through a wide range of satellite arts organizations which represent and reflect the creative talents and interests of local citizens.

New participants are welcome at monthly meetings - please call the CAC or the group's contact person, listed below, to confirm meeting days and times.

Satellite Activities

Whistlestop Players (formerly C.A.S.T.)
Danny Pratt, President:   678-230-5833
Bill Weight:  770-914-0558

The community theater group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Cultural Arts Center. This talented and versatile theater group presents mainstage plays, dinner theater, and a summer festival of one-act plays. Auditions are open and announced in advance of each production. Productions for 2004 included Tennessee Williamsí Streetcar Named Desire in February and Neil Simonís Rumors in March. Performances are held at the Old Courthouse in historic downtown Douglasville. In the summer, one-act plays of a light and comedic nature are performed on OíNeil Plaza.

Douglas County Cowboy Poets
Charlie Holloway

Founded by Joel Hayes, the CAC Cowboy Poets held its first Georgia Cowboy Gathering in 1997. This year an enthusiastic crowd filled the Mashburn Center for the Performing Arts at Douglas County High School and cowboy poets and musicians came from around the country to perform in the Seventh Annual Cowboy Gathering in Douglasville. The Cowboy Poets also help organize CACís annual Pioneer Days event every fall at the Clinton Nature Preserve.

CAC Curators Club

The Curators Club meets on the second Wednesday of every other month starting in January. Its members volunteer regular weekly and month shifts at the Cultural Arts Center, greeting visitors, answering the phone, selling event tickets and giving tours. They assist with every aspect of the Cultural Art Council’s in-house programs and projects. For information on how to become a volunteer with the Curators, contact CAC at 770/949-2787.

Douglas County Art Guild
Victoria Rudd, President

The Douglas County Arts Guild is a membership organization of practicing artists and friends of the visual arts in Douglasville. The Guild was founded more than twenty years ago (1973), predating the establishment of the Cultural Arts Council. Its members meet at the Cultural Arts Center monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month. Guild activities include field trips to Atlanta arts centers, build your business in art, museums and galleries, workshops in silk painting, still life drawing studio projects, painting, slide lectures, gallery talks and other educational programs. The Guild used miniatures and reproductions of their own works to decorate the Cultural Arts Centerís Christmas Tree for the 2004 holiday season, and their one-of-a-kind- decorations proved very popular Ė a wonderful fundraiser for its activities.

Douglas County Connection
Janet Payne, Acting President

The Douglas County Connection was established 15 years ago by Helen Catron and meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center. The Connection sponsors the Black History and Culture Month exhibit and activities at the Cultural Arts Center every February and also coordinates the Centerís Kwanzaa celebration in December. The 2004 exhibition of works by Romare Bearden from the permanent collection of Hammonds House Galleries drew a large audience for its elegant reception and many school groups for special exhibit tours. In addition, the D.C. Connection encourages minority and non-minority businesses in our area with the cultural community. The Connection has given more than $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students through its Sandra Lovejoy Artistic and Literary Scholarship program. Graduating seniors interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Elvina Calland this spring through the CAC, 770/949-2787.

Douglas County Cultural Exchange
Klaus Langkilde, President

Dedicated to international cultural programming, the Cultural Exchange presents special events several times a year featuring not only guest speakers and exhibits of arts, crafts and artifacts of different cultures but also their traditional foods. Next summer the Cultural Exchange will celebrate the tercentennial of Hans Christian Andersen with special exhibits and events in conjunction with a global celebration sponsored by the Danish government.

Douglas County Writers Group
Lisa Street, Coordinator

The Writers Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center. Activities focus on critiquing and supporting writing projects of its members.

Friends for Arts and Music Education (F.A.M.E.)
Dan DeFoor, President

The Youth Art Month exhibit during March every year is coordinated by F.A.M.E. dedicated to bringing quality arts and arts education programming to students in our schools -- and celebrating and supporting their talents.

Douglas County Historical Society
Joyce Huey

The Historical Society meets every third Tuesday from September through May at noon at the Cultural Arts Centers. Meetings feature special guest speakers and catered lunches. Members regularly visit historical sites, gardens and museums on spring and fall field trips.

Sweetwater Camera Club
Sean Trevino, President

The Sweetwater Camera Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Regions Bank in Lithia Springs. This active group conducts monthly photo contests on different themes at each meeting, maintains a reference library and holds pre-meeting dinners at 6 p.m. at Wallaceís BBQ in Austell. The Sweetwater Camera Club will host the October reception for Douglasville Celebrates Photography/Photography Celebrates Douglasville exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center.

The Douglas County Poetry Writers
Joel Hayes, President

Although the Poetry Writers group no longer meets regularly, its President is actively involved with Douglasville's annual celebration of national Flag Day on June 14th which includes a presentation of the colors, the performance of patriotic songs and the recitation of poetry on OíNeal Plaza.


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