Greater Augusta Arts Council, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 1776 1301 Greene St. Augusta GA 30903 USA

Mission: The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to advance the arts and thus, enrich the quality of life in Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area. From the youngest child to their great, great grandparents and every socioeconomic and ethnic background we are touching lives everyday. The smallest events are those that make us the most proud. The smiles of the children in our ArtScape Camp, the joy from the performers on the ethnic stage at Arts in the Heart or the elderly man taking his first painting lesson he has wished for since childhood. Our community is built one by one in diverse individuals making up the incredible region we call our home. The GAAC has been here for 40 years weaving the arts into our lives. The Greater Augusta Arts Council has a strong history in our community, and with your support, we can continue growing and expanding the vision of the arts community in the CSRA. Our wish for you is to become involved in and support the arts.
Geographic areas served: Central Savannah River Area

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Arts Council for more than 15 years. It was one of the first organizations I joined when we moved here. As an artist it has been one of the best investment for my career. The organization works hard for all arts in the community. They are aware of the need for visibility in the government. They maintain great contact locally and regionally and personally. If you are an artist - this organization is a must for good networking!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a participant in the Arts in the Hearts as an artist . I have served as an artist in many of their panel discussions

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make a bigger effort at educating the non-artist community as to the need for arts in the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I performed my poetry at the last Arts in the Heart. It was handled very professionally. The event was advertised well.

My book has been showcased in the Sacred Heart bookstore.

Brenda Durant has been a good friend and devoted arts colleague for the twenty years I have lived in Augusta.

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In every arts endeavor in Augusta, the GAAC has been a major player. Ten years ago I was the chairperson for the Columbia County Grassroots Art Board and after that I was on the committee. I can truly say that the arts council reaches out and touches the lives of many Georgians. Cudos.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization is doing fine with Brenda Durant at the helm.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Greater Augusta Arts as a member of a non profit applying for grants funding, as a part of an arts group participating in Arts in the Heart of Augusta, and as an individual artist participating in the Wet Paint Party. Everything they do is done with excellence. They are a huge asset to our community as a whole, and especailly the arts community in the CSRA.

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I have experienced the results of this group as an individual artist, and as the president of an arts group that they serve and I am very impressed with their atention to the needs of the artists in the arts community and their commitment to provide a quality product in all they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anyting - they listen to the needs of the community, the artists, and the organizations that they serve and work hard to meet these needs. Keep up the good work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Wet Paint Party was a fantastic way to explore art in a exciting manner - historic setting - Sky City - great art to bid on and a fashion show too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the types of art I gotten to experience and enjoy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase membership in this great organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greater Augusta Arts Council (GAAC) has been a part of the fabric of the Central Savannah River Area for as long as I can remember... sponsoring arts infusion programs, spearheading art awareness camps and supporting the efforts of local arts organizations and artists.



I've been a volunteer performer, paid contractor, head of a member organization, award recipient and supporter of Council activities for more than 10 years.



The GAAC "gets it." This organization understands the challenges/rewards of artistic pursuits as well as the work that has to be done to secure partnerships and engage volunteers, all while creating opportunities to develop the next generation of artist and arts lovers. GAAC also promotes local arts events with a weekly radio broadcast/podcast.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I’ve witnessed ArtScape camp participants go on to major in the arts in college. I’ve seen the AHA grow from a single-day festival in the parking lot of the Municipal Bldg to a 4-day multi-location, multi-genre award-winning tourist attraction. I can attest to attendance at and awareness of my jazz events increasing after being included on the GAAC web calendar/podcast.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could, I would increase funds allotted for re-granting, and double the staff in order to expand their reach.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

All of my experiences are positive.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've met new people, and I always welcome the opportunity to meet arts lovers. I also welcome the opportunity to support an organization that "works"

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fulfilled (as though I was making a real impact).... warm, fuzzy...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Greater Augusta Art Council is a real asset to the CSRA, from First Friday, to Arts in the Heart, and now Westobou. These are great events that bring together many of our local communities, artists from around the region and visitors from all over.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

partnering with for small local groups who can participate in the Arts in the Heart Festival.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, accomodating and hard-working

Ways to make it better...

I had had more volunteers in my organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This organization has a truly regional approach to providing cultural experiences for everyone. From First Friday to the Arts in the Heart festival every fall, the Arts Council seems committed to bringing everyone together and improving the quality of life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely caring and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This organization has given us guidance as we became an official non-profit. The GAAC has promoted us. And when we achieved 501c3 status, we were awarded operating support from the GAAC that has allowed us not only to maintain in this economy, but to expand our programming which has met with much success. Members of their staff are extremely in touch with the local art scene, they are regular members of our audience. This group recognizes and fosters legitimate and worthwhile artistic endeavors. Without the GAAC, the art scene in this town would dry up and blow away.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

always received valid and useful information in a timely fashion; awarded granting in a time when it was necessary for survival.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding for events that they host that have become the cornerstones of surrounding art commerce i.e. Arts in the Heart, First Friday, etc. Also, increase the amount of money they can regrant, so deserving artists can continue to work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their staff is present and know first hand what is going on in the community. They attend events and are honest about their reviews.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and friendly, sincere and honest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create and sustain a theatre district and gallery row that could be the focus of regional and national tourism.

Ways to make it better...

The cap for maximum funding wasn't cut to almost half of what it was the previous year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Budget cuts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We, LeChatNoir, bring considerable commerce to this city as commercial property owners and as a theatre company. The GAAC helps groups like us to maintain and grow through the events they produce and the money they regrant. The GAAC needs its budget back.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I work for a non-profit, youth agency and I have seen first-hand what Greater Augusta Arts Council, Inc. can do. Out members learn so much. develop usable skills, and make an abundance of remarkable memories. I am amazed at how much the Arts Council can do in such a short span of time. Watching my members perform under the direction of the council brings tears to my eyes and gives me chill bumps all over!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my agency during the summer months when the council takes several hundred children from 4 clubs to put on the most spectacular performance ever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is a wonderful asset to our community. I look forward to the annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, which in addition to highlighting artists and performers, also highlights the diversity of our community. I believe this is a unique feature and I'm very proud to have it in my community. I also believe the experiences that come from the Artcamps held during the summer for our youth are fantastic. GAAC is innovative in its approach and continues to work to be of a great service to both artists and patrons. Thanks GAAC, Inc.!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the desire to expose and educate our community and the desire to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to the needs of our entire community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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