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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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706-826-4702 ext
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I play in a local band and it has been a lot of fun playing at the First Friday events. It gave us (my band) an opportunity to play infront of a live audience. From my perspective, I see the faces of the people that stop to listen and they sure look like they are having a good time. FF brings people downtown for a chance to have fun and some free entertainment in a family friendly environment. First Friday is a great thing for our city.

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

the First Friday events held downtown.

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

performing for the people of Augusta and the surrounding communities. People really seem to enjoy themselves.

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

very accommodating and easy to work with. A great group of people.

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

do great things bring art & culture to the masses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

What I love about the Greater Augusta Arts Council is they are all moving forward. Their Director is innovative and encourages their organization to move into the new and unknown. I have watched Arts in the Hearts grow and evolve into an impressive venue that Augusta and Georgia should be extremely proud of. They do so much to make Augusta a better place to be- Arts in the Hearts, First Friday, Re-granting, working with other Arts groups to bring them together as one. They make our community a better place to live!

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

Finance, Arts in the Heart, First Friday

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

The ability to be creative and learning new things.

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

I've met and working with wonderful caring individuals

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

Surpass everyone's expectations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I am always impressed with the work of the GAAC-serving as ambassador for the entire arts community and reinforcing the role of arts and culture in the economic health of our community. In addition, their signature event, Arts in the Heart, is a top-rated event in the nation and unifies our city in a way that no other event does.

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

The team at the Greater Augusta Arts Council are exceptional! Professional, creative, efficient and caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

I have participated in First Friday events for many years. In the beginning, the events were very disorganized. I am one of the street musicians. There was no real authority taking control of the location of the musical acts which resulted in some of the acts being located too close to each other. Early on, event security was almost non-existent. Now security guards are visible through out the night. In addition, the current staff of the Greater Augusta Arts Council understands the importance of these events as they relate to improvement in the "livability" of the Augusta area. Overall, a great improvement.

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

The organization of First Friday events.

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

The professional manner in which they conduct themselves. The staff members also understand how their work improves the overall quality of life of the community.

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

Vastly improve the artistic community in the Augusta area. That would improve the quality of life in the community and help attract others to the area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is full of fabulous people who help promote the fine arts in the Augusta Area. I've been able to see first-hand the long hours and stressful days that they put in working for their cause. They are all very dedicated at determined to spread education of the fine arts to every person in our area, with no age, color, gender, ethnic, or racial prejudices. They are all very loving and supportive of every good cause they come across.

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

the youth of augusta who have benefitted from summer programs funded through grants written for, and attained by, the GAAC. Also jsut generally in the community. I go to put in job applications and I hear, "Hey! You're that girl from First Friday!"

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

not touch a thing but the funding. that i'd raise substantially.

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

the love that radiates off of all the people in the office and who are associated with the Council.

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

soooo accepting and pleasant. I count them all as dear freinds and associates and have grown close to them over my years of volunteering.

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

change the world, of course. :)

Ways to make it better...

Santa Clause of Jesus himself had shown up! and only then would it have been better.

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

funding. The heart, drive, and wit is already there - but the funding is lacking becuase of the economic times.

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

if you've never volunteered with the GAAC staff, you really should. It's a blast.

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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10 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the Greater Augusta Arts Council for many years. The main event is Arts in the Heart every fall. They have a great staff and source of volunteers to help put on this event. They are a joy to help and all their events are very professional and organized.

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

awesome and ready to work. Everyone is excited about the events and want to make it a success.

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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11 people found this review helpful

My organization has participated in its First Friday event. I've found that staff have gone out of their way to facilitate our organization's participation and that the management of the First Friday event is successful.

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

diligent in working to improve life in Augusta.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the GAAC for many years. I have served on the board for several years and as a general volunteer for others. GAAC preimer event is Ats in the Heart of Augusta. I love helping to make the best Cultural event in the CSRA become a reality ever year.

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

Helping with Atrs in Heart of Augusta. It truly is a wonderful cultural event that highlights both diversity and the Arts.

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

Widening my experinces and appreciation for the arts and working with a group of people who truly care.

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

Excited to be a part of the mission.

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

With some matching funds, build a wonderful Center for the Arts which Augusta needs.

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: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My first experience with the GAAC was Arts in the Heart. I was reminded of the many cultural arts programs I use to attend in the greater Orlando area. I am pleased to now be participating in organizing the literary arts at this event and have watched the event improve steadily every year since I first attended in 2001. Since the GAAC took on the First Friday Arts Celebration, I have participated as patron, volunteer and local business. We have been working to improve this event as well and are looking forward to a bright 2010.

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

drawing tens of thousands of people to Downtown Augusta through both Arts in the Heart and First Friday which has a direct impact on my bookstore.

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

hire more staff and fund it fully.

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

the people I have worked with are fantastic and driven to work hard for the Arts Community and improve the quality of life for Augustans and those visiting our community.

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

amiable, courteous and eager to find compromises that benefit the various groups influenced by their activities.

Ways to make it better...

there were more paid staffers to carry out the daily needs of the organization. Too often the staff finds itself stretched thin by the numerous activities necessary to achieve it's goals.

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

securing stable funding. The Arts always seem to be the first on the chopping block for budget cuts and are often underappreciated despite the significant economic impact they provide to the City of Augusta.

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

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: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I am the director of a non-profit. The Greater Augusta Arts Council provides us opps to perform and helps us to know about community arts events and potential ways for us to make money for our work through arts foundations and grant. The staff at the Greater Augusta Arts Council has been not only professional, but very helpful in the work that they do to serve the public and the overall arts community.

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

them providing opportunities for us to perform

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

Brenda Durant's wonderful help

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

Brenda is the main person that we have dealt with and she has always been great.

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

Do so much more to help the arts community and enhance the quality of life in our area for the general public. Perhaps money for a new performing arts center would be one of those things funded. Columbia County has no sizable arts facility.

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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