Greater Augusta Arts Council, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   34 reviews

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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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EIN 58-6074146
706-826-4702 ext
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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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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