Mission: The Gadsden Arts Center’s mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of the visual arts to improve the quality of life in Gadsden County and the region. The organization works to enhance arts education, provide cultural opportunities, and stimulate economic growth in the community.
Results: The Gadsden Arts Center continues to grow in the range of exhibitions and reach of art education programs. Gadsden Arts is a healthy, well-managed, well-supported organization.
Annual participation contacts: 23,400
Annual operating budget: $285,000
Cash flow: balanced; no debt
Endowment Trust: $450,000
Total Assets: $2.3M
Major Gifts Campaign: has exceeded goal and continues...
Programs: Visual Art Exhibitions - in 6 gallery spaces, changing quarterly, year-round
Permanent Collection numbering 52 quality pieces, including a Vernacular Art Collection centered upon the works of Thornton Dial, Sr.
Education programs include guided tours, interpretive materials and catalogs, drawing and painting classes, summer art camp, student art competitions, an internship program for college and graduate students in related fields, master artist workshops, fine art trips, after-school and in-school art programs
I didn't expect to so impressed by this hidden gem of a gallery, but it was amazing. The Highwaymen Show, while very commercial, was a celebration of imagination and commerce. I loved it so much more that I ever expected to. I continue to drive over for new shows and look forward to taking my Mother visits from Manhattan. I've been exposed to art all my life, and salute the Gadsden Art Group for achieving a rare vision and mission.
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When we moved from Washington, DC to tiny Quincy, FL in 2006 we were amazed to find this cultural gem. We were used to lots of art - museums, galleries, festivals - and the Gasden Arts Center offers an arts experience that can stand up to "the big city." It has regular shows in a great space, offers artwork for sale that mere mortals can afford, and has a delightful gift shop staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. We look forward to the openings, but even more to just wandering through the shows on Saturday mornings when the gallery is quiet so that we can take it all in.