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Greater Augusta Arts Council, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts Education, Museums

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

Programs: Various activities that support the organization's goals to develop programs. Goals include strengthening the area's cultural institutions and improve the quality of education in the areas of art and music. They also serve as an advocate for development of new cultural facilities and programs throughout the csra.

arts in the heart of augusta festival has been in existence for over 25 years. A 2-1/2 day celebration for the area to promote arts, cultural resources and crafts. Approximate attendance of 60,000. Planned by board and community volunteers. Over 600 volunteers work during the 2-1/2 day event. Now it is part of the westobou festival, which increases marketing across the southeast. The city of augusta and sponsors contribute to the event. The event features booths from over 15 local ethnic organizations, 70 artist booths, and 4 stages including performances by local singers, dancers, actors, writers and art schools. A free hands on children's area is provided along with numerous ethnic performances that brand our event.

regrant city funds to individual art groups through grant program. The greater augusta arts council acts as the cultural arm of the city of augusta. Each year, we regrant funds designated by the city, to non-profit arts organization programs in richmond county. We serve as the regional administrator for the ga council for the arts by awarding $75,000 to a twelve county area.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Karen G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.