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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a downtown energizer, I have been involved for years with the Greater Augusta Arts Council as a volunteer and participant in the many wonderful events they sponsor and bring to town. They bring so much life and color to our community in so many aspects, I do not have time to mention them all, but would be remiss not to include Arts in the Heart. My girls and I have been going for 20 years to this event and it keeps getting beter every year. Now my grandsons are going and enjoying the wonderful arts and community spirit that keeps me and my children here.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

These folks do alot with a little- always the sign of a great non-profit. Especially excel at community events. Arts-In-The-Heart of Augusta is a jewel of September every year. And they they took on monthly First Friday downtown when it looked as if it would fall by the wayside. The Arts Calendar and radio arts show, bunches of other stuff.