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Review for Greater Augusta Arts Council, Inc., Augusta, GA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I help organize the Literary Tent for AITH and sit on the Steering Committee for First Friday.