To strengthen the community through arts and culture
To be the central resource for the arts by inspiring a creative life for all
Accessibility: Making the arts available to everyone regardless of their ability
Diversity: Embracing and enabling our diverse culture
Inclusion: Inviting everyone to participate and be better together
Collaboration: Engaging key partners in the process
Excellence: Delivering quality with integrity in everything we do
Serve the Community
Cultivate a Creative Network
Foster and Develop Young Talent
Expand Quality of Place
Areas of Focus
Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Public Art
Graphic Design, Textiles, Furniture, Architecture
Dance, Theatre, Music
Poetry, Spoken Word
Cultural Equity Statement
With a vision “to be the central resource for the arts by inspiring a creative life for all,” CAAC is committed to providing everyone access to the arts. We are actively shaping a creative community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable, welcoming participation regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.
Board of Directors
Julie Del Genio
Sharon Sung Andrews
T. Kelly Wilson
Interim Executive Director
6th Street Arts Alley Event Coordinator
Interim Gallery Coordinator
Special Projects Coordinator
In 1972 the Driftwood Valley Arts Council was formed. In 1989 the Driftwood Valley Arts Council and The Commons staffs were combined into the Columbus Area Arts Council under one board of directors.
The Columbus Area Arts Council is a leading arts agency in Bartholomew County, partnering with state, regional and local organizations to bring the arts to everyone. CAAC is a not-for-profit corporation supported by public and private donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding & Sponsorship
CAAC is a non-profit organization supported by private and public donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cummins Inc. and Elwood Staffing are CAAC's investor-level sponsors in 2022.