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Columbus
Area
Arts
Council

About the Columbus Area Arts Council

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a non-profit organization that enriches the community through arts projects and programs, including exhibitions, events, local artist development initiatives, and grants to artists and organizations. We provide resources and develop strategies that impact local culture and quality of life.

CAAC is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for Region 9, representing Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties.

Mission​

To strengthen the community through arts and culture

Vision

To be the central resource for the arts by inspiring a creative life for all

Values

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

Strategic Objectives

Serve the Community

Cultivate a Creative Network

Foster and Develop Young Talent

Expand Quality of Place

Areas of Focus

Visual Art

Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Public Art

Design

Graphic Design, Textiles, Furniture, Architecture

Performance

Dance, Theatre, Music

Literary Art

Poetry, Spoken Word

Film

Independent, Documentary

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.

Mission / Vision
Board of Directors

Julie Del Genio

President

 

Kelsey Finch

Vice President

Ross Kunkler

Treasurer

 

Amy McCormick

Secretary​

Anna Denoyer

 

Ryan Doughty

 

Annie Johnson

Daniel Luis Martinez

Abhishek Satham

Sharon Sung Andrews

CAAC Staff
Creative Team

Brooke Hawkins

Executive Director

Kim Wadholm

Operations Manager 

Anjali Naryaranan

Program Coordinator

Yoonji Jung

Graphic Designer

History

 

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 2024.

Annual Reports
Board
Staff / Team
History
Annual Reports
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