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Columbus
Area
Arts
Council

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.

 

Board of Directors

Mike Elwood

President

 

Eric Neal

Vice President

Matthew Sullivan 

Treasurer

Julie Del Genio

Secretary​

Karen Deitrick

Kelsey Finch

 

Ross Kunkler

Amy McCormick

Cheryl Miles-Vieth

Sharon Sung Andrews

 

T. Kelly Wilson

CAAC Staff

Brooke Hawkins

Interim Executive Director

Kim Wadholm

Operations Manager 

Mandy Grimes

Program Coordinator

Creative Team

Haley Anderson

6th Street Arts Alley Event Coordinator

Jan Banister

Interim Gallery Coordinator

Kris Roberts

Special Projects Coordinator

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 2022.

Annual Reports