About the Center for Cultural Arts

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Our mission:
The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation serves as a hub of community arts.
Our Vision:
We enrich our lives, support artistic and cultural progress, affirm individual value and dignity, and promote a sense of well-being for all people.

We accomplish our goals using the following programs and initiatives

  • Imagination Place Children's Museum and Outreach/Offsite programs
  • Downtown Dance Conservatory
  • Music Center at Temple Beth Israel
  • Etowah Youth Orchestras
  • Gadsden Community School for the Arts
  • Concerts, lectures and live audience events
  • YouthALIVE!
  • Coosa Valley Model Railroad
  • pARTnerships / with City, Walnut Gallery, GMA and GSCC
  • Gadsden Reads
  • our facilities as public and rental space
  • development of planned giving program

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation Board of Directors for 2019

Chair: Christie Knowles Vice Chair: Catherine Martin
Secretary: Elisabeth Hardin Treasurer: Ms. Kay Moore Ex Officio: Mayor Sherman Guyton
David Simmons Heidi Prime Shane Ellison Portia Foster  
Belinda Reddick Michael Causey Steve Hilderbrant  
Mrs. Lisa Thacker Noorkarim Nagji Julie Smith Bill Haller, III

2018 Attendance by the numbers

# of programs program # of people served
10 Exhibits 18,283
102 fieldtrips/programs CCA 7,209
153 outreach programs at schools 4,434
28 YouthALIVE! Programs 1,375
68 Concerts/live audiences 27,335
376 functions at CCA 12.960
7 EYO concerts 3,250
14 schools EYO students 310
318 Community School for the Arts classes 801
1,076 TOTAL 75,957