About the Center for Cultural Arts

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Building a Strong Foundation for the Arts

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 2020

Chair: Catherine Martin Vice Chair: 
Secretary: Elisabeth Hardin Treasurer: Ms. Kay Moore Ex Officio: Mayor Sherman Guyton
David Simmons Heidi Prime Shane Ellison Portia Foster  
Belinda Reddick Michael Causey Teresa Rhea      
Lisa Thacker Noorkarim Nagji Steve Hildebrant Helene Haller

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