About CAC: Mission / History

 Mission: To present, promote, support, and inspire artists and creative endeavors.  Vision: The Council advocates a better understanding of and appreciation for the arts and their role in our diverse community.


The Columbus Arts Council was organized in 1965 and incorporated in 1971. Our primary service is in Columbus and Lowndes County but our programs draw people from all over Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.


Since 1997, our home has been the Rosenzweig Arts Center (RAC) in the heart of downtown Columbus. The RAC features a sales and exhibit gallery, classroom space, theater space and meeting rooms. Services include re-granting to local art organizations as well as promotion and ticketing services for other local art groups. Our programs include the Young People's Artist Series, Concert and Artist Series, free monthly gallery shows, performances in the Omnova Theater, Art Underground classes and our Summer Art Camp.


As a nonprofit organization our major sources of funding are grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, The Mississippi Humanities Council, Weyerhaeuser, City of Columbus, Lowndes County and the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau. However, we would not be able to exist without local corporate sponsorships and private individuals through the purchase of memberships, event tickets, class tuition, building rentals and gallery sales.  Any time you pay for a ticket, give a donation, or become a member that money goes towards more programming and support of arts and arts education. 


The team of staff at the CAC includes three full-time staff; the Executive Director, the Program Manager and the Executive Assistant, and two full-time VISTA members.


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

New Columbus Arts Council Logo Effective January 2013

Congratulations to Chelsea Mitchell, the winner of our Logo Design Contest!  This logo will represent the Columbus Arts Council on all marketing and publicity effective January 2013. Chelsea, age 23, is originally from Metropolis/Brookport Illinois and currently majoring in Graphic Design at MUW.


 "There is much more to an arts council than just a gallery.  It is not a museum to be disconnected from and merely "visited" but a place meant to be a part of the every day life of the community not only as a hub for artistic means, but as a tool for the education of art itself.  It is because of these qualities that this logo has come into existence.  A representation of the building blocks of art, not just squares but an emphasis of the basics portrayed through the ever cemented primary colors.  Just as a book written in English is only a rearrangement of 26 letters the entirety of the color spectrum is but a combination of these three hues.  The ABC's of art in a sense."  -Chelsea Mitchell's artist statement regarding the logo design

January 14, 2015


The Big Read

We and our project partners are excited to invite our community to join in "The Big Read" kicking off this month and continuing into March.   Our focus book, Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" is a great American classic
which won Wilder his first  Pulitzer Prize in 1928.   Since it's first printing in 1927, the book has NEVER been out of print!   The story is well written, immersing us into Peruvian culture and creating fascinating character studies--all in a fairly short read.
For more information follow this link
"The Big Read" is a grant program established by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
in 2006 in response to studies reflecting the sad rapid decline of reading in America.   
The program was developed to provide organizations with the means to develop community
wide reading programs.   Through the focus on one book, we can encourage community
reading, discussion and participation amongst diverse audiences.  From this we can all
come together to learn about the worlds encompassed in one story, and hopefully encourage
a renewed interest in reading.

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