The CCCA was founded back in 1965, bringing well known groups to perform in Columbia County. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Beaux Arts Trio have all performed as a result! As more and more local arts organizations started popping up in the area, the Columbia County Council on the Arts was able to shift its focus. It became more of a service organization in the late 1980s.
Now the CCCA’s commitment is to “embrace art in all its magnificent forms.” It’s then shared throughout the community to help ensure that the arts will always be around. To help uplift, inspire and enrich lives, the Columbia County Council on the Arts offers programs that support and reflect the work of their artists, more than 800 in fact. And if you think that’s a lot, what about the thousands of residents and visitors that make their way to CCCA each year?
The Columbia County Council on the Arts had a phenomenal 2013 season. Just this past year, the CCCA presented ArtsWalk 2013, which offered two days of literary events and highlighted plays of noted professional playwrights. One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, ArtsWalk even offered activities for the kids this year, not to mention the 250 works of art that could be viewed during the Member’s show.
Also in 2013, the CCCA helped create and launch the Art School of Columbia County. It is a great addition to Columbia County, as it also helps coordinate the Hillsdale Arts Festival, an event that highlights fine arts and music throughout the village of Hillsdale.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Columbia County Council on the Arts hosted six group shows in its 209 Warren Street gallery. They hosted their yearly juried show at Hudson Opera House, along with a plein-air fundraising event at the Olana State Historic site and six member solo show exhibits in the Chamber’s gallery.
So how do you know when to visit the CCCA Gallery? January 18 is a great time to start! From January 18 – March 14, 2014, they’ll be hosting their first show of the year and season. Nature Morte et Vivant will showcase still life, florals and botanicals. There will be an opening reception on the 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here to view their online gallery.
Again, there have been many changes at the Columbia County Council on the Arts, as it welcomed a new executive director. Cynthia Mulvaney took over that role, in addition to Renee Weigelt Schermerhorn as Bookkeeper and Colette Lemmon as Decentralization Grants Officer. Because the CCCA has a membership of more than 800, there is also a Board of Directors governing the council. Most are full time residents that represent both the urban and rural areas in the county.
Photo courtesy of: CCCA