Date of Incorporation: 1991
Mission: This body shall be a nonprofit cultural and educational agency to support, encourage, coordinate, and promote high-quality activities and programs in the arts and humanities for the Chickasha area community..
Organization overview: The Council was incorporated in 1991 as the Washita Valley Arts Council until its reorganization in 2000 as the Chickasha Area Arts Council.
The council was revitalized as a direct response of community strategic planning through the Oklahoma Community Institute in 2002 with the responsibility of providing a focus to area arts activities. Specific initiatives addressed identified community weaknesses in the following areas:
- Community Pride (stemming from oil busts from the 20's and 80's)
- Arts Access to Classes and Workshops (due to rural nature of community.) Activities resulting from board directives is and has addressed these issues with the following activities:
- Public Art collaborations with local city government
- A cultural/history tour of the local cemetery featuring actors portraying community citizens
- Annual arts festival for families in the local park
- Annual workshops based on community input (including Ballroom Dancing, Poetry, Creative Writing, Theatrical Improvisation, and Music Therapy)
- Enhancement and support of a children's multi-disciplinary arts camp called ArtScope. FY2007/08, CAAC significantly reduced activities to enable community strategic planning
President - Erin Thompson
Vice President - Adam Heilman
Secretary - Susan Gearhart
Treasurer - Sue Getman
Board of Directors
Allison Cofer Suzan Colvin
Debbie Fritter Mary Frances Hathaway
Amber Heilman Doug Lewis
Angela Moore Brian Pogue
Pamela Pogue April Shipley-Brenner
Sharon Storms Susan Beth Willhelm
We want to give a special thanks to our sponsors and contributors
who allow us to continue to provide our community with quality arts programming.
Chickasha Area Arts Council is a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation,
tax exempt under United States Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3).
Our Federal ID Number is 73-1385017.
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P.O. Box 505
Chickasha, OK 73023-0505