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Shelby County Arts Council –
The mission of the Shelby County Arts Council is to support, nurture and promote the arts and cultural opportunities in Shelby County, Alabama.
Energized by the belief that the arts have the power to inspire individuals and rouse communities, the Shelby County Arts Council has promoted visual and performing arts throughout the county since 2005. The former Columbiana Fine Arts Center was formed in 2004 when Terri Sullivan and a small group of interested citizens responded to the lack of arts programming within Shelby County. They expanded their vision and scope as the Academy of Fine Arts of Shelby County in 2005 and added more classes. As its programs and outreach grew, the name was changed in 2007 to the Shelby County Arts Council to more fully denote its county-wide role of promoting arts programs and assisting artists. The SCAC is fully incorporated as a functioning 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Since the SCAC opened its doors in a rented storefront in the town of Columbiana in 2005, the organization has served thousands of children, youth and adults in a variety of arts education programs including painting, drawing, pottery, jewelry making, music lessons, theater camps, photography and more. The EBSCO Fine Art Gallery located in the Shelby County Arts Center, (the new home of the SCAC) also features rotating art exhibits by local and regional artists. The SCAC also maintains growing outreach programs that takes arts education to Shelby County schools, special needs students, senior citizen centers, and juvenile detention facilities. Join us in celebrating our mission: Imagine, Create & Inspire!