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The Columbia Arts Council was established in 2014 by the City of Columbia.


Its mission is to promote the Arts in the City of Columbia through awareness, appreciation, education and support thereby creating a connection between artists and audiences to enrich the quality of life for all and position the greater Columbia area as an arts rich community and regional arts destination.


The Columbia Arts Council (CAC) is affiliated as a committee of the City of Columbia. It was formed to implement the mission statement through development of a unified arts calendar, improved communication among various arts groups, and promotion of participation of professional artists, interested amateurs, educators, students and audiences. It is also responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of the City's public artwork collection, as well as to serve as advisors and advocates for the enhancement and integration of the arts in the city. The arts community includes artists and organizations that comprise the performing, cultural, visual, and dramatic arts.


The Columbia Arts Council will be comprised of no more than nine (9) voting members appointed by the Columbia City Council. Members shall serve without compensation. The CAC may make recommendations for positions to the Columbia City Council. Officers consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer elected annually by a simple majority vote of the CAC. A staff support representative is provided by the City of Columbia.


Members serve three (3) year terms.

Member Name  |  Term Expires

Chairperson Susan Manning  |  01/09/2019

Vice-Chairperson Ed Lancaster  |  01/09/2019

Secretary Laura Roode  |  01/09/2021

Treasurer Ross Jaynes  |  01/09/2021

Joe Caliva  |  01/09/2021

Jo Ann McClellan  |  01/09/2019

Beverly Mitchell  |  01/12/2020

Catherine Parks  |  01/12/2020

Meredith Joi Oswald  |  01/12/2020


• Arts District Committee – Laura Roode, Catherine Parks

• Arts Education Committee – All

• Fundraising Committee – Ross Jaynes, All

• Artist Resources Committee – Joe Caliva, Meredith Joi

• Save the Polk Theater – Susan Manning, Ed Lancaster

• Organizational Committee – Bev Mitchell, Jo Ann McClellan


The Columbia Arts Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM in the City Hall Basement, Meeting Room A. 
(It is the policy of the City of Columbia that all City-sponsored public meetings and events are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need assistance in participating in a meeting or event due to a disability as defined under the ADA, please call the City’s ADA Coordinator at (931) 560-1565 or email: at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.)


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