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


It is the mission of the Columbia Arts Council 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 is 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.

CHAIR  Quan McFall

VICE CHAIR  Sarah Kennedy 

SECRETARY Beverly Mitchell


Aaron Thomas

Ron York

3 Vacant Seats



Columbia Arts District
Purpose: To raise awareness, encourage activity, and promote events in the arts district

Purpose: To raise funds to promote and support the work of the Columbia Arts Council

Public Art 
Purpose: To encourage, facilitate, and help fund public art installations and events in Columbia

Community Involvement
To engage various local groups, clubs, businesses, organizations, and leaders by creating relationships and partnerships that bring awareness and support to the perpetuation of the Columbia Arts Council’s mission.


The Columbia Arts Council meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 PM at Columbia State Community College, 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia in Finney Library. NOTE: There will not be a regular monthly meeting in the month of January due to the inclement weather conditions.
(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) 560-1574 or email: at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.)


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If you'd like to join a committee, have a question about the Columbia Arts Council, or you want to join the artists' registry, please EMAIL US.