History of the CCCA
Founded in 1965, the Columbia County Council on the Arts established
itself as a presenting organization bringing such well known groups
as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Duke Ellington Orchestra,
and the Beaux Arts Trio to perform in Columbia County.
By the late 1980's the artistic climate CCCA's founders had hoped
to create had taken root and the number of local arts organizations
had increased dramatically. As a result, CCCA shifted its focus
from that of a presenting organization to that of a service organization.
CCCA's primary constituency is its membership composed of individuals
and arts organizations. Of the membership approximately 650 list
themselves as individual artists, writers, sculptors, filmmakers
and the like.
Photo above: courtesy of Daniel Region
Mission of the CCCA
It is the Council's mission to:
1) produce programs that advance the arts and engage our county's
residents and visitors;
2) provide services that support our county's cultural organizations,
artists and resident participation in the arts;
3) build collaborative partnerships within the county and beyond
so that our vision becomes a reality.
CCCA Board of Directors & Staff
CCCA, with a membership of over 800, serves the thriving arts
community in Columbia County. A Board of Directors representing
a wide range of skills and experience governs the Council. Several
of the Board are weekenders, the majority are full time residents,
representing both urban and rural communities throughout the
The Board includes community volunteers and representatives from
the arts, the business world and the professions.
Fran Heaney, President: Artist; Freelance Writer
John Cooley, Vice President: Author; Professor; Artist
Jeffrey Levin, Treasurer: Photographer; Retired Broker; Educator
Arlene Boehm, Recording Secretary: Artist; Graphic Designer
Gerald Cooley: Marketing; Artist
Deborah Davis: Gallery Owner; Attorney; B & B Owner
Daniel Region: Photographer, Actor, Director, Writer
William Sinclair:Engineer, writer, photographer
Cynthia Mulvaney, Executive Director, CCCA
Renee Weigelt Schermerhorn, Bookkeeper
Colette Lemmon, Decentralization Grants Officer