The mission of the Center for Contemporary Arts is to empower and inspire artists, children and the community through the arts. The Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1989 with the support of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council to provide enriching and educational experiences, community outreach and a collaborative environment for both experienced and aspiring artists. The Center serves as a catalyst through which artist members exhibit, work, share and evolve creatively among other artists. Over 60 artist members participate in solo and group shows. Four galleries, one devoted to photography, present 28 exhibitions free to the public and attracts over 28,000 visitors each year. The Center is home to 10 studios where artists create and exhibit original work. In addition to artist member shows, the Center hosts exhibits from the West Texas Photographic Society, Intercollegiate Art Competition, CCA National Juried Art Competition, selections from the 24fps short film and video competition sponsored by the Paramount Theatre and presents ArtWalk on the second Thursday of every month. The Center’s robust Education program, ArtReach, serves the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. We design programs targeting persons with PTSD, learning disabilities and adolescents who cannot attend school.
The Center for Contemporary Arts operates on a very lean operation budget. The Board and staff work tirelessly to keep all programming free for everyone. It is our desire that art should not be a luxury, but a part of every person's life. By keeping all programming free, everyone no matter their socio-economic situation, can have an art experience at the Center. We offer free lectures, drawing classes, ArtWalk, ArtReach and exhibitions. Help us keep the Center FREE for everyone.
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