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Enhance Quality of Life with Art Membership Join, Renew or Sponsor CCAC

 by Eva Potter

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s mission is to promote the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts. That’s a mouthful. But what does that really mean?

By offering art classes, art camps for kids, professional development training and marketing support for artists and arts organizations, and by linking creativity with economic development, CCAC does all this and more. They also distribute grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to nonprofits and artists in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

For 13 years, CCAC has promoted quality of life through the arts, and as funding sources dry up, membership support has become more important than ever. If you believe arts and culture have a positive impact on life in the region, CCAC invites you to become a member now.

Memberships begin at $15 for students and go up to corporate-level sponsorships, each with increasing member benefits. As a member, you receive a membership card, which qualifies you for various discounts at regional businesses. In addition, every member coming on board at $30 and above will receive a limited-edition print by Sean Huntington, noted watercolor artist, ready for framing. Finally, for every $25 of membership dues, you will receive one raffle chance for a prize package that includes a garden sculpture by ceramic artist Peter Goergen and 2013-2014 season tickets for the Southern Tier Symphony. The drawing will be held on Jan. 14, 2013.

Memberships have supported CCAC’s ability to grow, flourish and deliver the arts directly to local communities. Last year alone, 125 children from around the region learned and created at winter, spring, and summer art camps; the fifth annual  Routes to Art self-guided tour attracted over a thousand visitors; and 150 artists received professional training in marketing and exhibiting their work. CCAC also distributed grant funding to 30 non-profits organizations across three counties, positively impacting regional economic development.

The Community Art & Pottery Studio at 100 Main St. in Allegany hosts Jamestown Community College painting and ceramics classes, as well as a high school art enrichment program through BOCES Cooperative Services Program.

CCAC also sponsors hands-on, free and low-cost workshops at Allegany State Park, in public libraries and other venues throughout the region. Past workshops have included oil painting, guitar playing, metal sculpture, art books, creative writing, acting, origami, basket weaving, pottery, photography, landscape painting, jewelry making, watercolors for kids, and even belly dancing.

In addition, CCAC members receive nice discounts to some pretty cool art classes. This fall, you can sign up for Creative Ceramics with Audrey Dowling, Origami Paper Sculpture with Robert Taylor, Pottery for the People with Anne Mormile, Practical Foundations of Digital Photography by Joelle Wolters, Creative Journaling with Deb Eck and Paper Sculptures with Patricia Eckstrom.

Become a friend of the arts with a CCAC membership and help enhance quality of life in the region. For information about membership options, go to or call (716 372-7455.

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