About CAC: Mission / History


"Inspiring a Broad and Diverse audience; creating a sense of community

and innovation by engaging various art forms throughout the region."


The Columbus Arts Council was organized in 1965 and incorporated in 1971. Our primary service is in Columbus and Lowndes County but our programs draw people from all over Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.


Since 1997, our home has been the Rosenzweig Arts Center (RAC) in the heart of downtown Columbus. The RAC features a sales and exhibit gallery, classroom space, theater space and meeting rooms. Services include re-granting to local art organizations as well as promotion and ticketing services for other local art groups. Our programs include the Young People's Artist Series, Concert and Artist Series, free monthly gallery shows, performances in the Omnova Theater, Art Underground classes and our Summer Art Camp.


As a nonprofit organization our major sources of funding are grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, The Mississippi Humanities Council, Weyerhaeuser, City of Columbus, Lowndes County and the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau. However, we would not be able to exist without local corporate sponsorships and private individuals through the purchase of memberships, event tickets, class tuition, building rentals and gallery sales.  Any time you pay for a ticket, give a donation, or become a member that money goes towards more programming and support of arts and arts education. 


The team of staff at the CAC includes two full-time staff; the Interim Executive Director/Program Manager and the Executive Assistant, and three full-time Americorp VISTA members.


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Columbus Arts Council Logo

"There is much more to an arts council than just a gallery.  It is not a museum to be disconnected from and merely "visited" but a place meant to be a part of the every day life of the community not only as a hub for artistic means, but as a tool for the education of art itself.  It is because of these qualities that this logo has come into existence.  A representation of the building blocks of art, not just squares but an emphasis of the basics portrayed through the ever cemented primary colors.  Just as a book written in English is only a rearrangement of 26 letters the entirety of the color spectrum is but a combination of these three hues.  The ABC's of art in a sense."  

-Chelsea Mitchell, logo designer

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