Our mission is to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the fine arts in Champaign County, Ohio.
The Champaign County Arts Council Inc. (CCAC) was incorporated by 30 local individuals in 1974 as a completely volunteer organization. The first fund drive netted 43 members and $532; the first year’s budget was $1685. In 1984, CCAC rented its first performance space and hired a permanent, part-time "Executive Secretary", a position later changed to "Executive Director."
In 2004, CCAC celebrated its 30th anniversary with a move into a new office/gallery space, allowing artwork to be hung "in-house." The larger space is also a storefront location in downtown Urbana with a public art exhibit and arts items for sale. To date, the Arts Council has invested more than $2 million in the arts in Champaign County.
How are We Supported?
Memberships, contributions from business, industry, foundations, school partnerships and event sponsors have supplied at least 80% of funding for programs, activities and management since the Arts Council was founded.
Additional monies are raised through event admission, registration fees and product sales. This is supplemented by grants from the Ohio Arts Council and county/regional government entities.
Also, generous donations of time, materials and special services from individuals and businesses in Champaign County and surrounding areas give a significant boost to CCAC resources.