About the CAC

Enriching the Community Through the Fine Arts.

History of the Columbus Arts Council

The Columbus Arts Council has been actively promoting the fine arts in and around Columbus since 1981. The Arts Council operates the Columbus Art Gallery year round.

The Gallery has presented over 200 formal exhibits and offers a gift shop that features even more artists. The Arts Council has also sponsored over 180 performing arts events for schools and the general public that have ranged from ballet to theatre and from storytellers to concerts. Many of these events were the result of partnerships with schools, the city, and other local organizations.

The Arts Council has identified the school children and the seniors in our community as our main audiences. We find that the local school systems, are falling short of meeting the fine arts needs of their students. We also find that that a large percentage of our residents

are choosing to drive to Omaha or Lincoln for their cultural entertainment. However, our growing senior population is either unwilling or unable to drive out of town to events.

After residing in the basement of the Columbus Public Library for over 25 years, the Arts Council board and staff are researching the possibility of partnering with other community groups to develop a downtown cultural center.

The Arts Council supports the community and the arts by maintaining membership in the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Nebraskans for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts.

The Arts Council receives funds for our programs through grants from the Nebraska Arts Council and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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Columbus Arts Council Staff
Board of Directors

Linda Wheatley                              Karen Melcher
President                                       Vice-President

Marilyn Lamb                                 Susan McClure
Secretary                                       Treasurer


Joslyn Barcel-Tate                                Chadric Devin-Harms

Tom Grubaugh                                     Nancy Shadle

Levi Howe                                             Amy Tomasevicz

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501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation

The Columbus Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The financial reports are reviewed monthly by the council’s finance committee and the board of directors. The Arts Council’s funding comes from donations, grants and earned income. The Executive Director and Board plan a careful balance of income sources.

For more complete financial information you may follow the link below to review the Columbus Arts Council’s IRS Form 990. (The Columbus Arts Council is incorporated under the name ‘Columbus Area Arts Council’ and this is the name on the Form 990.)

Download Form 990