The Greater Augusta Arts Council was founded in 1968 by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the Junior Women’s Club, and the Junior League of Augusta to serve as an umbrella organization for the arts in Augusta. Over the years, we have taken an increasingly active role in planning and implementing Augusta’s cultural identity. Currently, we serve as Augusta’s Public Art Agency, and also the agency in charge of re-granting arts funds from the City of Augusta. We also organize opportunities and events for both artists and art lovers, including the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, a 2 1/2 day celebration of the varied arts and cultural diversity that make up Augusta. Other events and outreach programs we produce are: Aspirations workshop series, the annual Wet Paint Party and Sale, and the annual Arts Awards dinner.