The Acworth Cultural Arts Center (ACAC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation formed to enhance art education and awareness of the arts here. Community leaders in government, cultural organizations, artists and individual supporters of the arts are coming together to offer a homegrown solution to evaporating public funding for the arts in schools and other areas. The ACAC supports fine arts printmaking with the Red Onion Press,  visual arts, musical performances and poetry readings with the Main Street Gallery.  With the 2016 Allatoona Book Festival last October, the ACAC along with a number of local sponsors, with funding from the Georgia Council for Humanities provided a significant opportunity for Georgia writers and readers to come together and celebrate the written as well as the spoken word.  

The Mission

 We will provide an arts facility that nurtures creative energy through education, awareness, and activities to enhance quality of life. The vision behind this initiative is a community rich in enthusiasm for the arts supported by a world class arts center that offers performance and educational opportunities for all.

Do you have a passion for the Arts?

The Acworth Cultural Arts Center is looking to add members to its Board of Directors, through a deliberate recruitment process focused on specific skills, background and diversity, to support the continued growth and development of the organization. The ACAC is seeking board members who have a passion for the arts, education, and serving the community.

Specific expectations of board members are: attend monthly board meetings; serve, actively on at least one committee of the organization, attend scheduled committee meetings throughout the year, and carrying out organizational activities within the committee structure; attend concerts and events; participate in personal financial giving and raising funds for the organization; and provide overall governance and strategic direction to the organization.

Articles of incorporation

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Strategic Plan

 

ACAC Board of Directors

 
Gerra Anya, Treasurer A graduate of Rockhurst University with a M.Ed, her specialization is in integrating art, literature and history into the education curriculum. Prior, she earned a business degree and worked in a contract position with Wells Fargo in grant making and wealth management services. She has served on two boards, the Boys and Girls Club and the Traditional Music Society, which specialized in drumming and dancing from the West African countries and the Caribbean.

Gerra Anya, Treasurer A graduate of Rockhurst University with a M.Ed, her specialization is in integrating art, literature and history into the education curriculum. Prior, she earned a business degree and worked in a contract position with Wells Fargo in grant making and wealth management services. She has served on two boards, the Boys and Girls Club and the Traditional Music Society, which specialized in drumming and dancing from the West African countries and the Caribbean.

Clemens Bak, the founder of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, President of the Board of Directors  grew up as the son of two career artists. He was essentially home-schooled in the arts. His “hands-on apprenticeship,” working in his parents’ studio, included working with mosaics, sculpture and printmaking and stained glass before moving on to a life in manufacturing. Moving to Georgia in 1986, Clemens Bak worked as an engineer at Fabrico — EIS, a division of Genuine Parts Corporation (GPC). until his retirement in 2016.  On the side he began writing, lecturing and producing exhibitions to preserve his parent’s legacy. In 2007, Bak founded Gallery 4463 in Acworth. 

Clemens Bak, the founder of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, President of the Board of Directors  grew up as the son of two career artists. He was essentially home-schooled in the arts. His “hands-on apprenticeship,” working in his parents’ studio, included working with mosaics, sculpture and printmaking and stained glass before moving on to a life in manufacturing. Moving to Georgia in 1986, Clemens Bak worked as an engineer at Fabrico — EIS, a division of Genuine Parts Corporation (GPC). until his retirement in 2016.  On the side he began writing, lecturing and producing exhibitions to preserve his parent’s legacy. In 2007, Bak founded Gallery 4463 in Acworth. 

Brenda Smith, Secretary  A former creative director with more than 25 years of advertising, design and teaching experience under her belt, she is an artist, metalsmith and award-winning designer currently residing in Atlanta. She transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design and recently won and international award from the Pearl Association. She earned her BFA from Kent State University and her MBA from Kennesaw State University.  

Brenda Smith, Secretary  A former creative director with more than 25 years of advertising, design and teaching experience under her belt, she is an artist, metalsmith and award-winning designer currently residing in Atlanta. She transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design and recently won and international award from the Pearl Association. She earned her BFA from Kent State University and her MBA from Kennesaw State University.  

Darlene Knight, Board Member A leading citizen of Acworth, she founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theater on Main from 2007 to 2014.  Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.  

Darlene Knight, Board Member A leading citizen of Acworth, she founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theater on Main from 2007 to 2014.  Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.

 

Carlos Solis, Board Member Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Solis now lives in Georgia. He studied business and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in Venezuela before moving to the U.S. to continue his studies in commercial art and design. Since launching his career as a painter, he has exhibited widely in the Midwest and in Georgia. He has also designed and executed a number of public art murals in schools and churches.

Richard Searle studied Art as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Printmaking.  He was a member of the Visions Artist Guild while at KSU and co-founder of KSU Print Club. Richard went on to complete his studies as a Arts Educator with a Masters degree (M.A.T) in Art Education. Certified K-12 in State of Georgia, Richard teaches Art at Mt. Paran High School. 

Richard Searle studied Art as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Printmaking.  He was a member of the Visions Artist Guild while at KSU and co-founder of KSU Print Club. Richard went on to complete his studies as a Arts Educator with a Masters degree (M.A.T) in Art Education. Certified K-12 in State of Georgia, Richard teaches Art at Mt. Paran High School. 

 Carol Allegood, Board Member  Working for many years as an elementary teacher, and now a Realtor in Acworth, Carol focuses much of her time on her passion as a full-time painter. A resident of Acworth for years, she is the wife of the mayor of Acworth, Tommy Allegood and together they have been involved in many public service projects that have helped transform Acworth into a popular destination.   

 Carol Allegood, Board Member  Working for many years as an elementary teacher, and now a Realtor in Acworth, Carol focuses much of her time on her passion as a full-time painter. A resident of Acworth for years, she is the wife of the mayor of Acworth, Tommy Allegood and together they have been involved in many public service projects that have helped transform Acworth into a popular destination.   

Christopher Martin, Board Member.  Christopheris author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, which won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press in early 2017. He is also author of the poetry collections Marcescence, Everything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His poems are included in Stone, River, Sky and The Southern Poetry Anthology. Chris is the editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He is an instructor of English at Kennesaw State University. He holds an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. He lives with his wife and their two young children in Acworth.

Christopher Martin, Board Member.  Christopheris author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, which won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press in early 2017. He is also author of the poetry collections Marcescence, Everything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His poems are included in Stone, River, Sky and The Southern Poetry Anthology. Chris is the editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He is an instructor of English at Kennesaw State University. He holds an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. He lives with his wife and their two young children in Acworth.