Mission: Create & Connect.
Our vision is to be a vibrant, inclusive cultural arts center inspiring and delivering life-long art education and experiences.
The Johns Creek Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1996 as the Warsaw-Ocee Arts Center with the purpose of providing arts services to audiences in north Fulton County. The organization changed its name to the Johns Creek Arts Center in 2006 when we moved into our current location on Abbotts Bridge Road in the City of Johns Creek. The arts center facility boasts an outstanding ceramic studio, a digital arts lab, and instruction in a wide variety of visual media. JCAC also has an expansive outreach program that conducts classes and workshops in more than a dozen locations in surrounding communities.
The Center navigated through COVID with a closing of only eight weeks in 2020. Creative financial moves and diligent planning afforded the Center to remain solvent and with a cash reserve of over $125,000. Organizational effectiveness was improved through establishment of a diverse Board of Directors. The Board has defined committee structures and a comprehensive evaluation process for the Center’s director and staff. Our involvement in the community has increased significantly by engaging the diverse ethnicities that make up our community, working collaboratively with other local non-profits. The Center’s outreach programs are expanding and remain key to reaching the underserved.
- We have expanded the number of art exhibitions. Annually, the Center hosts 7 exhibitions on site and with the help of our Artist Guild of volunteers, 16 exhibitions off site at venues in our community.
- The Center has received the following acknowledgements for the 26 years of service to the community as a non-profit organization:
- 2021 Proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners presented by Commissioner Liz Hausmann
- 2021 Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives presented by Representative Angelika Kausche
- 2022 Resolution from the Georgia Senate presented by Senator Michelle Au
- 2022 Proclamation from City of Johns Creek presented by Mayor John Bradberry
- The Center has been recognized as a Legacy Partner with the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton Arts & Culture. One of only four entities to receive this honor.
- The Center instructs after school art enrichment programs at 7 local elementary schools.
- Enrollment for classes and camps has grown so much so that year to date 2022 that we have suffered over 500+ youth and adults on waitlists. We have rented ancillary education space for the last 3 years along with classrooms at a local church for summer camps.
- The immense expansion in the desire for participation comes from the impact we have had on not only our local area, but on communities beyond Johns Creek to include Suwanee, Duluth, Norcross, Cumming, Peachtree Corners, and Alpharetta. Our arts programming was expanded to address special needs arts, senior outreach art programs and cross cultural programming to address the ever-growing diversity of people residing in our community. Our dedicated marketing and communication efforts has created a social media platform that continues to reach an ever-growing and diverse community.
Looking forward over the next 3 years, we will continue to strive to improve our financial viability and organizational effectiveness. Our primary strategic emphasis will be to identify steps necessary to obtain a new, larger facility in order to serve all and increase diversify the number and level of art educational classes and art experiences.