Shelby County Arts Council
The Shelby County Arts Council (formerly the Academy of Fine Arts of Shelby County, and initially the Columbiana Fine Arts Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes the arts in Shelby County. Terri Sullivan is president the council's 11-member Board of Directors.
The group, which was first incorporated on September 15, 2004, sponsors art-related programs and events. In 2007 the council supported Kindermusik classes in Pelham and a visit from the mobile "Artrain" exhibit at Calera's Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Other events that year included Missoula Children's Theater camps in Calera, Chelsea and Columbiana and a photography exhibit of works by Rachel Fowler.
The council is currently planning for a 12,000 square foot building which will house studios, classrooms, offices, galleries and performance space. In 2008 the City of Columbiana has helped the group obtain a portion of the former site of a Summer Classics furniture plant which burned to the ground on May 22, 2004. Planners envisioned a 26,000 square-foot performing arts center on the site. Architectural plans, commissioned from HKW Architects with grants from the Alabama State Arts Council and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, include a 450-seat reconfigurable "black box" theater, galleries, two classrooms, practice rooms, a catering kitchen, a dance studio, offices and storage areas. Fund raising for the $5 million+ project and for operating expenses is under way.
- Gray, Jeremy (May 30, 2007) "Shelby Arts Council born as group changes its name." Birmingham News
- Hurst, Samantha (March 8, 2010) "Dreaming big for arts future." Shelby County Reporter
- Shelby County Arts Council website