Athens Cultural Affairs Commission

Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Seeks New Members

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is seeking qualified candidates to fill 3-year volunteer positions. Applicants must be Athens-Clarke County residents and registered voters. It is also necessary that applicants have expertise in or have demonstrated interest in the arts.

The mission of the ACAC is to:
  • foster the development and enjoyment of performing, visual, cultural, and other arts in the Athens-Clarke County community; 
  • make recommendations to the Mayor and Commission on development and promotion of practices and policies pertaining to the arts; and
  • work cooperatively with Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCUG) entities and other advisory commissions to include an arts element in as many areas of ACCUG planning and development as possible. 
The ACAC meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., and additional committee work is conducted between these meetings. 

The deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. The ACAC will offer invitations to selected applicants for brief interviews during the week of March 13-17, 2017. After making a final selection, a recommendation for the appointment will be sent from the ACAC to the Mayor and Commission. The volunteer term will begin in April.

For more information, contact Jan Hebbard with the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission at


Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Description

  • MEMBERS: 11
    • WHEN: Second Monday of each month
    • WHERE: Athens Chamber of Commerce, 246 W. Hancock Ave, Athens GA 30601
    • TIME: 6:00 pm
    • AVERAGE LENGTH: 2 hours
    • MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIEShe ACAC has been established to advise the Athens Clarke County Unified Government on cultural affairs and aesthetic development of the built environment in accordance with provisions of planning, programming, procurement, installation, operation, and maintenance of public art projects and artworks.
    Athens Cultural Affairs Commission
    P.O. Box 687
    Athens, GA 30603-0687
Visiting Artist Wing Young Huie Returns to Athens for Multi-Venue Exhibit, Lecture

Athens, GA – The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) has organized a city-wide exhibit of a photographic project by visiting artist Wing Young Huie at thirteen venues and pop-up locations around Athens beginning Jan. 24. Collectively titled “We Are the Other: A Photographic Portrait of Athens, Georgia,” the more than 100 images displayed will showcase the people Huie documented during his brief residency in April 2016. 

A photographic artist who has conducted over a thousand lectures, keynotes and workshops for audiences of all kinds, Huie focuses on how mass-culture images shape our points of view. He was one of three guest artists invited to Athens at the suggestion of consultant Todd Bressi, who has lead development of a public art master plan over the course of the last year. Now near completion, the final draft of the plan was presented to the Athens-Clarke County mayor and commission during a work session on Jan. 10 and is scheduled for a vote to approve the plan at their regular session meeting on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

During his visit last spring, Huie hosted “Chalk Talks” for community organizations, businesses, classes and in local establishments around town. “Wing’s approach gets behind the assumptions we make about each other based on what we look like,” said Laura Hoffman, an ACAC commissioner who helped to coordinate the upcoming exhibit. In his talks the artist prompted participants with questions such as, “How do you think people see you?” and “What don’t they see?” These prompts encouraged intimate discussion about identity and cultural assumptions. After discussions prompted by these and other questions, participants helped each other to voice personal insights written on chalkboards and took portraits of one another. The resulting photographs “show people as individuals as well as our shared humanity,” said Hoffman.

Each venue in in the city-wide exhibit will feature different and distinctive displays, and will host a selection of photographs from Jan. 24 through March 2. The complete list of venues, many of which served as “Chalk Talk” locations, includes: Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Community Council on Aging, Cedar Shoals High School, Cine, Clarke Central High School, Georgia Square Mall, Lyndon House Arts Center, The Sparrow’s Nest, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Strickland’s Restaurant, Tlaloc Restaurant, and the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts.

Huie will return to Athens to deliver a lecture on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at Cine. Titled “How Photographs Form Us – What Do You See?” the talk and reception that will follow are free and open to the public.

For more information about Wing Young Huie, visit

January 11, 2017
Contact: Jan Hebbard,, 706-542-5788. High resolution photos are available.

For more information about the work and initiatives of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, visit

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