Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) has been providing support and information for artists in Amador County for over thirty years. The mission of the non-profit organization is to promote and encourage the production, cultivation and appreciation of the visual arts, especially in the Amador County community.
With that mission in mind, ACAA is responsible for:
The Annual Student Juried Art Show for Argonaut, Amador and Independence High Schools, which helps to stimulate art awareness, appreciation and rewards excellence. Professional judges review and critique the work presented and both cash prizes and ribbons are
awarded. Following the judging, the Student Art Show is hung at various locations in the community.
The yearly Arts in Education (art projects in the local grammar schools) proposed by Amador County Arts Council Members and staffed by both AmadorArts and ACAA members, work with the teachers, projects are designed to enhance a study area and give the students a hands-on experience in creating a finished piece of art. Supplies are provided by AmadorArts.
Annual Scholarships are awarded to Amador County high school students who plan to pursue an art major in college.
Each year ACAA conducts the Fine Art and Photography Show at the Amador County Fair. Professional artists and photographers judge the hundreds of pieces that are submitted for consideration in the amateur, advanced amateur and professional levels. ACAA is responsible for receiving, set up and display of all the entries as well as demonstrations by local artists and staffing for the event.
ACAA organizes annual field trips to museums and special exhibits. These outings are open to the community at large. Usually including docent tours, these events are very well attended and encourage the appreciation of the different media and artists working today.
ACAA sponsors the annual Amador Artists Studio Tour, which is a self guided free tour of the artists studios in Amador County includes: painters, sculptors, weavers, printmakers, ceramists, photographers and more. This event also has a raffle with donations from the artists and local businesses to benefit our Student Scholarship Fund.
The monthly meetings of ACAA are announced in the local media and the public is encouraged to attend. ACAA provides and finances Artist Demonstrations by well know professional artists working in a variety of media. These demonstrations help to give the community an understanding of each individuals interpretation involved in the finer points in production of a piece of art and let them know what is going on in the local art community.