PCA is Closing Down – August 2017
August 17, 2017
William R. Taylor
August 2017 Announcement – Piedmont Council for the Arts is Closing
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – For 38 years, Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA) has proudly advanced the thriving presence of the arts in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Central Virginia through fostering collaboration, advocating for arts education and engagement, and celebrating Central Virginia’s richly diverse community of artists and arts organizations. In that time, PCA has served as a nexus for the arts community by establishing an arts calendar and a general arts listserv at a time when there were few ways to easily locate a schedule of fine and performing arts in the area. In time, PCA also served as an educational and professional hub, offering workshops, classes, and community discussions among different arts organizations. Perhaps most impressively, under the leadership of Maggie Guggenheimer, PCA participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study which included 112 arts organizations and thousands of audience members in both the City of Charlottesville and in Albemarle County and presented data to the City of Charlottesville. This study not only concluded that the arts are a key player in the economic prosperity of the greater Charlottesville area, it also led to the creation of a comprehensive Cultural Plan for the city and county.
So, it is with a mix of sadness and hope that PCA’s board of directors has voted unanimously to close down the organization, effective immediately. After months of discussions with key stakeholders, local arts groups, community leaders, and potential funding sources, PCA has decided that the best way it can serve the community is by closing its doors and giving its resources over to the arts community at large. Doing so ensures that PCA is not diverting funding from the very arts organizations it hopes to support, and provides another iteration of PCA’s core mission of collaboration by clearing the path for the larger goals of the community.
To assist with an orderly dissolution, PCA has retained Williams Mullen for legal counsel, Hantzmon Wiebel for financial accounting support, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence for advising on the wind down.
The following programs will be shuttered or transferred to another host organization as soon as possible:
- ArtInPlace – Charlottesville’s public sculpture program with permanent and rotating work. PCA has approximately one year remaining on the ArtInPlace contract, and will coordinate with the City to find a home for this important project.
- Rising Stars – the only local arts awards ceremony honoring artistically talented high school juniors and seniors across multiple schools and nonprofits.
- Fiscal Sponsorship – providing a financial sponsor to artists and arts organizations who do not have the appropriate tax status to receive grant money or donations.
PCA would like to thank all those who given their time, talent, resources, partnership, and sponsorship in support of PCA’s mission over the last 38 years. Those sponsors include, but are not limited to, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia National Bank, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, The Damman Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and all of the individual donors whose support directly benefitted the arts and artists in our area. PCA would also like to thank all the volunteers who have helped with PCA programming, all those who attended PCA events, and all those who utilized PCA’s resources to better support and engage with our local arts community.
In an effort to assist and improve our arts community, PCA is proud to announce that the board will donate any and all proceeds after the wind down to the organization responsible for housing a new “Arts Director” position being discussed by the arts community and community leaders. If such a position is not created, PCA’s Board of Directors will donate all funds to a revenue stream expressly dedicated to supporting arts initiatives in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region.