Mission and History

Piedmont Council for the Arts is a catalyst for collaboration among artists, arts organizations, and audiences in alliance with business and government entities to stimulate creative expression, promote cultural tourism, and advance the effective management of Central Virginia’s diverse cultural heritage.

Our goals are:

  • To promote and assist artists and arts organizations at all stages of development
  • To inform residents and visitors about area cultural events and opportunities
  • To stimulate collaboration and resource-sharing across the cultural sector
  • To expand arts learning opportunities for a diverse array of community members
  • To demonstrate that the arts enhance quality of life and economic prosperity
  • To support community-wide access to and participation in the arts
  • To be an advocate for the arts at local, state, and national levels

Why PCA is Unique:

  • We are the only organization that offers free and unbiased promotional services to all artists and arts organizations.
  • Our website provides the most comprehensive arts-related information in our area, and our biweekly e-newsletter receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from recipients.
  • We work to showcase our community as an arts destination, which strengthens the local economy, attracts young professionals, and strengthens the case for arts support.
  • Our programs bring people together to discuss the arts in our community, encouraging collaboration and shared resources within the cultural sector.
  • We work with community leaders and area partners to identify solutions to common challenges and create new opportunities for artistic excellence in our area.
  • By working to support our entire cultural sector, PCA plays a unique and important role in the Charlottesville area.

PCA is the designated arts agency of Charlottesville and Albemarle, with outreach to Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson, Louisa, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Established in 1979, PCA now reaches over 150,000 people annually through programs and services, community partnerships, and collaborative projects.

PCA offers programs and services for artists and arts organizations, educators, and young people. We serve the community at large by coordinating arts-related initiatives with area partners.

To learn about PCA’s accomplishments in the most recently completed fiscal year, download the 2013-2014 Annual Report. The 2011-2012 Annual Report, 2010-2011 Annual Report, and the 2009-2010 Annual Report are also available.

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