Firing Up The Arts – One Festivity at a Time

Douglasville, GA -The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County celebrated its Annual Gala & Auction on November 18th. The CAC was firing up the arts with the night’s theme of “Fire & Ice”. Held at the Douglasville Conference Center, the Gala was a resounding success! Guests enjoyed fine dining served by Proof of the Pudding, a stylish bar with signature cocktails, energized performances, participated in the silent auction, awards, and more.

 

During the night, funds were raised for the CAC’s ongoing art classes, and programs that enrich the cultural and artistic community in Douglasville and Douglas County. Guests looked in awe at the glorious ice sculpture and loved trying out the hot and cold-themed dishes. The night’s entertainment also brought the heat to the Gala with energetic music by Dana “DJ Dice” Daniels, while Landen Prather captured the night’s memories in an amazing live mural. In keeping with the “Fire & Ice” theme the Off Centered Project, a collective of talented artists brought a stunning fire dance, followed by Blake Liberman and Alex Borden, both top trained dancers from the “Hause of Nicole” who presented a contemporary dance routine in the theme of Fire & Ice.

 

Thank you to the Fire & Ice Gala Presenting Sponsor GreyStone Power Corporation along with Virtual Auction sponsor Hughes Ray Company Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects, and Platinum sponsors: Elevate Douglas, and Preserve Life. We would like to also thank Photography Sponsor: Kirsten Lee Photography, and Gold Sponsors Delta Community Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Connally Jordan & Associates, Georgia Power, Douglas County School System, Nancy Demirtas AAMS/Edward Jones, The Brookman Group, Vista Growth. With entertainment presenting sponsors including Premier Association Management and Eastchester Family Services. The Entertainment Gold level sponsors of the night were Premier Association Management, Southern States Insurance, Red Ink Consulting, Reeves Insurance, and Servis First Bank. Additional sponsors include Endeavor 3D, Baza-Fainn Productions, and ProtoType Creative Designs.

 

The festivities included the announcement of the winners of the annual Arts Advocacy Awards. The four categories celebrate those individuals or organizations who are making a positive impact in the community through arts and culture. The Excellence in Arts Education was awarded to Cyndi Burnett of the Never Alone Clubhouse for their work in using art in their recovery and healing programs. The Never Alone Clubhouse is dedicated to providing a safe place where members can recover in a positive environment. The Culture Connects award went to Veronica Toscano De Leger, government liaison for the State of Guanajuato, Mexico for her collaborations with the Cultural Arts Council in bridging the Cultural gap between the Hispanic community and the CAC’s mission. The CAC and Veronica have brought international performances to schools and also hosted an art class where students could learn about the history of Catrina Dolls. The Arts in Community award was given to Elena Hudson’s HUD Truck. This woman-owned business is a staple in the Douglasville community and strives to always bring creative menu options and joy to every event they are at. Finally, the CAC Spirit award went to Cristhtian Perez-Molina for his unwavering dedication to the CAC. Cristhtian has been an active member of the CAC board of directors and has contributed his time, talents, and resources to furthering the CAC’s mission.

 

Every year the CAC celebrates the arts and thanks its supporters at the Gala & Auction. As Thanksgiving comes, the CAC has so much to be thankful for. “The CAC is ready if not eager for another year of arts and culture and most importantly, creative fun! To all of the sponsors, donors, staff, elected officials, volunteers, and everyone in between… Thank you for helping us make Douglasville and Douglas County a more creative place to live, work, and play!” stated Emily Lightner, Executive Director, Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County.

 

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm For directions, more information, or to make your reservations, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.