Founded in March 1994 as an all-volunteer and not-for-profit arts center in Oconee County, OCAF develops programs and classes in the performing, visual and literary arts. Annual cultural arts festivals, ongoing art exhibits, and classes.Our vision is to enrich lives and help build a vibrant community through the arts. We maintain a vision to inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth through visual arts exhibitions, art education, cultural events, and community collaborations.
In 1994 OCAF entered into an agreement with the Oconee Country Board of Education to lease a four-room schoolhouse, originally occupied in 1902. The building had been unused for 12 years and was in poor condition. With determination and sweat equity, OCAF volunteers repaired the building and planned for OCAFs first major art exhibit to coincide with the 1996 Olympics. Since then the 1902 OCAF Art Center has become the hub of the Oconee County arts communityfull of ongoing exhibits, concerts, performances, arts classes and special events for people of all ages.In early 2000, OCAF assumed ownership of the 1902 building, along with the nearby kindergarten building (now the School Street Studios) and the old gym (Rocket Hall) from the Board of Education. Both new buildings also needed major repairs and renovations to be used at full capacity. By the fall of 2001, volunteers had transformed 50% of the kindergarten building into what is now known as the School Street Studios, which now houses a ceramic studio, artist studios, and classrooms that are used for OCAF classes and workshops as well as by the art program at UNG.
Our mission is topromote cultural arts and artists and provides art education to the citizens of Oconee County and the northeast Georgia area.Thank you in advance for your generous support. Every bid counts!
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