HISTORY OF THE FLINT RIVER ARTS COUNCIL
The mission of the Flint River Arts Council (FRAC) is to inspire
and enrich the lives of all citizens of Mitchell and Baker Counties
through education, performance, and appreciation of the arts. The
vision is of an “art literate” community, pooling the
resources of the coverage area and providing accessible, cost-effective
arts opportunities for all ages. By becoming partners in community
events already in place, we can extend our ability to reach local
families. Because funding for the arts in schools has been significantly
reduced, the Arts Council has a particular commitment to bringing
a wide variety of visual and performing arts to the schoolchildren
of these communities.
The FRAC, a membership organization open to the public, was initially formed
by a committed group of community volunteers in the summer of 2000, but shortly
thereafter lost its president, who relocated. With new leadership and renewed
energy, the Board of Directors began work in earnest in early 2002.
- With guidance from the Georgia Council on the Arts,
leadership was recruited from all aspects of the FRAC community.
While Board workgroups developed policies needed to lay a sound
footing for the organization, volunteers implemented a generous
calendar of activities.