The mission of the Austin Creative Alliance is to advance, connect and advocate
for Austin’s arts, cultural, and creative communities in order to strengthen and protect
the character, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our region.
The Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) was established via the transformation
of an existing arts service organization, Austin Circle of Theaters (ACOT), which
had been operating since 1974. ACA is poised for growth and innovation, inspired
by the community-led CreateAustin Plan which forged a pathway for invigorating
Austin’s “culture of creativity” and recommended establishing ACA as a top
priority. ACA has already expanded its core services to better assist individuals and
organizations in the creative sector, revamped its board, revised its internal policies
and procedures, and hired a dynamic interim Executive Director to lead our next
phase of development.
Brief Description of ACA Services
ACA strengthens the region’s creative sector through: Advocacy and Cultural Policy;
Marketing and Communication; and Membership Services. For more on our Services click here
- ACA presently provides direct services to 51 emerging arts groups and 420
member organizations and individuals—across several disciplines.
- ACA’s NowPlayingAustin site and On the Town on Time Warner Cable News bring events
and activities of 783 organizations to 250,000 households weekly.
- ACA’s sponsorship of Austin’s New Works Theatre Community garnered
a $90,000 Mellon Foundation planning grant. (RudeMechs, FuseBox,
TheatreActionProject are grads of ACA’s sponsorship program.)
- ACA partners with Fractured Atlas to bring affordable health, liability,
teaching artist insurance to region’s cultural workers.
- ACA is currently working with Pew Charitable Trusts to help bring
their Cultural Data Project to Texas to serve artists, funders, and arts
Austin Creative Alliance is funded and supported in part by a grant from the
Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts
Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
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