ACAC’s Goodbye

After 10 years of service, Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative (ACAC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources to artists and the community will be dissolving in August.

ACAC Executive Director, Chad McGriff, sent out a press release on July 14 stating the organization “had reached a crisis in existence, and can no longer provide resources to the community and remain a viable link to the artists of Central Arkansas.”

Founded in 2001, ACAC worked to help artists and entertainers needing a boost in Central Arkansas and around the state. Providing a venue and equipment to jump start an active artistic community was the key to ACAC. Moving to Downtown in July of 2010, created a hole in the organization that couldn’t be filled due to lack of support from the community, dwindling membership, and lack of interest in the Downtown Little Rock scene.

During its June 2011 meeting, Board members voted to dissolve the organization by a majority vote. The organization is in financial trouble, it has been unable to attract new members, recruiting new board members is at a stand-still, and sponsorship is non-exisistant.

“The board is set up to have up to 13 board members. We currently have 6 active Board members, and several of them are considering terminating their board membership at the end of this year,” said McGriff. “Many of the board members have served tirelessly, and we’re getting to the point where we don’t have the energy and the activity to continue the leadership roles that are required to keep the organization going and doing what it should be doing. Membership has dissipated since moving to Downtown and a non-profit such as ACAC working as a cooperative and not a full-time business just cannot succeed in Downtown Little Rock, especially without community or City support.”

Membership dues and rental fees from those that chose to use the cooperative just have not been enough to sustain the ACAC. Rent, utilities, and daily expenses have overwhelmed ACAC, the Board, and members from being able to provide the community with what ACAC was established for and its mission. McGriff was relieved of full time duties in June, due to the group being unable to pay a salaried staff member, and was asked to stay on part time, mostly voluntarily to secure a stable dissolve of the organization. The Board is in Executive Session and is only participating in the steps to dissolve the organization and meet the requirements of the State of Arkansas.

Despite the actions being taken, ACAC hopes that it has helped the community the last 10 years in providing a venue and resources for those artists and entertainers that have come into contact with the group. So many people have been involved with ACAC throughout the years, and it is this legacy that ACAC hopes it will be remembered for in the future. ACAC tried to break the barriers by moving Downtown and trying to help revitalize the area with artistic expression, but without support, no organization can do it alone. The Board members of ACAC wish to thank the many who have helped along the way and a better brighter future for those artists and entertainers that have been a part of ACAC for so many years.

5 Responses to “ACAC’s Goodbye”

  1. 1 anon July 26, 2011 at 4.28 pm

    i heard its one single dickbag’s fault…

  2. 3 Cornelia DeLee October 30, 2011 at 1.50 pm

    Art isn’t a luxury to be given up in hard economic times, it is the very energy & soul that gets us through those times.

  3. 4 Jay Jansen November 25, 2011 at 1.13 am

    KABF 88.3 FM is another valuable community resource that is going to be lost very soon if people from the community don’t step up. It would be great if volunteers from what was formerly ACAC could become partners with KABF and re-kindle the catalytic flame of enthusiasm for artistic expressions. The KABF board meets every third Tuesday at 6pm at 2101 South Main Street, downstairs. Everyone is welcome. KABF needs your involvement in order to survive.

  4. 5 a sister in art November 28, 2012 at 6.05 pm

    The ACAC meant a lot to me, and looking back, I REALLY regret not busting my ass to keep it up– I just remeber losing a feeling of continuity and then in teh end repulsion. I am close with those who did bust their ass, from the beginning, and it breaks my heart to see where it ended up. I am older now, finally 21, and realizing the potential and urgency of each individuals community input. I still think about you, ACAC, and all of you involved are in my heart. It is now in the forefront of my mind to choose my battle, and encourage everyone else to choose their own, and fight to the death.

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