Adams County Arts Council



The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. 

About ACAC

ACAC serves its mission and the arts by actively supporting artists, arts educators, and arts presenters and by educating future artists and audiences. This vital work is accomplished through a wealth of arts education programs, classes, performing arts presentations, and visual arts exhibits.   

ACAC is committed to providing high quality arts education classes and programs and is dedicated to using the arts as a teaching tool to address important community needs such as economic development and personal wellness. Our role in the community is an integral part of the positive social, cultural, and economic evolution of Adams County. ACAC programs include:  

Arts Education Classes:  Since opening in 2011, ACAC’s Arts Education Center (AEC) has delivered an extensive number and wide variety of learning opportunities in visual, performing, studio, photographic, writing, and culinary arts to residents of all ages. Onsite and off-site, ACAC offers year-round classes, programs, and events for all ages including summer camps for children, after-school arts programs for youth, classes for adults, and a Creative Aging program for senior citizens.  

STAR Grant – Supporting The Arts Regionally:  ACAC administers the STAR Grant program to annually reallocate funding from the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust (RCHCET), the Adams County Commissioners, and the Borough of Gettysburg to local artists, schools, and nonprofit organizations for arts-based projects. 

Outreach:  With its dynamic web of community partnerships, ACAC serves constituents throughout the far reaches of Adams County. More than 30 education, arts, media, government, health, and social service organizations work closely with ACAC to bring the arts to county residents of all ages and backgrounds, improving the overall quality of life for our community.  

Exhibits: The Arts Education Center in downtown Gettysburg houses three galleries that exhibit new shows featuring local artists each month. Exhibits open with a First Friday reception that is free and open to the public. 

Art Oasis: The Art Oasis is an outdoor parklet on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, where live arts demonstrations and performances are scheduled from May through October. This venue is free to the community, supports local businesses, and provides much needed visibility for local artists. ACAC manages the Art Oasis in partnership with local government, Main Street Gettysburg, Destination Gettysburg, local businesses, and residents.   

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About Author

Jessica Dean

Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.

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