It is the mission of the Carmel Arts Council to encourage and promote the arts for all ages through leadership, financial, and volunteer support in order to nourish a vibrant culture in the Carmel Community.
The Council meets once a month to discuss, organize, and execute several events throughout the year as well as support a number of arts-related activities in Carmel. The Board of Directors consists of artists, business owners, business executives, retired art teachers, corporate partners, associate members, guild members, and lifetime members.
The World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery: Artwork by kindergarten through 5th grade students is exhibited, along with middle and high school art. Summer months are filled with special events and exhibits. You can find out more information about the gallery here or visit our Calendar of Events to find out which school will have its work on display.
Young Performers Scholarship: The CAC has awarded more than $59,000 in scholarships since 1998 to graduating high school students from Carmel’s area public and private high schools, provided the respective parents pay Carmel property taxes. Students compete in visual arts, literary arts, piano and instrumental arts.
Carmel High School Spring Art Show: The CAC conducts judging of the students’ artwork and gives monetary awards for the various categories.
Holiday on the Square: The CAC in conjunction with the City of Carmel assists with this annual event on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Gazebo. Council members volunteer to assist Santa, and distribute more than 400 goody bags to children.
Pumpkinfest: The CAC, along with the Mayor’s Youth Council, celebrates Autumn with an afternoon of pumpkin painting, crafts, food vendors, hayrides, music, and more. Join us on Oct. 24 at the City Gazebo area for family fun!