Arts Gala 2019 begins with the opening of the silent auction, cash bar, and served hors d’oeuvres. Cameo appearances by selected community talent will grace the stage during the first hour as guests peruse the auction items donated by area artists and businesses. Following the short performances is the oral auction of larger items ranging from art work to trips followed by dinner. At 9:00pm, party band, Jason Eskridge & Friends, will take the stage bringing guests to the dance floor until midnight.
Proceeds from The Annual Arts Gala are earmarked to support school and community education in the arts. AACA has been a vital presence in McMinn County since 1979, presenting thousands of performances, exhibitions, artist residencies, art classes and more by international, regional, and local artists of all types and genres. It has created and sustained many arts groups throughout the years, including the Athens Community Theatre, Athens Area Children’s Choir, Unity Gospel Choir, and has contributed technical assistance to many more groups and individuals.