About RAAC

Realizing there was little opportunity for citizens in the Richmond community to participate in the many aspects of the arts, a group of interested citizens met at Daniel Boone School in November of 1988 and began planning tor the Richmond Area Arts Council. After being incorporated as a non-profit business in 1989, a Board was selected, officers were elected, organizational structure was established and a membership drive followed. Successful programs and events for both children and adults were quickly planned and implemented for the upcoming arts year. The citizens, businesses and the governmental entities of Richmond and Madison County were immediately supportive of this project.

As the organization grew the Directors realized there was no place for the office and staff to function and for programs and events to occur.  In the fall of 1990, the Board of Directors purchased the Episcopal Church building on Lancaster Ave. at Water St. and named the facility the Richmond Area Arts Center. This beautiful building, built in 1887,  contained an impressive collection of stained glass windows and was a lovely example of Victorian architecture. Plans were made to make the building safe and accessible while preserving its historic qualities.

The first fundraising event for the Arts Center was the Arts Gala held at Elmwood, the home of the late Emma Watts. The Arts Galas from 1990 to 1997 along with funds from individuals, businesses, the City of Richmond and the Madison County Fiscal Court made the purchase and renovation possible.   

Over the years, the Richmond Area Arts Council has presented many concerts, art exhibits, after school and summer programs for children, established two choral groups, provided many social opportunities and has created a unique role for itself in this community. And, at the same time, the Arts Council has maintained the historic Arts Center building. Thousands have visited the Arts Center and have  benefited from the work of the Arts Council. It is a well-known fact that an arts facility in a community makes it attractive for business to flourish and provides a rich cultural environment for all citizens.  

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The Richmond Area Arts Center is located at 399 West Water Street, and can be located using these directions.

From I-75 North
Take exit 90A for US-25 S/US-421 S toward Richmond/Irvine
Merge onto US-25/US-421 S/Lexington Rd
Turn right to continue to follow US-25 BUS S
Turn right onto S 3rd St
Take the 1st right onto W Water St.
The Arts Center will be on the right.

From I-75 South
Take Exit 87
Turn right onto Eastern Bypass
Turn left onto Lancaster Ave and follow it
Turn right onto W. Water St.
The Arts Center will be on the right.