RIDGEWAY — The Internal Revenue Service recently recognized the Fairfield County Arts Council as a public charity and reinstated its 501(c)(3) status on July 21.
With the status, the FCAC is exempt from Federal Income Tax. Contributions to the FCAC will be tax deductible.
“It certainly gives us credibility and it may give us access to grants that we can apply for that maybe we couldn’t without that status,” FCAC president Virginia Lacy said.
The FCAC holds monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Century House, 170 South Dogwood Ave. in Ridgeway.
The council is governed by seven members and recently elected a new vice president, Phyllis Gutierrez, in May.
Aug. 23 is the next workshop, which will be held at the Century House in Ridgeway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will be led by Kitty Rabb with the topic “Paint Your Own Window.”
Next month the arts council will hold a photography workshop, which Lacy said has been highly requested by council members.
The workshops are led by FCAC artists and also collaborate with the Fairfield County School District.
Currently the council has a consignment booth at the Cotton Yard Market in Ridgeway, but Lacy noted council is looking for additional consignment booth sites in Fairfield County.
Artists displaying artwork at a consignment booth must be a member of the FCAC.
For more information about the Fairfield County Arts Council or membership inquiries, call president Virginia Lacy at 803-337-3269 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.