In February 1986, the Garland City Council created the nine member Garland Cultural Arts Commission to serve as a liaison between the City and all community-based arts and historic organizations. The Commission's primary goal is the increased visibility of the arts in Garland. The GCAC also negotiates agreements for the management of the Landmark Museum and Train car, located in the Garland Historic Area. The Commission studies and reviews the policies and procedures of the Granville Arts Center facilities. In 1987, the Commission created the private, non-profit organization known as the GCAC, Inc. to pursue various sources of revenue in order to fund meritorious arts and historic groups through a sub-grant program. This was an outstanding accomplishment since these funds have helped Garland arts organizations survive the economic downturn. In recognition of this excellent program, the GCAC, Inc. won the State TRAPS Award for Arts and Humanities in 1989.
The GCAC, Inc. administers the sub-grant program through 15% of the hotel/motel tax funds along with additional corporate and private donations. Approximately $1.5 million has been placed into local arts organizations since the inception of the program in 1987. This means, by state formulas on dollars spent on the arts, that a minimum of $4,000,000 has been put back into the community from that contribution alone.
The GCAC, Inc. has supported local arts groups through advertising and promotional campaigns. The "Arts In Action" newsletter, which was originally begun in 1982 by the PAC Guild, was published by the GCAC, Inc. from 1989 until 2008. "Arts In Action" is currently published by the Granville Arts Center and the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc., and is distributed to approximately 10,000 patrons. The GCAC, Inc. also places ads promoting Garland arts events in numerous Metroplex publications. All projects of the GCAC, Inc. promote current events produced year-round by the affiliate arts organizations. Through these major programs, the GCAC, Inc. continues to fulfill their goal of "increasing the visibility of the Arts in Garland."
The GCAC, Inc. also sponsors a visual arts juried competition with Garland ISD Seniors each year. Cash prizes are presented by the Commission during a reception hosted by the GCAC, Inc.
The GCAC, Inc. has presented an annual Business For The Arts Award at the Chamber Banquet each year since 1990. Numerous Garland Businesses have been recognized for their outstanding support of arts groups in Garland.
The GCAC, Inc. meets on Tuesday following the third Monday of the first month of each quarter at 4 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center.
The Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc. may be contacted through the Granville Arts Center office at 972-205-2790 or via email at Arts@GarlandTX.gov.