Our Mission

The mission of Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA) is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages.

Our Vision

The Aiken Center for the Arts should be a community hub of creative expression and appreciation of the visual and performing arts that inspires, educates and connects artists, students, residents and visitors through exhibitions, performances, arts education and a retail environment. We aspire to be the anchor for the downtown community by providing dynamic and engaging entertainment and cultural experiences six days per week, including evenings, which will encourage, promote and support downtown Aiken and its shops and restaurants. We hope to encourage, promote and support collaboration and partnerships with Aiken Arts and Human Services organizations for the betterment of the community, the mutual growth of our respective organizations and accessibility to the arts for all.

Art is for Everyone

Founded in 1972 by artists Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds, Rose Hill Arts Center became a place for aspiring artists to create, teach and learn. Located at Rose Hill Estate on Barnwell Avenue, it soon became a haven for a variety of artistic disciplines. In 1993, 122 Laurens Street became available. Rose Hill Arts Center moved and turned into Aiken Center for the Arts. The name was chosen to reflect our central downtown location.

Today, the Aiken Center for the Arts offers a multitude of outreach and awareness programs, including opportunities for children and adults, juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction. Year-round exhibits feature artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local and regional talent of the South. In the Gallery Store, local artisans sell their original works.