Mission and History

Our Mission

The Community Arts Center connects people to art, culture, and creativity through exhibits, education, and a commitment to community outreach.

Arts Center History

Historic image of CAC buildingThe Community Arts Center was originally constructed in 1909 as the United States Post Office and later became known as the Federal Building. After the Post Office moved in 1961, the building held military recruitment offices and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Pierce Lively’s law offices. By the mid 1990s, the building was underutilized and showing signs of decline due to disuse.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of this community treasure, we offer a free self-guided audio tour! The 25-minute tour combines narration about the building’s history and architecture with first-person stories from long-time Danville residents. Find out more.

HistoryIn 2004, through the generous support of our community, the building was refurbished to its original beauty with the addition of modern amenities. The adaptive reuse of this landmark preserves our historic downtown and enhances our cultural heritage. 

Today, the Arts Center is a bustling creative hub for the entire southern bluegrass region. Our rotating exhibits showcase the talents of local, regional, and national artists while our educational programs inspire children and adults to explore their artistic potential. 

The Community Arts Center is the epicenter of Danville’s Creative District.