Avant Garde Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization recognized by the IRS in 2008. The mission is to provide arts opportunities in diverse and marginally served neighborhoods. Not bound by a geographical location, Avant Garde Center for the Arts delivers arts services wherever there is a need. Partnerships with existing arts & other agencies provide the basis for all programs. A few of these are:
Summer Camps in partnership with Great Falls Home Town Assn. & Mt. Dearborn Methodist Church.
After School Arts at Lewisville & Great Falls Elementary with Chester County Communities in Schools.
Hot Summer Nights Concert Series with Great Falls Home Town Association.
Youth Work Study Program with Lancaster County Communities in Schools.
Cultural & Heritage Festival with Great Falls Home Town Association & Duke Energy.
Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County with Clemson Extension, Olde English District Tourism Commission, Lancaster County Agribusiness Center, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, & See Lancaster.
Snapped For Sandy Hurricane Relief Benefit with KW Lilly Photography & Bob Doster's Backstreet.
Americans Feeding Americans with Hope of Lancater, SC.
Framing Hope with Home Depot & Bed,Bath, & Beyond.
Gingerbread Workshop with Cakes & More by Pierre & Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio.
Mask Making Workshop with Heather Speer Photography & Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio.
Glass Mosaic Workshops with Montage Designworks & Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio.
Arts Events at The Cultural Arts Center with Society for Historic Preservation & Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
Neighborhood Outreach Public Art Projects with volunteer artists and individual donors.
Sizzlin' Summer Saturday Arts Markets with local churches.
Great Gospel Explosion with local churches.
Arts Workshops with artists of every art form.
Popeye Jones Scholarship Program with family of Popeye Jones.
Christmas Drive for Homeless Pets and Children in need with PetSmart Charities
The Art of Style - Back to School Needs for Youth
Soles for Souls - New Nike Shoes for teens
Artisans of the Olde English District & Downtown Holiday Market with OED Visitor Center & Artist Market
Funders, Sponsors, & Grantors include: Duke Energy Fdtn., Springs-Close Fdtn., First Citizens Bank, Home Depot, Chester County SC, Katawba Valley Land Trust, Cornell University, Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio, Harper Corporation of Charlotte NC, Communities in Schools of Chester & Lancaster Counties, City of Lancaster, Walmart Foundation, Regis Salons, PetSmart Charities, Nike, and many individual donors who have gifted the center time, talents, skills, donated supplies.