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The Acuff Circle of Excellence

Your Legacy...

You can become part of the Clarksville community arts legacy by joining the Acuff Circle of Excellence, the patron society of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The Circle is dedicated to advancing the role of arts and culture at Austin Peay State University and in our community.

The Acuff Circle of Excellence:

  • Spotlights music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing through annual events such as our signature Soiree on Franklin and Jazz in June;
  • Honors individuals, businesses, and community organizations that have made significant contributions to Clarksville's artistic and cultural life with our Ovation Awards ceremony in March each year;
  • Promotes the arts with other non-profit groups by hosting collaborative events such as our spring 2013 unveiling of the "Unfolding Visions: The Crouch Collection of Outsider Art" exhibition;
  • Advances the visibility of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts which provides over 100 events each year;
  • Advocates the value of the Acuff Chair of Excellence which provides a one-of-a-kind educational experience for APSU students and those in surrounding communities.

The Circle is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the APSU Foundation. Membership is open, upon payment of dues, to any person, business, or organization that shares in the purpose of the Circle. To download a Circle membership form, click here Acuff Circle of Excellence Membership Form.

2016-2017 Acuff Circle of Excellence
Board of Directors

  • Katy Olita, President
  • Michelle Dickerson, President-elect
  • Jim Mann, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Dee Boaz
  • Jacqueline Crouch
  • Vic Daniel
  • Pastor Gary Ellis
  • Solie Fott
  • Charlsie Halliburton
  • Gary Hamm
  • Andrea Herrera
  • Anthony Johnson
  • Lisa Martin
  • Joyce Norris
  • Beverly Parker
  • Ken Shipley 
  • Nancy Sneed
  • Dixie Webb (ex officio)
  • Marydith Young