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The Staunton Augusta Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to supporting artists and delivering arts education and experiences to all members of the community. 

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The management of the Staunton Augusta Center is vested in a volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of a minimum of ten members serving three-year terms. The Board is nominated and elected by the existing Board. The Board meets monthly.

2023 Board of Trustees

Angus Carter

Candace Christy
Brigitte Cowan

Candise Enoch
Martin Geiger
Sage Hastert
Deona Houff

Amy Laser Kiger

Amber Ocasio

Hannah Scott
Barb Shue

Anthea Smith
Chris Smith

Mary Jayne Swanson

Cole Elijah Troxell

Julia Vessey


Valerie Larkin Smith

Executive Director | 540-885-2028

Talula Merriwether Mays

Administrative Assistant | 540-885-2028

Kids tent, C.Westfall, sponsor, voluntee

The SAAC Annual Meeting will be held in the RR Smith Center Lecture Hall Wednesday, January 18, 5:30 pm

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Diverse, equal, and inclusive hiring and operational practices are at the heart of the Staunton Augusta Art Center community. These are central to the organization’s mission to provide art experiences and education to those from all backgrounds, including all races, ethnicities, genders, identities, and abilities. Through the visual arts, the organization strives to provide welcoming and educational experiences to all members of the community.



The R.R. Smith Center for History & Art is home to the Staunton Augusta Art Center and includes galleries, classrooms, archives, conference space, a garden, and offices for non-profit cultural organizations. Located in Staunton’s Beverley Historic District, the building is an 1894 hotel designed in the French Second Empire style by Staunton architect, T.J. Collins.

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