Important Dates:

May 2 – The Big Payback!

May 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Art Exhibition by Centennial High School, Transition II Students

May 11, 11 am – 12:30 pm Brown Bag Lunch Bunch: Show and Tell Your Art

More info below —


Able Voices: Sharing Who We Are Through Photographs

Project Exhibit by Centennial High School, Transition II Students

Exhibit Reception: 

Thursday, May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Arc of Williamson County
Williamson County Community Services Building
129 W. Fowlkes Ave., Franklin

Jen Vogus, received an Artist in Residence grant from the Arts Council of Williamson County and the Brentwood – Franklin Woman’s Service Club, has been leading a photo voice project with Transition II special education students at Centennial High School this semester.

These students will exhibit work that represents who they are as individuals at a show at The Arc Williamson County in the Williamson County Community Services building from May-July 2018.

Please join us for the opening reception on May 10 from 6:30-8:00pm. Food and refreshments will be provided. Come on out to celebrate the students’ photographic work!



Brown Bag Lunch Bunch

“Show & Tell about Your Art” 

Williamson County Public Library , 1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin, Main Conference Room

Friday, May 11
11:00 Meet & Greet    
11:30 Short business mtg
Noon – 1:00  Program
Members and guests are asked to bring 1 or 2 pieces of their art work to show to the group, and give a short description of it (media, inspiration, how you created it etc.) This will be an opportunity to meet other members, see examples of their art and share our insights.
We need YOU to make this program a success!

This presentation is open to the public – no membership required. Feel free to bring your lunch.

The Big Payback is back for 2018!

May 2nd 

Join us for 24 hours of giving to benefit our local nonprofits and  make a difference. The Big Payback brings Middle Tennessee together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits in a 24-hour period. We hope you’ll join us on May 2, 2018 to support your Arts Council of Williamson County.

You can donate here!

The Big Payback is presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. They do this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter.

Help us continue programs like Artist in Residence


March – April

Featured Artist: Charlotte Hellerqvist
Williamson County Public Library
1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin

Main Room (new books section)

Charlotte Hellerqvist, a native of Sweden, comes from a long line of artists on her mother’s side, but she didn’t start painting until the year 2000. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Education from Sweden. She later studied Scandinavian Architecture before moving to Brentwood in 1976. After raising her two daughters there she co-founded an R&D bio-pharmaceutical company focusing on new cancer drug development. Charlotte served as the President of the company until retiring in 1999.
Reflecting her Swedish roots, Charlotte’s art often depicts nature in winter  scenes, crisp white birch trees and seascapes. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to travel to several different countries and likes to paint scenes from places she has visited.
Charlotte has studied art under Melanie Jackson, Renee LaRose, and Charles Brindley, as well as at the Gulf Coast Museum of art in partnership with St. Petersburg College.

Charlotte has exhibited her art at Vanderbilt, the Martin Center’s annual art show, the Factory in Franklin, the Brentwood Library, the Spring Hill Library, the Williamson County Library and the Brentwood Towne Centre Theater. At two judged art shows she entered she received a first and a third place. Her art is represented in private collections in Sweden, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In 2011, Charlotte entered her painting “Cultivating Friendships” in a national  contest for amateur artists. Her painting was chosen from thousands of submissions as one of thirteen paintings for inclusion in the 2012 AARP Foundation Calendar.

About her art, Charlotte says, “I really like to paint scenes from my home country, especially the winter scenes, and from places I have visited. These paintings come from within, from my heart and mean a lot to me”.

Charlotte Hellerqvist



Membership News

Welcome to new/returning members — we can’t do it without you!
Charles Akin, Charlotte Hellerqvist
Questions about your membership? Contact

Membership Update 2018

The Arts Council of Williamson County greatly appreciates each and every member of our organization. Your membership supports artists and arts education through our programming such as the Artist in Residence Program, Micro Grants, Artists’ Studio Tour, Brown Bag Lunch Bunch, Grid Row, and Critter Invasion. We are reworking our membership to reflect our evolving needs and demands on volunteers.
Starting March 2018, we are moving to annual membership rather than a rolling membership in which all membership renewals are due in March. If you joined in October to February 2018, then your membership will be renewed in March 2019. With your support, we are able to fulfill our mission and to help make Williamson a more dynamic and creative community. As an all-volunteer organization, we are in need of more hands-on volunteers and board members to continue our programming. If you are interested in becoming MORE involved, please let us know.
If you have any questions about this change in membership or would like make a greater impact on the arts in Williamson County through volunteerism, please email

A special thank you to our Artist In Residence Sponsor

Brentwood-Franklin Woman’s Service Organization

This organization has supported the Arts Council and our Artist in Residence program for the past two years. We are grateful their involvement and look forward to collaborating with them in the future. To learn more about the Brentwood-Franklin Woman’s Service Organization visit their website



General Announcements
You Can Make a Difference!

Kroger Rewards Renewal Time!

The Arts Council Appreciates your support over the years.
This may not sound like a lot to you, but to us, it means a LOT. In 2017, you raised $283.00for us just by designating ACWC as your charity of choice when using your Kroger card.Let’s see if we can double it in 2018!
 However, Kroger does not automatically re-enroll everyone.
Each person that had previously signed up for Kroger Rewards, must re-enroll every year.
For your convenience just click here and you will be automatically re-directed to Kroger’s re-enrollment page.
Thank you for shopping Kroger and making the arts stronger in your community.

ACWC Board Positions Available

Become a part of an amazing team!

Have you ever wondered how you could contribute to the arts in our community? Would you like to be a part of the decision making team? The Arts Council has opportunities for you!

Our current Vice President and Secretary have recently taken on new ACWC Board positions (everybody needs a little change every now and then!). This leaves new opportunities for Board of Director positions and new ideas.

Vice President:Duties include participating in Board meetings as a voting member, shadow President, fill-in for President when needed.
Secretary:Duties include participating in Board meetings as a voting member, manages minutes of board meetings, maintains records of the Arts Council’s activities.
Don’t worry…training is provided!
Interested? Contact Nan at





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A portion of your sales (at no cost to you) will support the Arts Council of Williamson County.
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All your settings and history will be there. From then on, always just sign-in


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