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Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) Advisory Board


CECA Advisory BoardClarksville, TN – The Acuff Circle of Excellence has rebranded and refined its mission to better align with the organization with which it supports, APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or “seek-ah”). Beginning this fall, the Acuff Circle of Excellence is known as the CECA Advisory Board.

The Acuff Circle of Excellence has been renamed as the CECA Advisory Board.

The Acuff Circle of Excellence has been renamed as the CECA Advisory Board.

“CECA is so fortunate to have the support of a dynamic volunteer board made up of skilled artists and strong arts allies,” stated Dr. Janice Crews, Director of APSU’S Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. “Changing the name of the board from the Acuff Circle of Excellence to the CECA Advisory Board eliminates any confusion about the role of the board and its mission to support the efforts of CECA. It’s the same great people, just a new name and a heightened focus.”

With the name change, members of the CECA Advisory Board worked to refine the mission of the Board to align with its new focus.

The new mission of the CECA Advisory Board is to support CECA by:

  • Advocating for CECA in the Clarksville-Montgomery County region by raising awareness for quality arts programming.
  • Promoting CECA events and programs.
  • Developing new audience members through participating in CECA-sponsored social interactions.
  • Participating in and endorsing the CECA Membership Society.
  • Supporting and connecting with students and faculty during CECA events.

Since the arrival of Dr. Crews in January 2017, CECA has been undergoing changes that include revamping the website, adding new staff members, assuming the leadership of the Community School of the Arts at APSU, establishing a membership society and community arts alliance, and designing a new CECA logo.

The new logo features four colored rings that represent each of the four arts areas at APSU.

“As our new name suggests, this Board has refined its commitment to advising and supporting Dr. Crews and her work to elevate the creative arts at APSU and across the community,” stated Michelle Dickerson, CECA Advisory Board President. “Dr. Crews is doing an exceptional job leading CECA and we endeavor to enhance the work already happening.”

The next big event for the CECA Advisory Board is the Ovation Awards. The Ovation Awards recognize an individual or group’s dedication to building and sustaining arts and culture in Montgomery County through active participation in the arts and/or support of the arts.

This year’s Ovation awards will be held on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 2:00pm in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of APSU. More information will be released to the community soon on the nomination process for the 2018 Ovation Awards.

For more information or to get involved, visit or follow CECA on Facebook @apsuceca

Current CECA Advisory Board:

  • Michelle Dickerson, President
  • Jim Mann, Vice President
  • Anthony Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Dee Boaz
  • Janice Crews (ex officio)
  • Jacqueline Crouch
  • Vic Daniel
  • Pastor Gary Ellis
  • Solie Fott
  • Gary Hamm
  • Andrea Herrera
  • Geoff Livingston
  • Katy Olita
  • Beverly Parker
  • Ken Shipley
  • Nancy Sneed
  • Vonda St. Amant (ex officio)
  • Jerica Swiger (ex officio)
  • Dixie Webb (ex officio)
  • Kimberly Wiggins
  • Marydith Young




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