Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) is the centerpiece of an arts economy revitalization involving artist development and arts education located in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt. A region rich in cultural heritage, bountiful in natural resources and gifted, diverse group of artists, it is also one of the most impoverished areas in America.

CLASSES 

We offer regular youth and adult visual arts classes in acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, basket weaving, chair caning, ceramics & pottery, quilling, quilting, sewing, mixed media, photography, and more. Classes are instructed by professional and skilled craftsmen, and provide opportunities for individuals of all ages and walks of life to enjoy learning a new craft, perfect their skills, build their portfolios, and potentially become entrepreneurs as they sell their works of art.

BOOK CLUB 

Through Black Belt Reads, BBTCAC’s book club, members meet and select works of literature written by Black Belt area authors or about Black Belt area subject matter. Many meetings have included discussions and talks with authors, including K.T. Archer, Joey Brackner, Mike Stewart, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mary Ward Brown, Ted Dunagan, and Dr. Wayne Flynt. Currently, Black Belt Reads meets quarterly at BBTCAC. New members are welcome to join at any time; the only requirement is a love of reading and discussing regionally significant literature.  

OUTREACH 

There are a variety of trained and experienced artists available to demonstrate their art techniques, provide hands-on instruction, share their art with community groups, and much more. From in-school programs to classes and workshops offered to private groups – our artists are ready and willing to take programs 'on the road.' 

BLACK BELT ART HOUSE 

The current BBTCAC campus includes a partially renovated car dealership; the renovated front portion is a beautiful gallery, office space, with limited teaching space, while the back portion of the facility (6500 sq. ft.) is the former auto shop and currently used as storage space (referred to by BBTCAC staff as the warehouse). Concept drawings have been prepared by Auburn University architecture students for re-purposing the warehouse space in order to provide artist work-spaces where they may work creatively while growing their businesses and developing unique products, and to allow for vibrant educational experiences (classes, workshops, exhibits, festival events, music, dance, and dramatic performances) for visitors, hands-on learners, and arts consumers. 

A portion of this expanded space will house a dedicated Pottery Station. We selected to begin our expansion with pottery because of its popularity, demand from consumers and tourists, and availability of qualified staff instructors to implement a strong educational program focused on ceramic arts. Following a successful fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo in 2014, the Pottery Station will offer six pottery wheels, a dedicated clay classroom, drying racks and storage space, a kiln and glaze room, and room to grow. In addition, Black Belt Art House will provide room and equipment for expanded arts education opportunities (classes, workshops), community arts presentations (theater, music, literary readings), and exhibits.

Please visit our Facebook Page or email us at info@blackbelttreasures.com to get information on upcoming classes.