Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Atlanta, GA)


  • Name:Jessica Langlois
  • Title:Director of Fund Develpment

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
  • Address:980 Briarcliff Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30306
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4048725338

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:404-872-5338
  • Mobile phone:404-444-9073

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The Callanwolde Foundation, Inc., operating as Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, restore, and develop the Callanwolde Estate and to be a premier public participatory arts and cultural center.

    Callanwolde offers classes and workshops for all ages in visual, literary and performing arts. Special performances, gallery exhibits, outreach programs and events are presented throughout the year. A magnificent Gothic-Tudor style mansion situated on a beautifully landscaped 12.5-acre estate, Callanwolde offers an inspired setting in which to explore and experience the arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde's combination of history, architecture, and art education makes it one of the most unique art centers in the country.

  • Overview:
  • Callanwolde is a public participatory arts and cultural center, offering in its mission the promise of tangible interaction with beauty. The opportunities offered by Callanwolde--art classes, workshops, performances, exhibits, and much more--are touchstones towards our humanity.

    Over 5,000 individuals from the metro area, particularly DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties, benefit annually from classes at the arts center, receiving instruction in pottery, painting, dance, writing, music, photography, textiles, and much more. By employing a highly-experienced and dedicated faculty, many of whom have taught at Callanwolde for years, the arts education program is the Center's greatest strength and draw. In sessions ranging from two-hour seminars to fifteen-week classes, students explore their creative potential or further their previous knowledge of an artistic medium.

    Outside Callanwolde's art education program and course catalog, the Center offers opportunities for poetry reading, storytelling, jazz concerts, and treasured holiday traditions like Eggstavaganza and Christmas at Callanwolde.

    The scope of Callanwolde's artistic services reach a broad student body. Wobbly toddlers exploring creative movement, seniors experimenting with encaustic painting, families enjoying jazz on the lawn, teens moving freely from digital to the darkroom, veterans telling their stories--this is a small sample of Callanwolde's diverse contributions and community.

    Offering shared experiences and interconnectivity among neighbors, Callanwolde is a treasured living room, music room, studio, library, kitchen, and backyard to all we serve.

    The communities closest to our culture and most regularly impacted are the surrounding neighborhoods: Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills, Little Five Points, Midtown, Decatur, Inman Park, Candler Park, Lake Claire, Oakhurst, Kirkwood, Edgewood, East Atlanta, and Grant Park. While our audience is certainly not limited to these neighborhoods, residents across this dynamic pocket of Atlanta frequently enroll in Callanwolde’s quarterly art classes and participate in family programming.

    Many of these households enroll as a family. Callanwolde offers our neighbors and visitors a unique opportunity for whole family arts instruction. Callanwolde offers three Parent & Me art classes in dance, art, and music, providing a wonderful way for families to share in a creative process.

    The Center also recently developed "Family Storytelling: Emerging Voices," a program designed to preserve and share storytelling traditions. Over the course of five events throughout the year, participants enjoy and practice storytelling themes on fatherhood, folktales, and African tradition. The 2013 program includes the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, the Charles R. Drew Charter School Performers, and a collaboration with the Southern Order of Storytellers featuring veterans sharing their experiences in service. The oral tradition connects generations and the storytelling program has been especially successful in engaging a multi-age audience.

    Children make up approximately 35% of our student body, taking classes in music, drawing, watercolor, drama, textiles, pottery, and sculpture. Callanwolde plays a pivotal role in providing art education, helping bridge the gap left by cuts in public school funding for arts programs. Callanwolde embraces its role as a community servant towards art education, understanding that making art and music has the power to illuminate new pathways of critical thinking and expose young minds to new ideas. As an educator to kids from 18 months through senior year, Callanwolde shares in our community’s goals to inspire more engaged, more curious, and more creative students across all they pursue.

  • History:
  • Over the course of four decades, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center has become Atlanta’s home for creative instruction, expression, and enjoyment.

    The Callanwolde estate provides the foundation from which we pursue our commitment to artistic instruction and discovery. From its groundbreaking in 1917, Callanwolde was intended as the family home for Charles Howard Candler, grandson to the founder of the Coca Cola Company. The home's odyssey from an extravagant center of Candler family life to a vibrant arts center includes brushes with demolition and several transfers of ownership. In 1972, a partnership between the non-profit Callanwolde Foundation, which was formed as a community advocacy group on behalf of the estate, and Dekalb County preserved the buildings and grounds as the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. In 1983, the Callanwolde Foundation accepted responsibility for the operation of the Center, while DeKalb County continues to maintain the house and grounds.

    Entry to the Callanwolde estate is free and open daily for all visitors. While grand, the house exudes a warm hospitality that begs guests to stay, to meditate, to relax, to create--a sense of place that feels like home to our students, faculty, artists, parents, volunteers, and staff. The gardens, dotted with sculpture and fountains, provide year-round inspiration. From the front gate, across the great lawn, throughout the historic home, at the amphitheater and in the greenhouse, the campus is designed to aggregate creative energy.

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:22
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:15

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Douglas L. Abramson
    Judith M. Aleman
    Timothy A. Baxter
    Nicole Bellmann, Treasurer
    Sadie J. Dennard
    Lil M. Flink
    David Gevertz
    Anne P. Huffman
    Lucy T. Inman
    Vernon Jones
    Andrew J. Keenan, President
    J. Tony King, Vice President
    Debbie Masterson
    D. Matthew Middelthon, Secretary
    Tommie M. Nichols
    David M. Paule
    Jerry W. Poole
    H. Palmer Proctor, Jr.
    Katherine Seitz
    C. Austin Stephens
    Julie I. Still
    James K. Warren

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Peggy Still Johnson, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Allison McDermott, Executive Assistant

    Mike Rice, Operations Manager

    Susan Summers, Publicity and Arts Events Director

    Jessica Langlois, Director of Fund Development

    Casey Parsons Bagby, Arts Education Director

    Charlotte Cué-Lipin, Rental Manager

    Jammie Phillips, Chief Registrar / Social Media Manager

    Christina Bray, Outreach Coordinator / Assistant Director of Fund Development

    Kenny Mosley, Senior Facility and Maintenance Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:58-1489389

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:581489389
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:980 BRIARCLIFF RD NE
  • Organization City:ATLANTA
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30306-2618
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1983
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):915, 090
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Erection or maintenance of public building or works, Cultural performances
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A112
  • Asset Amount:$3,460,983
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,012,685
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,948,214
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:05:18 pm

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