December 14, 2013

Bandy Center to digitize and store Creative Arts Guild archives


— The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia has recently undertaken the organizing, digitizing and storing of the 50-year archives of Dalton’s Creative Arts Guild.

This project, part of the Bandy Center’s mission to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of northwest Georgia, will result in the preservation of the Creative Arts Guild’s 50 years of memorabilia including photographs, historical documents, scrapbooks and posters. Each document and photograph will be individually scanned and preserved digitally within the Bandy Center’s electronic archive.  

“What a tremendous way to wrap up a phenomenal 50-year anniversary for the Guild,” Guild Executive Director Terry Tomasello said. “The Guild is such a Georgia treasure and the Bandy’s generous offer to preserve it is such a great way to honor the thousands of employees and volunteers of the organization.”

The archiving process, once completed, will allow for greater public access to the Guild’s extensive historical record of Dalton’s arts community in addition to preserving the original documents from damage or deterioration. The project also provides the Bandy Center with an ideal venue with which to train interns in archival methods.

The project’s two interns are Victoria Cline and Justin Hayes. Both have jumped into the organizing and classification process.

Accepting this responsibility to help preserve the Guild’s invaluable artistic heritage is another example of the Bandy Center’s dedication to working with other like-minded organizations in promoting cooperation and collaboration between museums and galleries.

The Creative Arts Guild is the oldest community-based art association in Georgia. The Guild’s collected archives are an irreplaceable treasure celebrating the artistic heritage and legacy of the northwest Georgia region.

“I cannot think of another institution that has added so much to the cultural life of the region as has the Creative Arts Guild,” Bandy Center Executive Director John Fowler said, adding, “and this partnership with the Guild is another example of the Bandy Center’s efforts to build connections with historical and cultural organizations across the northwest Georgia region, the state and the nation.”

To learn more about the Bandy Heritage Center, go to www.bandyheritagecenter.org or its Facebook page.