Celtic Cultural Center of Texas
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The Corporation will endeavor to promote and preserve the history, music, art, dance, language and literature of the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh immigrants of the United States and their generations. The Corporation will specifically highlight the many contributions these cultures have given the United States, through education and performance.
The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas was a special project founded by Donnelle McKaskle in the year 2002. The CCC became a federally recognized 501C3 non-profit in the following year. The CCC's main focus at the time was to raise funds to build a Center in Austin to house the rich cultural heritage of the Irish, Scots and Welsh groups who were so vital to the discovery, development and success of Texas and America.
This project has now evolved into an event based organization featuring several highly recognized and critically acclaimed events including the St. Patrick's Day Festival and the Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral. Donnelle McKaskle and the Board of the CCC have worked to solidify their vision with other Austin Cultural groups, including the Austin Celtic Association, the Gaelic League of Austin, the Renaissance Austin Theatre Company, the Irish Dance Center, the Scottish Country Dance Alliance, and the Hill Country Highland Dancers.
The CCC still maintains the vision of infrastructure and developmental for building a center, however they quickly realized that there was a more immediate need for community activity and public events that highlighted the Celtic culture throughout the year. Many of the events have become so large they require the main attention of the association.
Working with local producer and activist, Donnelle McKaskle, The CCC has partnered with many great businesses in the last couple of years to help produce some of Austin's most spectacular events including:
In addition, the CCC has worked with other local producers and organizations to help produce:
The CCC regularly works with a group of key local Celtic artists including Jeff Moore, The Tea Merchants, The Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, Ed Miller, and others.
One of the CCC's largest activities is hosting international dignitaries and performers including the sampling below: