CEAAC is an association set up in 1987 at the behest of local elected authorities with the aim of bringing contemporary art to a wider public within the region.
The centre's program has a threefold objective:
- Increasing awareness and the dissemination of contemporary art among a wider public, including young people, by taking artworks out into the open, staging exhibitions in its arts centre and providing artistic input for local authorities.
- Providing support for artists in the region, by providing studios, awarding prizes and offering grants for specific artistic projects
- Encouraging international exchanges through residencies and exhibitions.