The organisation was founded in 1933 as Carmarthen Arts Club, an off shoot of the Carmarthen Sketch Club.
Originally several committees covered the various aspects of the arts – music, drama, literature and lectures – all represented on the general committee.
After a short break during the war years the organisation reformed in 1946. It was renamed Carmarthen Arts/Celfyddydau Caerfyrddin in 1996.
Its aims remain the same – to promote all aspects of the arts through an annual programme of events at various venues in Carmarthen; to attract members of the general public to these events and increase awareness of the arts in Carmarthen.
In addition to the events in Carmarthen trips to concerts, operas, to the RSC, Stratford and The Hay Literary Festival are arranged.
Carmarthen Arts/Celfyddydau Caerfyrddin is a non profit making organisation and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and The National Lottery.
There are now over 100 members and just one committee which meets monthly. Several specialised groups have developed from beginnings within the organisation. Notable among these are the Carmarthen Operatic Society and, more recently, Young Musician of Dyfed and also Young Composer of Dyfed, now amalgamated as Young Musicmakers of Dyfed. Carmarthen Arts/Celfyddydau Caerfyrddin has close associations with other specialised arts groups in the area and takes part in the Arts Festival organised by the University of Wales Trinity St David.
The Membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September. Annual membership fee is £18 (joint) and £12 (single).