The arts encompass visual arts, literary arts and the performing arts – music, theatre, dance and film, among others. Georgia’s Lake Country has a bounty of arts.
Visual Arts: Historic downtown districts offer exhibits of local work as well as worldwide artists. Local galleries and studios are scattered throughout the lake country where one can purchase paintings, sculptures, photograph and much more.
The Steffen Thomas Museum is a permanent collection of work from German-American Expressionist Steffen Thomas. The museum is dedicated to providing art education programs and projects for children and families using Georgia artist Steffen Thomas's work as examples of creative expression. The museum provides opportunities for children to develop their own talents, a deeper understanding of themselves, of their connections to all living things and of their responsibility for preserving the environment.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625
Uncle Remus Museum is located in Turner Park, the original homestead of Joseph Sidney Turner, the "Little Boy" in the tales of Uncle Remus. The museum consists of a log cabin made from three slave cabins originating in Putnam County. The cabins are similar to the one occupied by Uncle Remus, the character made famous in the folklore tales of Eatonton native Joel Chandler Harris. A focal point of the museum is the two pictures from the movie "Song of the South" donated by Walt Disney when the museum opened in 1963. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed one hour for lunch, and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the winter, the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Admission is $2, children under eight are $1.
Alice Walker Driving Trail that takes you past several important places in Alice Malsenior Walker’s life. Walker is the author of the award-winning novel "The Color Purple," and was born in Eatonton on February 9, 1944. The trail includes the church she was baptized in and faithfully attended, Wards Chapel A.M.E. Church. Located across the street is Wards Chapel Cemetery where her parents, Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker are buried. The Alice Walker Driving Tour brochure is available at the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce office and also gives a timeline of important events in Walker's life.
Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce
305 North Madison Avenue, Eatonton, GA 31024
Andalusia - Flannery O'Connors Farm - open to the public Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Also open by appointment. American author Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She later moved to Milledgeville, Georgia where she graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1945. O’Connor lived at her family's farm, Andalusia, from 1951 until her death from lupus in 1964. O'Connor often commented about Andalusia in her letters and described with great humor and affection the operation of this dairy farm managed by her mother, Regina Cline O'Connor. At Andalusia, O'Connor also found the source of many of the settings, situations, and fictional characters of her stories. While living at Andalusia, she completed two novels and two collections of short stories. Also be sure to visit the Museum at GCSU/Flannery O’Connor Room, the room houses memorabilia, artwork, various artifacts and furnishings from Andalusia and the Cline-O'Connor-Florencourt
House. Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm during regular university sessions and by appointment.
2628 Columbia Street/Highway 441 (across from America's Best Value Inn)
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Performing Arts: From the Washington Ballet and the Vienna Boys Choir, to Third Eye Blind and a six year-old beauty pageant, Georgia’s Lake Country has something to offer every weekend.
Festival Hall is the historic Greensboro Auditorium, built in 1939, sits in the heart of downtown Greensboro. The building’s rich history as a home to community events, musical performances and educational functions continues to today. The hall is available for public and private functions presented by local, regional and national producers.
201 North Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center combines a rare treasure of the past with an active commitment to the future. Housed in a fine 1895 Romanesque Revival red brick building, built as one of the South's first graded public schools, today it is a vibrant non-profit multidisciplinary performing and visual arts facility serving the Southeast. Community favorites at MMCC include the annual Antiques Show & Sale, an array of visual arts exhibits, independent films, live performances and concerts, the annual Spring Tour of Homes, the Chamber Music Festival, and a variety of educational programs to enhance the arts experiences of local K-12 students.
434 South Mains Street, Madison, GA 30650
The Plaza Arts Center is a recently renovated school house built in 1916. Within the center of the facility lies a 500 seat auditorium, there is a catering kitchen adjacent to a reception room that may accommodate a group up to 120, as well as an outdoor stage that overlooks The Plaza garden. This combination and variety of spaces makes the center an excellent venue for banquets, parties, weddings and receptions, family and school reunions, business meetings and conferences, classes, community programs and events, plays, pageants, concerts and more.
305 N. Madison Avenue, Eatonton, GA 31024
Georgia College, the state's designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. They offer numerous performances throughout the year, everything from ballet to jazz and theatrical performances. Russell Auditorium is the main performance space for Music and Theatre productions. The auditorium seats up to 980 and has a 1,000 square foot stage, an orchestra pit, computerized lighting system, and two dressing rooms. Max Noah Recital Hall is located on the third floor of Porter Hall, small theatre productions and recitals are held here. Max Noah is an intimate venue that seats nearly 200. The Campus Theatre in historic downtown Milledgeville includes a black box theatre with flexible seating, rehearsal and classroom space, a design lab and offices. The facility is a huge benefit to students, allowing them to perform in an arena setting, work with high quality light and sound systems and learn about state of the art technology.
231 W. Hancock Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061