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ART STATION

Top: Bassist Reggie
Sullivan performs
at the Arts in the
Heart of Augusta
Festival in 2017.
Right: ART Station's
professional theater
company presents "A
Broadway Christmas
Carol."

In 1986, Thomas and several friends approached the
DeKalb County Commission with plans to start a public/private
arts center in Stone Mountain. DeKalb County purchased the
historic trolley-car barn of the Atlanta
Rapid Transit (ART) system, while the
group forming the nonprofit arts organization raised $3.5 million to renovate the
building, and ART Station was born.
Today, ART Station is a multi-building theater, dance, music, visual and
literary arts environment that houses
several theaters, its own Actors' Equity
Association theater company, five art
galleries and classrooms to learn skills
such as drawing and novel writing.
About 300 children and teens attend
summer arts camp to ignite their creativity. They design 3D ideal towns and work

Soweto Street Beat, an Atlanta- and Soweto,
South Africa-based dance theater company,
performs during the annual Arts in the Heart
of Augusta Festival.

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with professionals to produce their own plays. In a
multi-generational program, seniors and kids share
their life stories in video or story boards. ART Station
hosts intimate musical evenings in its cabaret theater, while its Tour of Southern Ghosts Storytelling
Festival at Stone Mountain Park draws 15,000 every
October.
"It's very important for a community to have an
arts center. It becomes a community center where
artists, patrons and residents can come together and
work together. It becomes a catalyst for economic
development," Thomas says.

Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta,
(706) 826-4702, augustaarts.com
Founded in 1968, the Greater Augusta Arts
Council serves as an umbrella organization for promoting the arts.
"Augusta is a very vibrant arts town, and we're
the ear and voice of the arts community," says Brenda Durant, executive director. "We have a large community of writers, filmmakers, musicians and fine
artists. We listen to them, and we speak up at city
commission meetings to make sure we are heard."
To promote the arts, the council features arts
news, a calendar of events and lists of galleries and
arts classes on its website. It hosts a weekly radio talk
show and organizes the Arts in the Heart of Augusta
Festival, a 2-1/2-day event of performances, crafts,
food and a juried art show with more than 100 artists
each September.
It also serves as Augusta's public art agency and
administers cultural grants from the city of Augusta.
"One of the unique things that we do is offer

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