Initiatives

Creative Placemaking

Thomasville, GA

At the Center for the Arts in Thomasville and around our region, we focus on enriching the creative life of our community by elevating all aspects of the visual, performing, literary and applied arts. Beyond that we are always looking for innovative ways to leverage the arts to help shape, strengthen and revitalize our community.

Creative Placemaking combines art, culture and creativity to create a vibrant place that attracts people and projects that help an economy thrive. We’re laying the foundation for this emerging creative economy by facilitating “the arts as a place making strategy” dialogue between civic leaders, entrepreneurs, city government, area non-profits, and our local corporations to develop a new arts district anchored by an open public space in the Victoria Place Urban Redevelopment Area known locally as “The Bottoms”. The public space, designed by the City of Thomasville, will pull the community in with an outdoor amphitheater, art installations, play space, and restrooms. Surrounding this “urban parlor” you’ll find a creative co-working space, open art studios, event and exhibition venues, a community kitchen, organic gardens, artists-in-residence and other programs designed by our community citizens and collaborative partners.

The improvements and programs in the district will embrace the geographic context of the land, express our rich cultural heritage, increase economic opportunity, enrich our historic district, and bring our creative community resources together. The open space is also the centerpiece and trailhead for a new multi-use trail that connects our historic districts, parks and commerce centers. Additionally, it is a corridor between downtown and Victoria Place, an urban redevelopment project centered around affordable housing.

We invite you to join us in the ongoing design and development of the project through a series of Creative Conversations.

Current Project Partners

City of Thomasville
Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Mainstreet
Downtown Merchants Association
StARTup Thomasville
Thomas County Chamber of Commerce
Thomasville Center for the Arts
Thomasville Landmarks
Thomasville Tourism Department

Learn More

For more information on Victoria Place Urban Redevelopment Area click here.
For more information on the Thomasville Community Landmarks Parks & Multi-Use Trail Master Plan click here.
To jump on board and become a part of the Center for the Arts click here.

 

Community Projects

One Book 2014

One Book 2014

Are you reading??? Community partners have announced “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption” as this year’s One Book selection. One Book 2014 kicks off with a mock trial where audience members will be given a glimpse into the judicial process and will take part in a jury selection and a lineup demonstration, both events which play prominently in the bestselling novel. The month long community wide read concludes with an authors lecture on Oct. 18th featuring New York Times bestselling authors of “Picking Cotton”, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton. Both authors will share their story of forgiveness with audience members and will sign copies of their books. Tickets to the event are $10. Don’t miss a full month of One Book events. Admission is free for all events prior to the author event on Oct. 18th. Monday, Oct. 13 – 6:30 pm | Lessons Learned Listen to personal stories of forgiveness at the Thomas County Public Library – ROOM TBD Tuesday, Oct. 14 – 6:00 pm | Criminal Justice Perspectives Hear from leaders in the criminal justice field at Southwest Georgia Technical College Building B Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 15 – 12:00 pm| Lunch & Learn Bring a brown bag lunch and discuss Picking Cotton with fellow Thomas County readers at Studio 209 – 209 Remington Avenue Thursday, Oct. 16 – 6:30 pm | Book Talk Learn more about this year’s book with a panel of English professors at Thomas University – Smith-Bonvillian Building Flowers Auditorium Friday, Oct. 17 – 6:30 pm| Innocence Denied Join Innocence Project of Florida Executive Director Seth Miller at Thomasville On Stage and Company –... read more
Arts District Design Charrette Weekend

Arts District Design Charrette Weekend

Thomasville Center for the Arts, Landmarks and the City of Thomasville invite you to learn more about Thomasville’s proposed art district and participate in a community wide design charrette. Charrette Weekend March 7 – 9 • Building 209 • 209 W Remington Ave Walking Tour of Proposed District and Trailhead March 7 • 2:30pm – 4pm • Building 209 Everyone Welcome • FREE Design Charrette Session March 7 • 6pm – 8pm • Building 209 Everyone Welcome • FREE A Charrette is a highly collaborative brainstorming and design session that allows everyone who has a stake in the project to develop a vested interest in the ultimate vision while avoiding the prolonged discussions that often delay conventional planning projects. It also ensures that the finished result is produced more efficiently and cost effectively. Open Studio Session March 8 • 3pm – 5pm • Building 209 Everyone Welcome • FREE Open Studio Session March 9 • 8am – 10am • Building 209 Everyone Welcome • FREEWrap-Up Session March 9 • 1pm – 2pm • Building 209 Everyone Welcome • FREE About the Creative District The Creative District will embrace the geographic context of the land, express our rich cultural heritage, increase economic opportunity, enrich our historic district, and bring our creative community resources together. The open space is also the centerpiece and trailhead for a new multi-use trail that connects our historic districts, parks and commerce centers. Additionally, it is a corridor between downtown and Victoria Place, an urban redevelopment project centered around affordable... read more
Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

Strengthening the Community though Creative Placemaking October 11 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm • Studio 209 • 209 West Remington Avenue   Join the conversation and engage with regional arts and community leaders to discuss Strengthening Community through Creative Placemaking. We’re laying the foundation for an emerging creative economy by facilitating a dialogue between civic leaders, entrepreneurs, city government, area non-profits, and local corporations to develop a new arts district in Thomasville.The conversation will be based on the guest speakers’ areas of expertise including public art and architecture, collaboration, and artist engagement as elements in creative placemaking. Guest Speakers: Julie Guyot Studio Artist, Thomasville Center for the Arts Artist in Residence Kenneth von Roenn Director, FSU Master Craftsman Studio Susan Hable Smith Textile Designer and Painter, Hable Construction Lee Todd Director of Community Relations, SCAD-Atlanta Creative Conversations is a nationwide grassroots program to promote and discuss the profile of arts in communities. These events are presented by the Americans for the Arts throughout October in support of National Arts and Humanities Month.  ... read more