The 567 Center for Renewal dreams of a vibrant downtown Macon filled with successful businesses and creative professionals, a downtown filled with the arts and enjoyed by people of all ages from all places.
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What does The 567 do?
For the last eight years, The 567 Center has been a pillar of quality of life in downtown Macon and a vibrant catalyst for community strength and economic development.
What started out as a place for concerts and art exhibits grew to include weekly art classes, workspace for over twenty businesses, business workshops, lunchtime dance parties, spoken word performances, film festivals, and literary conferences. These programs have brought hundreds of people to downtown Macon and reshaped people’s ideas of what downtown Macon is and could be.
The heart of what do is the arts because art is a powerful vehicle for growth. Arts events and experiences have the power to create jobs, attract tourism dollars, and give people a stronger connection to Macon. Some of our accomplishments in the past 12 months include:
-We attracted over 800 people to downtown Macon with arts events at The 567.
-Almost half of the people who came to our art classes lived outside of Macon. People even came from as far as Cordele and metro Atlanta to attend our classes.
-We established a new pottery studio for professional and aspiring clay artists to grow in their craft.
-We doubled the size of our summer art camp and added pottery classes to the camp.
-We provided free monthly art activities in the alleyways and medians of downtown Macon using the new Art Cart.
-We built a legal graffiti wall which is used weekly by graffiti artists and community members to express themselves and practice their art.
-We provided 10 artists with the opportunity to sell their artwork in our new online gallery.
Current goals include expanding the art classes being offered (especially for kids), continuing improvements to our new facility, and increasing our visibility throughout Macon.
Other needs and opportunities:
$500 to for free quarterly art activities around downtown Macon with the Art Cart in 2019
$1200 to install a sign on the front of our building