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Averitt Center provides environment for the community to share talents, creations

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     The Averitt Center for the Arts in downtown Statesboro is trying to be the center of arts activity for the city and Bulloch County. Judging by the array of programs, shows and exhibits slated for this spring, they appear to moving in that direction.
    Averitt Center Executive Director Tim Chapman said being the center for arts activity has been his goal at the center.
        “We always wanted to be the hub of the arts for the community — not to be all things in the arts — just to be a hub for it,” said Chapman. “We want to disseminate arts information to the community and provide a nice environment for the community to display their artistic talents.”
    “We’re really developing into a community arts center.”
    Chapman said the center was collaborating with a number of groups around the city and county to diversify their presentations.
    “One thing I wanted to show is that we’re partnering a lot with other community organizations to deliver programs,” said Chapman. “We’re pooling our resources so we can provide a better quality service to people in our community.”
    “We’re trying to bring more variety to the community and we’re doing that by partnering around the community. There’s different projects throughout the spring that are geared toward providing a different type of experience that appeals to a larger audience.”
    There are a number of different groups working with the Averitt Center. The Statesboro Regional Library is presenting “To Kill a Mockingbird — One Book, One Community” with help from the center. The Statesboro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce helped bring the Short Circuit Film festival to town. Other groups include Georgia Southern Opera, Main Street Statesboro, Bulloch County Schools and Keep Bulloch Beautiful, who’s joined with the center for an exhibit opening on Earth Day.
    First Fridays, run by the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, has always worked with the Averitt Center to provide a wide array of events during the downtown celebrations. This spring is no different.
    “We’ve got lots of exhibits opening on all of the First Fridays in the spring and we have shows that will be performing on First Friday, so you’ll be able to participate in the downtown festivities then go and see a show,” said Chapman.
    Don’t forget the classes, says Rachel Godbee, program coordinator for the Averitt Center. She said much of the information about the classes can be found in the Spring Program guide. It can be picked up for free around town at many of the local restaurants, coffee houses and entertainment venues in addition to the center’s lobby.
    Registration for classes can be accomplished three ways. First, fill out the registration form in the Spring Program guide and mail it to the Averitt Center with your check. To pay by Visa or Master Card, call the center at (912) 212-ARTS. Or come by the administrative offices, located on the second floor, during business hours, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Chapman mentioned two other events that will be happening downtown this spring. The first leg of the Tour de Georgia, the second largest cycling race in the world after the Tour de France, begins here April 22. Also the music festival, Celebration South, is coming back in April.

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