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Averitt Center helping change Boro for the good
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It's party time! The Averitt Center for the Arts just kicked off its 10th Anniversary Season! What started in 2003 with just a small handful of visionaries is now a best-in-class regional arts center made up of our Main Galleries, the Emma Kelly Theater, the Downtown Dance Studio and plans are under way for a new Visual Arts Center. With fine arts programming for every age and across the creativity spectrum, the Averitt Center is truly "where the Arts come alive!" And we are just getting started. Fortunately, the secret is out and our growth reflects Statesboro's burgeoning presence as the center of the Magnolia Midlands of Southeast Georgia. Borrowing from and capitalizing upon my favorite series in the National Public Radio family, please indulge my beliefs regarding The Averitt Center for the Arts.

I believe in the Arts - There is an enduring contribution it makes to the human spirit.

I believe in Creativity - It is the currency of the 21st Century and the future belongs to those with the imagination to create it!

I believe in Statesboro - It is the people, faith, food, artists, and natural beauty that makes this is a great community to live, work and play! The Averitt Center for the Arts reflects that culture and that's why over 60,000 people walked through our doors last season. For our 10th Anniversary, we have rolled out an even bigger welcome mat of exciting programming!

I believe in Purpose - A vibrant arts culture is fundamental to the architectural design of every great community because creating or experiencing art can give people a fulfilling sense of personal power. We all have something to say about the world, and art helps us find our voice. It can also help us find each other and results from that power are transformative.

I believe in Economic Development - The power of art goes far beyond audience appreciation. The catalytic power of the arts in building the economy, cultural destinations, and vital neighborhoods positively impacts our citizens' quality of life and just makes sense - and dollars too! In fact, last year alone we added $2,176,000 to our region's revitalization.

I believe in Partnerships - Working together with our growing membership and public and private collaborators including the City of Statesboro, Downtown Development Authority, Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau along with our proud sponsors, we can do for Statesboro what SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) did for Savannah. Together we can marshal our impressive creative capital to transform neighborhoods and fuel our region's economy. Can you imagine that!

I believe in Celebration - We have come a long way over the last 10 years and this Anniversary Season is a milestone truly worth celebrating.

Finally, I believe that the best is yet to come! This is your personal invitation to become a member, visit the galleries, enjoy a play, take an enriching class or sponsor a child in our After School Program. Let us know what you believe! I hope you find The Averitt Center for the Arts as exciting and enriching a place as I do. Here's to the next 10 years!

I remain,
Francys Johnson
Averitt Center for the Arts


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