Magnolia Midlands / Statesboro

Averitt Center for the Arts

33 E. Main St.
Statesboro, GA 30459

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The Mission of Averitt Center for the Arts is to provide quality arts opportunities for our community and serve as a centerpiece for a vibrant historic downtown. It is housed in the 1891 Bank of Statesboro building; the bank closed in 1932 and the City of Statesboro eventually bought it in 1997 to house the David H. Averitt Center for the Arts. The former Georgia Theater building is now the Emma Kelly Theater. Today, the arts center stages theater, musical and dance performances and other events.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • John Culver: Worlds Imagined

    John Culver: Worlds Imagined

    01/11/2018 - 03/03/2018

    Bringing together his interests in history, science and science fiction, John's drawings display images derived from the historical past as well as projections about the distant future. He particularly admires Leonardo da Vinci's fusion of art and science – his fifteenth century drawings that must have seemed like science fiction. John has only a grade school education and is academically untrained; he believes that God works through him to produce these visionary works. His drawings reveal... read more

  • African American Folk Art from the Georgia Museum of Art

    African American Folk Art from the Georgia Museum of Art

    01/18/2018 - 03/03/2018

    To celebrate the rich heritage of southern African American folk art, the Averitt Center for the Arts will be exhibiting a selection of art works from the diverse donated collections of the Georgia Museum of Art. Aided by Dr. Shawnya Harris, Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, the Curator of the Averitt, Sheila Stewart Leach chose nineteen pieces by legendary and newer artists to share with our community. Included in the exhibition are several Mose Tolliver works as well as... read more

  • Cashore Marionettes

    Cashore Marionettes

    02/22/2018 - 02/22/2018

    In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take ... read more

  • Myrna Clayton

    Myrna Clayton

    03/03/2018 - 03/03/2018

    Nothing compares to the live performances of "America's Songbird" Myrna Clayton. Audiences around the world get up to dance when Myrna sings; mesmerized by her soul-filled, profound musical message for all. Whether it's jazz, pop, soul, gospel, R&B, blues, or country, Myrna's entertaining and uplifting performances are unforgettable. The U.S. State Department has awarded Myrna and her band the honor of representing American music abroad at US embassies worldwide. In addition, Myrna has been s... read more

  • Carolyn Morgan: Tapestries on Canvas

    Carolyn Morgan: Tapestries on Canvas

    03/08/2018 - 04/21/2018

    Carolyn Morgan has won the coveted Roxie Remley Award three times over the past five years in the Statesboro Regional Art Association (SRAA) Annual Juried Competition. Highly imaginative, her imagery often takes on the spiritual feeling of stained glass windows. She states, "Using strong composition, visual texture and bold use of color, I trust my intuition to take me on my art and soul journey. With my paintings, I wish to take the viewer on a journey that points out the beautiful complexit... read more

  • Tempest


    03/08/2018 - 03/11/2018

    A story of shipwreck and magic, Shakespeare's The Tempest follows the story of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, living on an island with his daughter Miranda. After a violent storm forces a ship's entire crew overboard, Prospero finds his enemies washed up on his shore. Seeking revenge, he uses his black magic to once again restore himself to power but Prospero is not the only one plotting revenge. The ugly, half human Caliban deeply resents Prospero for taking his place as ruler of the is... read more

  • Harry O'Donoghue

    Harry O'Donoghue

    03/15/2018 - 03/15/2018

    With over 35 years in the music industry and continually growing as an artist, Harry O'Donoghue remains steadfast in his role as a journeyman, storyteller, songwriter and ambassador of contemporary and traditional Irish folks music. His is the story of old Ireland, infused with the freshness and world influences of a new century. His delivery subtle yet emotional and his attention to lyrical and musical detail is exact. This event is sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Center for Iri... read more

  • Love Always... Patsy Cline

    Love Always... Patsy Cline

    03/24/2018 - 03/24/2018

    A tribute to the legendary country singer, this show is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Louise Seger, a fan of Cline's from Houston. Seger befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death in 1963. The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, true emotion, and even audience participation, includes many of Cline's unforgettable hits; such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," and "Walking after Mid... read more

  • Odd Couple, Female Version

    Odd Couple, Female Version

    04/19/2018 - 04/21/2018

    Even the best of friends can make the worst of roommates. Neil Simon's mismatched couple is butting heads again, but with a new twist: the females run the show in this contemporary comic classic, The Female Odd Couple. This hilarious, fast-paced story focuses on the friendship of two women, messy Olive Madison and neat freak Florence Unger-opposites in every way. Devastated when her husband asks for a divorce, Florence goes missing for an entire day. Worried about her friend, Olive convinces ... read more

  • Resurrection, Journey Tribute Band

    Resurrection, Journey Tribute Band

    04/20/2018 - 04/20/2018

    2017 went down in music history as the year Journey gets inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To commemorate this iconic band's deserved accolade, Resurrection - A Journey Tribute has dubbed its show dates as the "Hall of Fame Tour." This tribute is recognized by fans in the US and around the globe as the gold standard by which all Journey tributes are measured, faithfully resurrecting the Steve Perry era of the band's history. Each of their performances in 2017/18 will be a tip of the... read more

  • Mary Margaret Duncan Jones: Pushing Boundaries

    Mary Margaret Duncan Jones: Pushing Boundaries

    04/26/2018 - 07/02/2018

    Mary Margaret Duncan Jones' vibrant patterned work appears on the surface to be happily carefree but under the joyful lyricism of line and color a darker humor is apparent. Her abstract compositions frequently set linear boundaries, many with warning signs, to contain the images within. These images are often not content to be bounded. Her work has a personal, symbolic, psychologically driven narrative much like Arshille Gorky's abstract expressionism. Jones studied at Furman University and a... read more

  • Joe Alterman

    Joe Alterman

    05/10/2018 - 05/10/2018

    Pianist Joe Alterman will perform on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Averitt Center for the Arts. In an age when pianists try to leave no key untouched, Alterman's musical affinities run to spare, single-note gems, a la Horace Silver, or block-chord excursions in the mode of Red Garland. New York is all about the leading edge, but the Atlanta native says his heroes were players who leaned toward the blues. After graduating from NYU, Alterman went on to perform with Houston Person, Les McCann, and ... read more

  • Hot Club of San Francisco

    Hot Club of San Francisco

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    The acclaimed Hot Club of San Francisco and the popular French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine have created Meet Me in Paris, a charming concert invoking an unforgettable Parisian experience. Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous during the 20's and 30's in Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. After World War I, the city became a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club's unique sound of gyps... read more