Averitt Center for the Arts
Statesboro, GA 30459
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
Suitable for Ages
Juan Granados In Time/En Tiempo
09/09/2016 - 10/22/2016
Juan Granados and his family were, at one time, migrant farm workers. His ceramic pieces are influenced by his childhood relationship with the earth, and he strongly carries these themes through out his work. He was born in Floydada, Texas in 1962. Granados received his BA in 1987 from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and his MFA from Ohio State University in 1991. He is a technical leader in the field of integrating imagery into ceramic surfaces, and his work has been recognize...read more
Lewis Grizzard, in His Own Words
09/23/2016 - 09/24/2016
This one man show, starring actor Bill Oberst, features Grizzard's best-loved stories and jokes, along with some poignant and funny readings from his books and newspaper columns. Lewis Grizzard was the most widely syndicated columnist in America for 15 years until his death at age 47, appearing in 450 daily newspapers. This production covers the works of Grizzard from 1985 to 1993.read more
Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!
10/25/2016 - 10/26/2016
Experience the 9th Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE! This wild evening has become a highlight of the Halloween season. Come in your favorite costume and join the fun. First timers are more than welcome. This show is for mature audiences only. No one under 18 years of age is permitted unless accompanied by and adult.read more
Write Place Festival
11/03/2016 - 11/05/2016
Join the Averitt Center, Statesboro Magazine, Georgia Southern Writing and Linguistics Program, local libraries, and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau for a three day festival featuring local author presentations and book signings. The festivities include open-mic and writing competitions, First Friday Author Stroll, an outdoor movie, writing workshops for aspiring authors and many more activities that help to celebrate the art of literature.
Author Presentation & Book Sig...read more
Christmas Carol Ballet
11/18/2016 - 11/20/2016
See the classic Charles Dickens novel, beloved by American audiences, come alive on stage as a full length ballet. Set in Victorian London on Christmas Eve, we meet Ebenezer Scrooge who despises the festive season and is renowned for his 'Bah-Humbug' outlook on life. After arriving home on Christmas Eve, Scrooge is met by the ghost of his former business associate Jacob Marley, who is covered with chains and has come to warn Scrooge of how his negative attitude in life will weigh him down in ...read more
12/09/2016 - 12/09/2016
Born and raised in Drogheda, Ireland on the banks of the River Boyne, Harry O'Donoghue began his musical career at age twenty, performing at Folk Masses, the Irish Wheelchair Association, and other locations. In 1979, he was a founding member of the group Terra Nova and by the mid-eighties they were touring the U.S. and were signed to Polydor Records. Harry has performed, by invitation, with the Savannah Symphony and has shared the bill with international recording artists such as Mary Black,...read more
Soul Within: Figuration by Abner Cope Exhibition
01/12/2017 - 02/25/2017
Abner A. Cope received his Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. in 1974. Mr. Cope was the first African American to graduate from Georgia Southern College with an Art Degree. In 1998, he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in drawing from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Abner was an Associate Professor of Art at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH for 30 years. During his tenure at Central State University, Abner ...read more
Kenny Brawner in "Ray Charles on my Mind"
01/14/2017 - 01/14/2017
This brand new hybrid concert/theater work vividly brings the music and story of the great Ray Charles to life. Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner, leads his 12-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists in performing this American legend's most popular hits. "What I'd Say," "I Got A Woman," "Georgia On My Mind," "Doin' the Mess Around," "I Can't Stop Loving You," and "Let The Good Times Roll" are just some of the show stoppers in this extraordinary program. These songs are...read more
Pam Tillis Trio
02/10/2017 - 02/10/2017
Join us at The Averitt Center of the Arts for a performance by Pam Tillis Trio on February 10, 2017. Pam Tillis has been a formidable force in country music since her first single hit the charts in 1990. She has racked up 14 Top Five hits including six that hit #1, and has sold over 6 million records. An accomplished songwriter, Pam has had her compositions recorded by artists as varied as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Highway 101, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty. She was one of the first women...read more
Alice in Wonderland (Family Night Out)
02/17/2017 - 02/17/2017
Bits-n-Pieces Puppet Theater takes a trip down the rabbit hole with their nine-foot-tall giant puppets performing in front of our projected animations with video effects! Singing, dancing and fast-paced action inspire imagination as the adventure takes you through the looking glass with Alice. The wild ride begins with the Mad Hatter's zany tea party with the Dormouse and the March Hare...then the Queen of Hearts' wild game of croquet in the Royal Courtyard...and the Cheshire Cat's disappear...read more
Leaves: Book and Paper Arts
03/02/2017 - 04/26/2017
Leaves: Book and Paper Arts is an exhibition of three artists who make one edition artist's books and paper to build and create narratives or architectonic magic. Artists invited to participate are Susan Lenz, Jenny Bick and Christina Lihan. The exhibition is being co-curated by Sheila Stewart Leach and Patricia Carter in part to interface with creative and technical curriculum taught at the high school and university level.
Opening Reception: March 2, 2017read more
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Always... Patsy Cline
03/10/2017 - 03/12/2017
Join us for a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in 1963 at age 30 in a plane crash. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall t...read more
Through the Window: Landscapes by Terry Moeller
05/05/2017 - 07/01/2017
Ms. Moeller is a landscape artist working in a variety of media, including oil painting, pastels, watercolor, mixed media, and photography. Terry grew up in rural Southeast Texas, and her childhood exploration of the natural world created a lasting impression, which continues to inform her work. Terry's artwork focuses on the light, color, pattern, and rhythms found in nature.
Meet the Artist Reception: May 11, 2017read more
Exhibition Dates: May 5 – July 1, 2017