Art News September 18

Art News September 18

Augusta Blues Company donates 20 guitars, drum kits, keyboards to 2 local organizations

The Augusta Blues Company, one of Augusta’s newest arts nonprofits, is already accomplishing great things to help children connect to music. The organization, directed by Michael Galluci, recently donated 20 guitars to local organizations in partnership with Kids Rock the Nation – The Columbia County Library/Hardin Auditorium and the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. The Augusta Blues Company donated 10 acoustic guitars to each organization, in addition to drum kits and keyboards donated by the organization earlier. The Augusta Blues Company is a membership organization dedicated to introducing the public to the genre and preserving its traditions through a robust educational program. The Company is hosting two upcoming performances -The Blues Duo Long Tall Deb & Colin John at the Fox’s Lair September 28th, and Tas Cru at the Hardin Auditorium on October 6th. Learn more information about the Company and buy tickets at their website,

Reception at the City Gallery – Augusta City Employees Art Exhibition, Friday, September 28

Join us Friday, September 28th at 11:30 am to 1:00pm for a reception for the artists whose work is currently on display at the Municipal Building.

The show features artwork by current City of Augusta Employees in a variety of mediums and styles. Refreshments will be provided, the reception is open to the public.

Featured Artists: Aleigha Brigham, Project Manager with the Tax Commissioners Office, Thurnell EL, Records Retention Specialist with Planning and Development, Angela Rice, a Paralegal with the Augusta Fire Department, Lea Rigdon, Administrative Assistant with the Augusta Fire Department, and Sandra Walther, Financial Analyst with the Finance Department.

Art Reception

Friday, September 28

11:30 am – 1:00 pm,

Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St.


Recent NEA study reveals increased attendance of arts and culture events nationwide

A recent study completed by the NEA shows goods news for arts and cultural organizations across the US – attendance has increased to arts events of all genres since the 2012 survey of Public Participation in the Arts.
The most recent survey, completed in 2017, shows attendance of arts and cultural events up to 132.3 million people, which represents nearly 54 percent of the U.S. adult population.This is an increase by 3.6 percent from the 2012 study. This is also coupled with an increase in consumer spending at these same events.
An interesting trend noted by the study is an increase of attendance at poetry & spoken word events, which were attended by over 28 million people in the US. The attendance of young adults aged 18-24 more than doubled at poetry events, and women’s participation in such events increased from 8 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2017.
According to the study, which is titled “U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017,” the top 3 areas of arts attendance in the US are as follows:
  • Outdoor performing arts festivals: 58.5 million people
  • Musicals: 40.2 million people
  • Other performing arts events – classical music, jazz, ballet and other dance performances, opera, and Latin/Spanish/salsa music: 36.4 million people
You can read the full report online at    READ MORE

Arts in the Heart of Augusta – That’s A Wrap! Thank you from the festival organizers

The Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Arts in the Heart of Augusta steering committee thanks  you for another great festival year!
This year’s festival was fantastic, and we are grateful to the artists, performers, participants, food vendors and volunteers who made it possible. Keep an eye out on and on the festival facebook pages for photo galleries of all the fun that was had!
SAVE THE DATE for Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival 2019, being held September 20-22!
Photo: Soweto Street Beat on the Global Stage Saturday, September 15,  by Redwolf Advertising