EVENTS

WetPaint Party & Art Sale

The Wet Paint Party & Art Sale is an annual event held by the Arts Council as part fundraiser, part soiree and part art auction.

The event is held annually in February at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. This members-only gathering is meant to raise money for the Arts Council’s mission and garner funds for artists who participate in the evening’s silent auction.

Many Wet Paint Party events have also seen live fashion show components and, in recent history, dazzling models dressed to a T to fit the event’s theme. The fashion is trusted to the one and only Ooollee Bricker and her team at Vintage Ooollee.

More information about the 2022 event will be released in December 2021. 

Arts Day Luncheon

The annual Arts Day Luncheon sees the arts community, local government and regional government come together to discuss the state of the arts nationally, regionally and locally.

Each year we invite our local government to address the arts community and, in turn, hear from several arts speakers about the state of the arts as it pertains to the economy and national interest.

Check back for 2022 Arts Day Luncheon Info

Annual Augusta Arts Awards

Each summer the Arts Council and its members come together for the annual meeting, the changing of the board and a ceremony to honor several arts heroes in our community. The Annual Awards are bestowed on individuals nominated by the community and confirmed by a team who works closely with the Arts Council. The Annual Awards include:
  • Artist Award
  • Arts Professional Award
  • Media Award
  • Sponsor Award
  • Kath Engler Public Art Award
For information about the 2022 Annual Arts Awards, please check back!

Best of Augusta Bash

Presented by Augusta Magazine
The Best of Augusta Bash is an annual event hosted by Augusta Magazine. Annually the community votes of its favorite restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, events and more. Those winners are honored at a casual, fun event where they present goods and information about their companies to the public. Proceeds from the event go to support the Arts Council’s programs. Please check back for information about the 2022 Best of Augusta Bash.

ArtsCity Festival

ArtsCity Festival is a 2021 mini-Arts in the Heart of Augusta that will be held September 17-19 in the heart of downtown Augusta. As the first large-scale event the Arts Council has hosted after the COVID-19 pandemic, this event reminds our community that we are strongest working together in the face of adversity. ArtsCity Festival honors our cultural differences by celebrating the vibrancy of our community. This two and a half day festival will have many of the trimmings that a traditional Arts in the Heart festival typically boasts including live entertainment on two stages, special concerts and cultural performances, over 100 artists with beautiful work to share, live painting by Artzilla artists, delicious dishes from around the world and special dining with downtown restaurant partners. A Westobou Ferris Wheel on Broad Street is only one of the cool features we’ll have this year! Find out more at www.artscityfestival.com.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

This weekend festival is a highlight of the Augusta social calendar. It spans several prime blocks in the Downtown Augusta area and attracts 80,000+ patrons each year and there are scores of volunteers who help make the event run smoothly.

Each year there are up to five stages with entertainment booked for the entire festival schedule. These stages stand tall over 100+ artists booths with artists that hail from all over the region and the nation. The event has won several awards from notable artists’ magazines for its quality and attention to artists needs.

Patrons can shop, dance and eat to their heart’s content. More than a dozen cultural associations work together to bring a full compliment of eats and treats from all over the world to the Arts in the Heart festival. These signature dishes are made on-site to order and are the highlight of the festival for many event attendees.

For more information about Arts in the Heart, visit the event website!

Professional Workshops

As part of our commitment to Workforce Development the Arts Council hosts professional development workshops throughout the year. There are several of these events on our calendar at any given time in a typical year.

For more about resources for artists visit our resources page.

Sculpture Trail Events

Augusta has joined a national array of cities that bring new art into public spaces through the temporary lease of outdoor sculptures. 120 artists from across the country submitted images and physical specifications for their ready-to install, original sculptures. The top ten sculptors were selected and invited to bring their sculptures to downtown Augusta for installation. The pieces will remain a part of the Sculpture Trail for two years. Some of the most engaging sculptors in the country show their artwork this way, gaining professional recognition and sometimes having their pieces purchased.  Augusta’s Sculpture Trail public art sculptures is located downtown and placed at intervals that makes for a fun and easy outdoor walking trail. Selected locations use City of Augusta sidewalks for access, making them fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. The Greater Augusta Arts Council has produced a digital walking tour in partnership with Otocast that can be accessed from any mobile device. This tool will help visitors learn specifics about each work of art and artist while they explore the Sculpture Trail. For more information visit www.AugustaSculptureTrail.com