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 late February to early March. 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.

 

The 2023 event will be held at the Julian Smith Casino on March 4th. This year’s event theme being “Alice In Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass” with a Mad Hatter’s tea party acted out by local performance theatre groups. This is a members-only party for age 21+. To submit artwork, you must be a member of the Arts Council. Please, click here to apply.

 

Thank you to our WetPaint Party & Art Sale Sponsors! 

 

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 the Greater Augusta Arts Council hosts an annual Luncheon focused on local arts. Discussions are held on economic development, upcoming plans for the future and public art. It provides a great opportunity to gain understanding of the importance of arts in Augusta.

 

The 2022 Arts Day Luncheon will cover Developing an Artistic Community with guest speakers: Hawthorne E. Welcher, Jr. the Director of Housing and Community Development, Brandon Garret of the Augusta-Richmond County Commission representing District 8, Margaret Woodard the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority and Gary Dennis who is the Executive Director of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

 

This year’s event was hosted Thursday, November 1oth from 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Julian Smith Casino, located at 2200 Broad St.

Allyssa Blair and Beth Gore of the Augusta Mini Theatre seated for the Arts Day Luncheon
  • 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
 

Click Here for a description of each award category.

Click Here for a complete list of past winners.

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.

 

This year the Festival will be held September 16-18, 2022 and will be even larger, with another city block added to the festival footprint.

 

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 artist’s 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