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.

The 2022 event was held February 26, 7pm-10pm, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. This is a members-only party for age 21+.

Thank you to our 2022 Wet Paint 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 2021 Arts Day Luncheon will cover paying for public art with guest speakers are Elan Buchen from Roswell Art Fund, Denise Brinson from City of Suwanee and Odie Donald II, Augusta Richmond County Administrator. This event will be hosted Thursday November 18th from 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Julian Smith Casino, located at 2200 Broad St.

 

Cost for admission and lunch is $25 for members of the Arts Council or $30 for not yet members.

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.

 

The Annual Augusta Arts Awards cocktail event will be held on June 23rd, 6pm at The Foundry. 

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.

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 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