Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta
The mission of the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta is to provide an educational venue to showcase and promote the arts and history of our region. The Arts & Heritage Center is the outgrowth from two North Augusta non-profit organizations. The Heritage Council of North Augusta works with the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor to preserve and promote the history of the North Augusta area. They have monthly programs on local history, have produced three historical books, placed historical markers in the community and recently erected the James U. Jackson monument. The Cultural Arts Council sponsors an outdoor summer music series and other concerts such as the Veteran's Day Concert, art shows and competitions, a children's theater program, provides grants to teachers to enhance arts exposure in schools, sponsors North Augusta Idol and co-sponsors the Yellow Jasmine Festival. The North Augusta Artists Guild, an additional arts group, is an outgrowth of the Cultural Arts Council. For more information visit www.NAArtsCouncil.org The Arts and Heritage Center supports many of the activities of both groups and other groups with similar interests and activities. To clearly define management and financial responsibilities, The Arts & Heritage Center has been established as a separate 501c3 non-profit group with its own board of directors. The board consists of three representatives each from the heritage and cultural arts councils, a representative from the Artists Guild and 18 other individuals from the community. On the first floor, The Arts & Heritage Center has two large rooms for exhibits and displays, a reception area, storage facilities, a gift shop and an office. The second floor has a balcony display area and an observation area to look down into the first floor galleries. With the help of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor a permanent history exhibit was installed in the Center in July 2011. This exhibit showcases the history of the four county region of Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg. In addition, there will be rotating exhibits highlighting art, photography, pottery and historical information. The AHC is open free to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and the 1st Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 pm. The AHC is located inside the North Augusta Municipal Building at 100 Georgia Ave. For more information, call the AHC at 803-441-4380, follow them on Facebook, or visit their website at www.artsandheritagecenter.com.