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Festival Hall, Greensboro’s premier arts venue and cultural center adapts to follow new state guidelines.
Festival Hall will morph into a space for governmental meetings at least until the end of September. The Board of Directors adopted a resolution last week to halt all public and private events at Festival Hall through September 2020 and allow the large space to be used for city and other governmental meetings.
Under the executive orders from Governor Kemp, the hall was not allowed to be open until July 1, 2020. Performance venues were the last entities to be granted opening status. The new guidelines require reduced capacity and stringent safety protocols providing serious challenges for performance and event centers.
“During the shutdown, we had to cancel or reschedule many of our wonderful events. The Oconee Performance Arts Society (OPAS) rescheduled their fall show to spring 2021 and the Lake Country Players rescheduled all three of their 2020 performances and will resume in 2021. The Doug Stone concert is rescheduled date TBD,” states director, Nicole Chillemi “Arts organizations have been hit especially hard during this pandemic.”
Festival Hall decided to be proactive and come up with a creative use for the building during this time. Many meeting rooms are nice and cozy and in normal times work well for their functions. During a time where social distancing is necessary, however, these rooms are just too small. With over 4000 square feet, the Carolyn Reynolds Parker Auditorium offers a safer space for small meetings.
“We want to do our part. Instead of being closed, Festival Hall will provide a safe space for necessary meetings to help keep basic government functioning,” says Chillemi. “This wonderful building built through the Works Progress Administration in 1939 has housed all manner of agencies that have served this community for decades.”
Festival Hall continues its mission to promote and support the arts with a virtual “art walk” available on the Festival Hall Facebook page -www.facebook.com/festivalhallga. Additional virtual content will be offered throughout this pause as well. Though typical gatherings and events are temporarily suspended, Festival Hall will continue to plan for the future when we can all gather safely and celebrate our area’s rich artistic community.
Please sign up for our e-mail list on our website www.festivalhallga.com and receive updates on happenings at the hall. Contact director, Nicole Chillemi with future booking inquiries at email@example.com or 762-243-8022.
Festival Hall is filled with vibrant art that is created by local artists throughout the community. There is so much fun art to see inside of Festival Hall!
While Festival Hall remains closed to the public, they have created a fun way for the community to enjoy the artwork that is displayed inside. Follow “Festival Hall, Greensboro GA” on Facebook and take a virtual walk through the galleries of Festival Hall, and explore original art presented by the Greensboro Art Alliance.
“We wanted to do something for the community as we remained closed,” said Nicole Chillemi, Festival Hall director. “Festival Hall is very fortunate to be able to display the wonderful works of The Greensboro Arts Alliance and we thought it would be great to share these works as a virtual offering. ”
The Greensboro Arts Alliance was started over 20 years ago by Greensboro and Greene County Artists to promote visual arts through various programs and events for our community. The Greensboro Arts Alliance offers beginning and professional artists the opportunity to exhibit at Festival Hall, BankSouth and other venues in Greensboro. GAA artists work in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, textiles, photography, etc.
Each day, the Festival Hall Facebook Page is showcasing a different piece of artwork that can be found in its galleries. The current collection contains an eclectic array of watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, photography and cross stitch.
Most of the artwork in the Festival Hall Galleries is for sale. If you are interested in a piece of artwork that is displayed on the Festival Hall Art Walk contact Nicole Chillemi, director of Festival Hall at (762) 243-8022, for more details on how the art can become part of your gallery at home.
Motown on Main – August 24th – 7PM
All tickets for this performance are general admission and are available online at www.festivalhallga.com, or at the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, 111 North Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 for $25 each. Tickets will also be available at the door. Door will open up at 6:30 PM. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because the dance floor will be open!
For those who purchased tickets online, please brings a copy of your ticket or receipt (paper or digital copy) that you receive via email. Thank you and we hope to see you there!
We are excited to offer a workshop for students finishing middle school and those in high school. The experience will involve movement, acting and music. Themes that arise during class will be explored, making this camp uniquely participant driven. The week culminates in an original performance created by those involved. To learn more about our Generative Theatre Workshop, click to read our Generative Theatre Workshop Summary.
Along with this we also have a Performance Art Camp! To find out more about this fantastic event click on our Performance Art Camp Summary.
In order to be a part of these fun and educating camps, you must fill out our Summer Camp Signup & Waiver!