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Sementha Mathews

Folsom Honored for Exceptional Role as LVAC Board President

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Tina Folsom (center) was honored on May 20, 2024 at a Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission, Inc. board meeting for her two-year term as president. Incoming LVAC Board President Jane Burgsteiner (left) and Turner Center Executive Director Sementha Mathews (right) awarded Folsom an original glass blown art piece for her exceptional leadership role. For more information about the LVAC or the Turner Center, visit turnercenter.org.

Valdosta City Center Arts District Features Art Walk 

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A new partnership between Valdosta Main Street and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is drawing attention to the Valdosta City Center Arts District and providing year-round opportunities for Valdosta residents to engage the District. Funded by a More Than Murals grant through the Georgia Council for the Arts, the partnership promotes strong connections between artists, arts organizations, downtown businesses, and the public. 

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Turner Center Offers Digital Arts, Technology, Animation, and Media Classes for Area Middle and High School Students

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will launch a Digital Arts, Technology, Animation and Media (DATAM) program for area middle and high school students. Funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a matching grant from the Loyce & Annette Turner Foundation, Inc., the new program seeks to expose students to technical arts and potential career fields.  

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Turner Center Launches Levitt AMP Valdosta Music Series with $90K Matching Grant

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10 Weekly Outdoor Concerts, Free to the Community, Aug. 17-Oct. 26

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will launch the Levitt AMP Valdosta Music Series on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 7-9 p.m., in the Turner Center Art Park. The Aug. 17 concert will kick off several weeks of outdoor music events, free for the community, as a result of a $90,000 matching grant the Turner Center received from the Levitt Foundation in November 2022. The grant is matched by the Price-Campbell Foundation for the 2023 season.

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Turner Center for the Arts Presents 2023 Songwriter Showcase

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The 2023 Turner Center Songwriter Showcase takes place Tues., May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. inside the Turner Center galleries, located at 527 N. Patterson Street.

This one-night only event features six talented, outstanding local songwriters, who will perform their original music to a captive audience and share the stories behind their songs. Performers for the Showcase are 2RiverStation (Jolyn Smith and Kerri Kent), Rocky Duckworth, Joe Smothers, Chip Tanner and Elijah Williams (Naturally Southern). Sound will be provided by Brant Pickard of Live Sound Consulting.

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Turner Center Continues Making Music in the Art Park

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts presents the Lloyd Carter Band on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 7-9 p.m., in the Turner Center Art Park, located at 605 N. Patterson Street. The concert is sponsored by Greater Valdosta United Way and is free to the public.

Community members are invited to bring their blankets or lawn chairs to this family and pet-friendly event, and relax in the park while enjoying the music. King of R&B and The Southern Cellar will be the on-site food and beverage vendors for this event. Read More

South Georgia Entertainers Help Create Networks and Industry Growth

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The South Georgia Entertainers will meet on Tuesday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m., at the Turner Center for the Arts located at 527 N. Patterson Street. SGE is led by local musicians Lloyd Carter (Lloyd Carter Band) and Aaron Strickland (Naturally Southern) and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, unless otherwise noted. The group brings musicians of all ages and experience levels together to discuss key industry issues, regional opportunities available, and ways to support one another. Read More