Meta Shaw Coleman

Children’s Imagination Station

Fall 2023

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts presents the Meta Shaw Coleman Children’s Imagination Station. This new expansion, made official in March 2021 through a donation from Dan and Carolyn Coleman, allows the Center to continue its mission as the regional hub for arts education, cultural enrichment and entertainment and will provide for its continued growth.

The Meta Shaw Coleman Children’s Imagination Station is named after Dan Coleman’s late mother. Meta Shaw Coleman was beloved by many who remember her as an early childhood educator who founded and operated a nursery school, taught at Valdosta City Schools, Valwood School and Wiregrass Technical College, and served many local organizations and boards to advance the quality of education and life in our community.

“Carolyn and I are honored that this new facility will bear the name of my mother,” said Dan Coleman. “Her life mission was caring for her children and the children of this community. This Children’s Imagination Station will continue the mission of my mother and is certainly an honor of which she would have been proud to be a part.”

The Meta Shaw Coleman Children’s Imagination Station is expected to open by Spring 2024 and will house a variety of art and STEAM activities for youth to engage for educational and creativity purposes.