The mission of the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission (LVAC) is to promote and celebrate the arts by serving as a regional center for cultural enrichment, education and entertainment.
The earliest organized support for the arts in Valdosta began in 1903 with the City Opera House, the previous occupant of the site of the Lee Street Baptist Church. In the 1920’s a group known as “The Videttes” met at city hall, then located at Hill Ave. and Ashley St. The group grew in size and influence through the years, becoming known as “Arts, Inc.” and meeting in various churches, schools and homes with the goal of promoting the arts in the region.
The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission was chartered in 1962 as an outgrowth of Arts, Inc. It was reorganized in 1978 as a private non-profit corporation. Following a successful campaign in 1993, LVAC purchased and renovated the former first State Bank and Trust building. Former Georgia Senator Loyce Turner gave a significant gift to the Center to be named in memory of his late wife, Annette Howell Turner. The new Center was completed in April 2003 and houses six galleries in 17,000 square feet of space. In addition, the Center houses two classrooms, a meeting room, a gift shop showcasing local and regional artists’ works and a state-of-the-art kitchen for culinary classes. The Center has become an integral gathering place for social, business and nonprofit functions.