The 567 Center for Renewal dreams of a vibrant downtown Macon filled with successful businesses and creative professionals, a downtown filled with the arts and enjoyed by people of all ages from all places.
The 567 opened its doors at a newly-renovated, 2-story space on Cherry Street in the heart of downtown Macon in 2010. The center includes an art gallery, classrooms, business incubator, event space, and all-ages music venue. In just 4 years, The 567 has brought over 200 bands, 42 art exhibits, and 15 businesses to downtown.
The art gallery exposes the people of Macon to up-and-coming artists both within and outside of Middle Georgia. It also gives Middle Georgia State College and Bibb County Public Schools students a chance to display their work through its annual student exhibits. Weekly art classes and workshops give adults and kids a chance to explore their artistic side. The business incubator helps new businesses get started downtown by offering low-cost space and amenities, as well as providing advice and support to the business owners. The music venue brings exciting bands downtown. All of these activities support the growing creative community of downtown and bring in visitors to downtown from all over Middle Georgia.
Other projects that The 567 has partnered with in the past few years include Community Supported Art, Groove Speak, Lunch Beat Macon, and One City Art Festival. For Community Supported Art, The 567 partnered with Macon Arts Alliance to connect artists with consumers by assembling and selling a sort of "sample pack" of local art. Groove Speak was an event that promoted the art of spoken word in our community by featuring both local and nationally-touring artists. Lunch Beat Macon is a monthly lunchtime dance party that brings the community together to cut loose. The 567 partnered with 7 other art organizations to present One City Art Festival, a city-wide celebration of the visual arts, by providing programming, event space, and administrative support. And if that wasn't enough, many local festivals depend on our facilities for their events, including Macon Film Festival, Bragg Jam, and GABBA Fest.
Current goals include increasing the number of businesses being served by the business incubator, expanding the variety of art classes being offered, developing innovative new events and programs, and increasing our visibility throughout Macon.