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 and event space. In just 5 years, The 567 has grown into a diverse space that offers unique programming for many different segments of our community.
The art gallery gives the people of Macon an opprtunity to engage with up-and-coming artists both within and outside Middle Georgia. It also gives local students a chance to display their work through its annual Bibb County Schools exhibit, Middle Georgia State University student exhibit, and others. Weekly art classes and workshops give adults and kids a chance to explore their artistic side with a variety of mediums. The business incubator helps new and existing small business find connections and resources to succeed. 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 Groove Speak, Lost Keys Literary Festival, the Chameleon Village Theatre Company, Lunch Beat Macon, and One City Art Festival. Groove Speak is an event that promotes the art of spoken word in our community by featuring both local and nationally-touring artists. Lost Keys Literary Festival just presented their inaugural festival at The 567 in October. The 567 provided space for the Chameleon Village Theatre Company to rehearse and perform their inaugural play this year. Lunch Beat Macon was a monthly lunchtime dance party that brought 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 other local festivals have depended 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.