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.
GA Gives Day is a statewide day of giving, on November 17, to show support for the nonprofit organizations that make our lives and our communities better. The 567 can't do what we do without donations from people like you.
What does The 567 do?
The 567 opened its doors at its 2-story space on Cherry Street in 2010. In just 6 years, The 567 has grown into a space that offers unique programming for many different segments of our community.
The heartbeat of The 567 is its art gallery, a creative space where anyone can try their hand at creating art, students and professional artists display their work, and entrepreneurs connect with each other. Other events that we've hosted in our 6 years include Macon Film Festival, the Bragg Jam music festival, Lost Keys Literary Festival, GABBA Fest (presented by the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association), and Groove Speak (a night of music & spoken word). All of these activities support the growing creative community of downtown and bring in visitors to downtown from all over Middle Georgia.
Some highlights from 2016:
-We purchased our own building on First Street, renovated it, and moved there in June.
-Our art classes brought over 500 people to downtown Macon--any many of those came to multiple classes.
-Over 40% of the people who came to our art classes live outside of Macon.
-Over 100 people came to the 2nd Annual Beer & Bluegrass event in June.
In addition to donations towards everyday operating expenses, here are a few things on our wish list:
$250 for a tablet computer for our front desk staff to process payments and play music during events
$400 for a digital camera to take better photos of our events and artwork
$800 for 50 folding chairs to host larger events
Current goals include expanding the variety of art classes being offered (especially for kids), continuing improvements to our new facility, and increasing our visibility throughout Macon.