Arts, Music and Culture

gallery-showEmanuel Arts Council

The Emanuel Arts Council (EAC) has been a cornerstone for the arts in Emanuel County for over thirty years. With a mission “to promote and sponsor cultural programs in all areas of the fine arts for general community betterment”, the EAC offers a full range of opportunities for artists and the community to become active in the emerging art scene in Swainsboro. The EAC hosts monthly exhibitions at the Kalmanson Gallery, quarterly theatrical performances, summer camps and lectures, festivals, and musical ventures like Emanu’Ole Opry for art audiences to enjoy! The EAC also offers studio space for artists and is the umbrella organization for the Emanuel Artist’s Guild. Run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a part-time Executive Director, the EAC is always looking for ways to improve access to the Arts in Emanuel County. You can visit the Emanuel Arts Center at the corner of Green and Church Streets on weekdays from 10am-2pm or call 478-237-2592. Learn more about the arts in our community CLICK HERE

East Georgia College Gallery

East Georgia College (EGC) hosts monthly exhibitions by local and regional talent at their gallery on campus in the New Student Services Building. Curated by EGC art professor Desmal Purcell the gallery aims to educate students and the community about art as well as exhibit new and recent works by talent from across the state. The East Georgia Art Gallery often features monthly artist talks that allow students and community members to discuss media, artist’s intent, and personal vision with the visiting artist. For more information on exhibitions at the EGC Gallery contact (478) 289-2154.


Concerts and Open Mic Night

Swainsboro is home to a very exciting emerging music scene. Professional musicians from all over the United States perform during Art Strolls, featuring a diverse selection of musicians including Afromotive of North Carolina, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tony Arata of Tennessee, and regional musician Erin Williams of Georgia. Local talent attend the Emanuel Arts Council’s Open Mic Night held at the Main Street Market at the Boneyard on the first and third Mondays of each month. Local musicians and poets perform to packed audiences interested in listening to the newest works by up and coming Emanuel County performers.


The Emanuel Arts Council, Inc. hosts quarterly performances by local and regional theatre groups. Performances are typically held at the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Auditorium and have included Oklahoma, Fannie Flagg’s All The Way From Magnolia Springs, The Nerd, and Steel Magnolias. If you are interested in learning more about Swainsboro’s exciting schedule of theatrical events contact the Emanuel Arts Council at (478) 237- 2592.


The talent emerging in Swainsboro’s dance scene has been highlighted across the Southeast in competitions and at home with performances at events like the Arts Emanuel Festival. Four studios in Swainsboro are fostering the professional aspirations of our local dancers: Southern Dance Connection (478) 237-3026, Stephanie’s Dance Explosion (478) 237-2765, STEPS (478) 237-3330, and All Star Dance Academy (478) 237-8192.

Vision Series

The East Georgia College Vision Series is a privately-funded initiative that brings programs of cultural and intellectual enrichment to East Georgia College and its broader constituency, the presentation is free and open to the public. The EGC Vision Series has featured: Internationally known writer and poet Dr. Maya Angelou; President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter; Nano-technology Specialist Dr. James Meindl; UGA History Professor and writer Dr. James Cobb; Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Georgia Pacific Corporation Pete Correll; Manhattan Piano Trio; Author and Commentator Bruce Feiler; Television and Movie Set Designer and EGC Alumnus Tim Earls; Author, Terry Kay; Lindsay Thomas; Ambassador Andrew Young; Jonathan Schwabe; Dr. Lee Berger; Atlanta Pops Orchestra; Off-Broadway Plays and Musicals; Cornelia Walker Bailey; Rich Karlgaard; Clyde Edgerton; Ted Spivey; the late Joseph D. Greene; Cokie Roberts; James McBride; and the Reinhardt College Choir to mention a few. All free and open to our service area. For more info call (478) 289-2108 or visit CLICK HERE and explore campus events.