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Welcome to the website of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, the jewel of Valdosta/Lowndes County, Georgia. The Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission, Inc. (LVAC) Board of Directors and I invite you to stay connected to the creative and cultural activities hub for our region.
We’re so proud that through great teamwork, unwavering resolve and involvement with the Ga Center for Nonprofits’ Momentum for the Arts program, we are diligently working through a five-year Strategic Plan to take us through 2020. Lauded by GCN and the Georgia Council for the Arts, we are committed to the successful results of our efforts.
A bit of history … Those of us who have been fans and supporters of the LVAC for longer than a decade remember well the cramped quarters where the arts commission was housed prior to 2003. The LVAC Board and staff did some pretty amazing things in the “old turpentine building,” located near VSU just a few blocks north of our current location. However, the need for more exhibition space, classroom space, office space, performance space, storage space – more space – had long been apparent and developed into a pressing issue.
When it became known that First State Bank intended to vacate its building at 527 North Patterson Street, the LVAC Board, chaired at the time by Patti Girardin, leapt into action. Help was obtained from various sources, including First State Bank Director and Georgia Senator Dr. Loyce Turner and his family.
“With a generous donation from the Turner Family, we were able to get the ball rolling and approach others to join in the effort. Without Loyce Turner’s willingness to help us with that original contribution, I’m not sure we could have gotten the project off of the ground.” – Patti Girardin
Funding from the Turner’s, State of Georgia, City of Valdosta and Lowndes County, numerous grants, a multitude of companies and individuals, and a loan from First State Bank made the dream a reality.
The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts was born. Fifteen years later, we continue doing what we do best: celebrating and promoting the arts in our community. That is our proclaimed mission, and we love the fact that YOU help us accomplish it.
Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
527 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31601