Aiken Center for the Arts. Art is for Everyone! Founded in 1972 by artists Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds, Rose Hill Arts Center became a place for aspiring artists to create, to teach and learn. Today, the Aiken Center for the Arts offers a multitude of outreach and awareness programs including opportunities for children and adults, juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction and a variety of concert events such as music, dance, film and other performing arts. In addition, there is also a Gallery Store where local artisans offer their original works for sale. Year-round exhibits feature artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local and regional talent of the South. The mission of Aiken Center for the Arts is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages. Visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.

Artsy Me. A ceramic and art studio that allows you to be the artist. No appointments needed for ceramic painting or glass fusion. You can come in anytime and paint pottery or plan a party. Birthday parties, women’s events, scouts, troupes, parents night out and more. Visit cricket.artsyme@gmail.com.

Art Nook School and Studio. Ages: 5 to Teens. Visit, www.artnookaiken.com.

Art and Soul Painting Parties & Classes. No experience is needed. Visit, artandsoulpainting.wixsite.com. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”- Pablo Picasso.  Visit, www. artandsoulpainting.wixsite.com.

Augusta Ballet School has a new name! It’s Colton Ballet School. The moment you enter the doors, you’ll feel the difference. This is no ordinary ballet. With highly trained professionals and specialty built floors, Colton Ballet strives for excellence. Visit, www.coltonballetschool.com.

Augusta Jewish Community Center, When you step into the AJCC, you’ll find a center filled with remarkable people, dedicated volunteers and a wide-array of year-round programs, activities and special events. At the AJCC, they are committed to enriching the lives of members and the community.

898 Weinberger Way, Evans (Off Fury’s Ferry Rd. between Hardy McManus Rd. and N. Belair Rd.) Visit, www.augustajcc.org.

Augusta Players.  Celebrating 73 spectacular seasons. One of the largest theatre companies in the area exclusively committed to producing Broadway musicials.  Visit, www.augustaplayers.org.

Augusta University Conservatory Program. Welcome to the Music Conservatory at Augusta University, a music school for the community. The Music Conservatory offers private lessons for most instruments and voice types, various large and small ensembles for children and adults and summer music camps. Teachers include faculty members of the Augusta University Music Department as well other highly qualified local professional musicians. Feel free to contact consprog@augusta.edu or call 706-731-7971. Visit, www.augusta.edu.com.

Augusta West Dance.  Premiere dance studio with over 30 years in the area. Truly a household name that keeps getting better. Visit, www.augustawestdance.com.

Boys and Girls Club. CSRA’s Summer Camp program offers kids an exciting and fun-filled place to learn and grow. Eight-week camp features weekly learning themes, various areas of activity including computer learning, academic enrichment, games, fitness, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips. Visit www. augustawestdance.com for latest information.

Columbia County Ballet. Formed in 1985 to bring something new in dance as a performing art to the children in the area. Today, CCB dance studios are located on a beautiful, sprawling acre and a half in the Martinez, Evans area where students celebrate the art of dance through the beauty of the ballet. Visit, www.columbiacountyballet.com..

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Gertrude Hebert Institute of Art is housed in historic Ware’s Folly (c. 1818) and the Walker-Mackenzie Studio (c. 1909). Ware’s Folly, also known as the Ware-Sibley-Clark House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grand structure features Adamesque-style detailing on the interior and exterior, a floating spiral staircase and intricately detailed fanlights, mouldings, fireplaces and window and door surrounds. The home is considered one of the finest examples of Federal Style architecture in the area. Visit, www.ghia.org.

James Brown Academy of Music Pupils. J.A.M.P. is a musical, instrumental, initiative and year-round hub designed for youth to discover their musical ability to “Staying on the Good Foot.” Founder Deanna Brown-Thomas, daughter of the Late “Godfather of Soul,” collaborated with various educational consultants and music educators across the country to form this awesome melodic, educational academy. Headquartered in Augusta, Georgia— the stomping grounds to the Late James Brown, the hardest-working man in the business— J.A.M.P! is a non-profit musical village that operates solely on small grants, donations and tuition. J.A.M.P!’s intentions are to motivate, educate and inspire children through the universal language of music and enrich their hidden musical abilities. For more info call 803-640-2090 or email at info@jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org. Visit, www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org.

Jessye Norman School of Arts. The Mission of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts is to develop students to become creative, caring, visionary, responsible citizens through the transformative power of the arts.  The broad-ranged fine arts program challenges students academically, integrates technology and lays the foundation for extraordinary life experiences. Offers free fine arts instruction, academic tutoring, an opportunity for advanced level study in dance, drama, music, art and creative writing, exposure to professionals working within the arts fields, information on possible careers in the arts, knowledge of technical aspects of presentation and performance. This program is supported in part by the Greater Augusta Arts Council through appropriations from the City of Augusta, by the Georgia Council for the Arts, by a number of generous foundations, and by your contributions. Visit, www.jessyenormanschool.org

Musical Theatre Workshop. The Musical Theatre Workshops acting studio, offers drama classes for actors from five to 19 years old, as well as tap and theatrical dance classes. All actors are cast and perform in a full scale musical production toward the end of the school year. Professional instructors work with the actors weekly in many theatrical techniques, improv, monologues, cold reading, choreography and ensemble singing.Visit, www.onwiththeshow.biz.

My Best Friend’s Sewing Room. It all started with a prayer…for new friends to share the love of sewing. The owner began to host sewing events at home, but space was limited and then noticed a “For Rent” sign in a shop window and voila, My Best Friend’s Sewing Room was born. They recognize the need to teach little fingers to sew, not only as a craft but as a life skill. They want to inspire children to sew in a caring atmosphere, building confidence and nurturing the spirit. They strive to make sewing parties and classes safe, yet fun and hope to plant seeds for future sewists. Sewing parties include a “safety session” as the kids are introduced to the machines before beginning a project. These parties are a great venue for birthdays, homeschool classes, Girl Scout sewing badges or any of life’s celebrations. Sewing classes and camps are also offered, as well as private lessons. And ladies, if you are in need of a Girls Night Out, treat yourselves and book your “Sip and Sew” party with us Visit, www.mybestfriendssewingroom.com

The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Camp Kroc is an ACA accredited day camp program in which children can play and grow in a safe and positive environment. Campers enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, group games, sports, Bible lessons and other fun activities. Camp Kroc offers a well-rounded experience for kids to enjoy everything the Kroc has to offer. Hot and healthy meals, swimming, crafts, games and much more. Visit www.augustakroc.org.

Very Vera. Vera Stewart, a Southern cooking show host, entrepreneur, caterer, mail order aficionado and mentor. Throughout all eras of her career, Vera has found her true passion in mentoring young people. As an homage to those who helped shape the person she is, Vera takes pride in seeing her employees flourish under her guidance. In recent years, this has manifested in an emerging internship program at VeryVera that has a 100% hire rate for interns. Since 1997, Vera has also given college scholarships to high school students on her staff that exhibit a strong work ethic and determination.

The Cottage, 2708 Wheeler Rd. Call 706-294-3492 or visit, www.veryvera.com.

This article appears in the June/July 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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