Athens Area Council for the Arts
The Arts Center is located a 320 North White Street in Athens, Tennessee. The building is two blocks from the historic downtown square and was originally the home of Harrod’s Thrift Market and Bakery for over 50 years. The Athens Area Council for the Arts purchased and renovated the building in 2004. Click here for directions.
This 200 seat black box theater is dedicated to the memory of the early Arts Council organizer and supporter, Sue E. Trotter. It is a state of the art theater space which has so far been used for performances by local and touring artists, community theater shows, dances, parties, wedding receptions, fashion shows, theater classes, and more.
The Arts Center features two galleries available for rotating exhibits. You may see everything from local student art to traveling exhibitions curated by professionals in their field. Exhibition art is often offered for sale as well.
The Arts Center uses all of its programming and exhibit space as settings for a variety of art classes, including watercolor, drawing, pottery, scrapbooking, jewelry making, theater, and more – for all ages.
The Arts Center offers the only local retail space dedicated to the sale of local and regional arts and crafts. Artists who are approved for participation offer their work for sale on consignment with a percentage of sales going to The Arts Center. The display rotates frequently and features pottery, casual and fine jewelry, metal sculpture, fused and painted glass, fiber, woodworking, photography, original art and prints, handspun yarns, note cards, soaps, scarves, clocks – to name a few of the many offerings. The Art Market also has an assortment of kids’ art activity kits and gifts.