March Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Moved

The March Historic Preservation Commission Meeting has been moved from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:30pm. 

The meeting will take place in the First Floor Courtroom of the Public Safety Building behind City Hall – 115 West Center Street. 

Contact Hayley Beaver in the Planning Department for further questions at 770-830-2000

Quilt Expo and Exhibits

The Carrollton Center for the Arts and the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum are joining forces this week to showcase the art of quilting, beginning February 21. The quilt museum’s Imagine 2020: A Quilting Expo, February 21 and 22, will feature exhibits, vendors, workshops, speakers and demonstrations for quilters at the Center for the Arts and at the museum.

In conjunction with the expo, the center will host a public reception starting at 5:00 p.m. to mark the opening of JAM Session, an invitational exhibit in the Roush Gallery of works by the members of the Georgia/South Carolina region of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

“These quilts show the potential of the medium to express complex ideas and realistic imagery, which can be difficult to do with sewn fabric,” said Carrollton Visual Arts Coordinator Marcella Kuykendall. “The four artists approach their pieces in a unique fashion, allowing visitors to see several techniques and viewpoints within one exhibit.“

In conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates, the quilt museum will host a show in their gallery called A Thread Runs Through It through the end of April.

“I would say that these exhibits are not your grandmother’s quilts,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton’s arts superintendent. “The quilts do not include repetition in design and therefore might lead the viewer to think they are paintings.”

As an expo extra, the Carrollton Presbyterian Church will host A Congregation of Quilts, a free exhibition by the West Georgia Quilt Guild, from 9am-4pm, also on February 21.

Maple Street Beautification Grant

With help from a Carrollton Maple Street Corridor Beautification Grant, White Oak Pediatric Dentistry recently completed a renovation of their building at 709 Maple Street.

“The grant helped us go the extra mile with the aesthetics of our building by providing financial help with paint and windows,” said Dr. Ben Popple. “This also allowed us to allocate funds toward other areas of the building like landscaping, parking lot repairs and other small projects. The city really worked with us to make sure the process went smoothly.”

In December, 2019, the Carrollton Corridor Development and Beautification Grant Sub-Committee voted to approve the $10,000 grant for exterior paint and storefront windows at Popple’s building. The Maple Street Corridor Beautification Program looks to stimulate development and improve the visual image of properties within the Maple Street corridor. Applicants must match the funding, 50/50.

Popple said he had been looking for an opportunity to open an office in Carrollton for three years. The beautification grant and the city’s focus on corridor development helped him make the final decision to open White Oak here.

“The grant makes it easier for business owners to make positive changes to their businesses sooner than they might be able to otherwise.” said Popple. “Maple Street is an important connector between two of Carrollton’s strongest areas, the University and downtown. The grant definitely attracted us to Maple Street and helped us see past some of the issues our building had knowing we could use the grant to help correct them.”

For questions about Maple Street Corridor Beautification Grants, please call Erica Studdard at (770) 830-2000. Photo by Jonathan Dockery.

Mayor and Council February Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  

The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss rezoning, 2020 Census, ordinance changes, bids, bonds and road abandonment. The only voting item will be the Savannah Housing Authority Bond. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov within 3 business days prior to the work session.

School Break Arts Camps

As students take a break from school this month and again in April, Carrollton Center for the Arts’ camps offer several opportunities for them to stay creative and have fun outside of the traditional classroom environment. While most of the center’s regular classes and programs will not meet during the weeks of February 17 and April 6, young people can learn about pastry, robotics and the technical side of the arts, working with clay and theatre production — from a murder mystery to the Land of Oz.

Pastry Chef Camp
This kids-only cooking camp, taught by LaToya Gamble, will teach pastry, baking skills and confectionery techniques. Each day of camp will focus on a specific dessert finale.
Winter Camp: Feb. 17 – 19, 9am –12pm, Ages: 6 – 7
Spring Camp: April 6 – 10, 9am –12pm, Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

ARTS + TECH Bootcamp
The Center for the Arts and the Neva Lomason Public Library team up to explore how technology like robots, video production tools and even Legos can open up new ways for students to express themselves.
Feb 17 – 19, 9:30am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Free

Creative Clay Camp
Instructor Melanie Drew will teach hand-building skills, from preparing the clay to slab building, coiling and the wheel, before the works are glazed and fired.
April 6– 10, 12pm – 3pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Wizard of Oz Camp
Campers will learn dances, songs, lines and blocking, create simple costumes and sets and take part in theatre exercises to build confidence and improve overall performance. The class will present a 30-minute production of scenes from The Wizard of Oz. Tammy Barton is the camp’s instructor.
April 6– 10, 1am – 4pm
Ages: 5 – 7
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Murder Mystery Theatre Camp
Instructor Jenny Lyle’s camp will explore the murder-mystery genre while students hone their acting and performance skills. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a theatre performance with guests investigating the crime. The evening event starts at 6pm.
April 6– 10, 9am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Register for these camps now online here, by phone at (770) 838-1083 or at the Center for the Arts’ box office at 251 Alabama Street.