Rome Community HeART Project
The Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) and Redmond Regional Medical Center will be teaming up once again for the 3rd annual Rome Community HeART Project. During the month of February, downtown Rome will be exhibiting larger-than-life “HeARTs” in celebration of National Heart Month. Every year the HeART project has grown and this coming year is no exception. We are bringing back 15 impressive concrete HeARTs and adding 5 large concrete HeART garlands --- for a total of 20 different opportunities for local artists and arts-related groups to showcase their talent throughout Downtown Rome. This month-long public art experience will celebrate the local artists and organizations that bring creativity to our city while also raising heart health awareness. Beginning February 1, 2016, take a stroll downtown and enjoy the art! Take pictures and use the hashtag #HeART2016. You can also vote for your favorite to receive the People's Choice Award through RACA's Facebook page.
Fire Fly Fling
On Friday, April 22, 2016, at 7:00 pm, RACA will celebrate it's 40th year! The 5th Annual Fire Fly Fling will be presented by the Rome Area Council for the Arts in partnership with the Rome Main Street Program to ignite the creative culture of the 5th Avenue River District. The event will be held on the 5th Avenue Bridge overlooking the Oostanaula River and highlighting the urban improvement district along 5th Avenue. The upscale, festival-like event will be held on Earth Day and will tie into the conservationist theme of focusing on the re-using and re-cycling of existing buildings and infrastructure downtown to create a vibrant arts district. Our vision for the 5th Avenue River District is one that is bright with creativity, a thriving arts scene, fresh vegetation, and a continuing focus on preserving Rome's historic architecture, Rome's trail and levy system, and Rome's majestic rivers. We will announce the recipient of the 5th Annual R.A.C.A. (Rome Arts Champion Award). Join us for a fun evening of food, music and art! More details to come.
Congressional Art Competition
Congressman Tom Graves in partnership with the Rome Area Council for the Arts & Heritage First Bank proudly present the 35th Annual 14th District of Georgia Congressional Art Competition. The well-renowned competition is open to all high school students in the 14th District of Georgia. Art must be original, two-dimensional, and no larger than 28" x 28" x 4". Additional information for entry requirements can be obtained from the offices of Congressman Tom Graves. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, March 4, 2016. Save-the-date for a community art exhibit at Heritage First Bank from March 14th to April 11th and a reception with Congressman Tom Graves on Monday, April 11, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Visit http://tomgraves.house.gov/district/congressional-art-competition.htm for more information!
Ellen Axson Wilson Downtown Art Walk
The 2016 Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk, presented by the Rome Area Council for the Arts & Downtown Development Authority, will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Town Green in Downtown Rome. Come for Art Walk anytime from 12:00 to 6:00 pm and stay for the Spring Downtown Block Party! Art Walk hosts artists, photographers, jewelers, potters and other crafts makers. Artists will exhibit and sell their work, and many will demonstrate their techniques in painting, pottery, crafts and other areas. There will be live musical entertainment and activities for children. Join us for a fun afternoon and shop for original handmade gifts in Downtown Rome! Applications will be accepted from interested artists. The Artist Application and event information can be found here. If you own a business downtown and are interested in sponsoring an artist, the sponsor form is located here.
Rome Beer Festival
The Rome Beer Fest is an annual celebration of the art of beer and a fundraiser for the Rome Area Council for the Arts. Since it's inception in 2008, the beer fest has brought thousands of people to Heritage Park in Rome to sample hundreds of beers, see local bands perform, eat great food, and enjoy each other's company.
Stay tuned for more information about the 9th Annual Rome Beer Festival in September 2016!