What type of events are held at the Cultural Arts Center? What is it used for?
From the very first day of planning, the Winder Cultural Arts Center was designed to be utilized in various and widely varied ways.
Anchoring the center section of the top floor is the Colleen O Williams Theater. "The Colleen" is a state-of-the-art proscenium style theater, with seating for 225 guests - each with a wonderful view of the large and well lit stage. Since we opened our doors in June 2007, The Colleen has been home to plays, voice & band concerts, film previews & festivals, dance performances, poetry readings, business meetings, children's activities, college classes & conferences, weddings, awards ceremonies, employee training, and even an occasional political debate.
Out the left side doors and across the hall from the Colleen is a large and spacious Dining and Conference Room, with an attached caterer's kitchen. The Dining Room has meal seating for approximately 75 and conference seating for up to 90. The space has full sound and video projection capability and has been host to Christmas-birthday-anniversary-sweet sixteen-retirement parties, wedding receptions, Board Meetings, City Council Meetings, college classes, and training sessions of all shapes and sizes. It is however, best known for the site of intermission refreshments during plays, performances and concerts.
On the opposite side of the Colleen from the Dining Room is the Classroom. Slightly smaller than the Dining Room, the classroom provides a more intimate and less intimidating location for small group meetings, classes and quiet get-togethers. Best known for the location of our very popular Ballroom Dance classes, the classroom has also been host to auditions, rehearsals, art displays, birthday and Christmas parties, and is regularly utilized as the "Bride's Room" for in-house weddings.
Surrounding all of these spaces are wide, well-lit hallways . . . hallways that convert to the City's largest Art Gallery during our annual Barrow County Schools - Winder Cultural Arts Center Fine Arts Festival - proudly showcasing the "best & brightest" from our talented students.
If you add in the additional spaces on the Main Floor that we plan to refurbish and utilize in the future, you can clearly see that there are few things that we can't accomplish here in the Winder Cultural Arts Center.
If you have more questions about the Winder Cultural Arts Center, please give Cultural Arts Director Don Wildsmith a call at 678-425-6884.