Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Shelby County Arts Center at Old Mill Square
The Shelby County Arts Council announces the date for the groundbreaking ceremony on the new Shelby
County Arts Center at Old Mill Square in Columbiana, AL.
The ceremony will be held on May 31, 2018 at 8:30am on the grounds of the new Old Mill Square
municipal park to be located on West College Street in Columbiana, AL. The public is invited to attend
The new Shelby County Arts Center is a collaboration between Shelby County, the City of Columbiana,
and the Shelby County Arts Council. The SCAC will be the centerpiece of the new municipal complex,
occupying approximately twenty thousand square feet of the new the new thirty thousand square foot
facility. The arts center will feature the Ebsco Fine Art Gallery, a 200-seat black box theater, expanded
visual arts classrooms for drawing, painting and pottery, a metal-work foundry and expanded studios for
music lessons. In addition, a 500-seat municipal mixed-use venue will be part of the project.
Founded in 2005, by Terri Sullivan and a band of concerned citizens, the Shelby County Arts Council’s
mission is to support, nurture and promote the arts and cultural opportunities in Central Alabama. The
Shelby County Arts Council believes that the infusion of art into a community raises the value of that
community at every conceivable level.
The SCAC is currently working with corporations and foundations on legacy naming opportunities. For
more information on the new Shelby County Arts Center please contact, Bruce Andrews, Executive
WHO WE ARE
The mission of the Shelby County Arts Council is to support, nurture, and promote the arts and cultural opportunities in Shelby County, Alabama. The Arts Council enhances the quality of life for Shelby County Residents and helps to promote economic growth and tourism. We encourage you to explore the arts and expand your artistic horizons with classes and events featured here.
FIND OUT MORE
Browse the site to find out who is teaching in your community. We offer classes in painting, photography, sculpture, guitar, voice, piano and more. Our facility also presents new gallery exhibitions monthly, so check back often as we continue to expand our services.
Shelby County Arts Council is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
3-24-23 at 7:30pm the SCAC Song Theater presents, LittleJimmy Reed. Join us for a night of traditional down home blues! Jimmy will be backed by a full band featuring “Radiator Rick” and Debbie Bond.
LittleJimmy Reed, blues guitar player and singer, has been playing the blues world-wide for decades. He has toured the US, Canada, South America, and Europe sharing his classic down home blues. Leon Atkins, better known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil’ Jimmy epitomizes the classic down-home blues tradition. Born in the late nineteen-thirties in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton and sawmill town on the Mississippi River, Leon grew up near a club where every night he absorbed the wail of the blues from across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. Filling-in one night for blues star Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet Lil’ Jimmy Reed and started him on the long path to success. For the past four decades he has made the Wiregrass region of Alabama his home and continued to tour and a regular on the international blues scene.
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been performing for decades in the Alabama backwoods and is now a regular on the Southern US and European club and festival circuit. Influenced by raw juke joint blues and the famed sounds of Muscle Shoals, Debbie’s impressive story includes years of performing with traditional Alabama blues musicians, like Johnny Shines, Eddie Kirkland, Willie King, Shar Baby, LittleJimmy Reed and more. Immersion in Alabama roots music has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, giving her a contemporary and original sound, with soul, blues, and jazz influences. Debbie’s collaboration with British born keyboard and harmonica player “Radiator” Rick has added a swampy New Orleans edge to her sound. Debbie is a blues activist and founder of the award-winning Alabama Blues Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and preserving the state’s blues heritage. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from the Blues Foundation, and a prestigious “Coming Up Taller Award” for her blues education work with the Alabama Blues Project. She has been recognized by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as a “Blues Achiever” and the national Blues Hall of Fame as a “Great Blues Artist”. LittleJimmy Reed and Debbie Bond have been doing shows here over the last thirty years, doing blues in the schools programs and a double bill on her last UK tour at the Marlborough Jazz and Blues Festival. 2022 she was nominated for blues awards Independent Female Blues Artist of the Year, and Best Contemporary blues album for Blues Without Borders. In 2023 Debbie and her her band were nominated for Best International Blues Act by the UK Blues Federation.
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105 W. College St. (located at the corner of West College St. and Walton St.)
Columbiana, AL 35051
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