About The Plaza Arts Center
The Plaza Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to bring artistic and cultural opportunities to the residents of the Lake Oconee area. Its parent organization is the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation.
The Center has become a major cultural mainstay of the lake area communities by offering an outstanding level of talent and entertainment and serving as a central gathering place for local artisans, social and civic groups.
Our mission is to promote interest and participation in the visual, performing and literary arts by providing programs and facilities for community and regional involvement, education and enjoyment.
The Eatonton School, located on historic North Madison Avenue, was built in 1916 and was used continuously as an education facility until 2001. The Putnam Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 1998 adopted the school as a renovation project. From that point, Tom Rosseter and three major committees provided the necessary leadership to move through all the planning, fundraising, and construction process necessary to complete the renovation.
Ten years later, The Plaza Arts Center, as the building was named, opened for public use in March 2008. View the 2008 documentary, The Plaza Arts Center, for an overview of the restoration process.
Since opening over 45,000 people a year have entered and enjoyed many public and private programs, events, educational opportunities and civic meetings held at The Plaza Arts Center. From inspired idea to a functional and beautiful facility, The Plaza Arts Center now serves as a crown jewel of the Eatonton Historic District, and as an important, inviting and comfortable community gathering place for a myriad of activities.