Join our Constellation!
From its very beginning more than 50 years ago, East Alabama Arts has been guided by a universal vision that our community wants and deserves a variety of quality arts events, educational activities, and venues that are second to none and affordable for all. The Arts Association over the decades has been at the center at every community cultural milestone, including development of the Opelika Library and Arts Center; the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts; the Historic Opelika Depot; and now the Southside Center for the Arts. Our acclaimed, star-studded Performance Series shines on a planet of subscribers and business partners; and our satellite arts education outreach programs include Auburn, Opelika, and Lee County school systems, and Auburn University. Enlightened citizens across East Alabama understand the positive impact of the arts on our quality of life and are committed to providing the ongoing resources needed to sustain best-of-the-best opportunities normally available only in larger metropolitan areas. Please consider adding your star to our constellation! Your generous support will illuminate all of East Alabama with the power of the arts and brighten this special place where we live, work, and rear our families.
Travel through our Universe!
The Adventure Series provides the opportunity for students to attend performances at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts by major children’s theater companies from throughout the country; and arts education and community residencies for area schools, private studios, and Auburn University music and theater departments.
John F. Kennedy Center Partners in Education hosts curriculum-based arts education professional development workshops for teachers in partnership with The Kennedy Center, East Alabama Arts, and Opelika City Schools.
College Scholarships Graduating high school seniors in Lee County continuing study in the arts during their college years apply and audition for the Earl Peacock, Spann-Freeman, Carrie Samford Giles, and Tom Woodward scholarships of $1000 each.
Visual Arts Exhibits Gallery space at the Southside Center for the Arts showcases the work of area students, local and nationally renowned artists, and selections from the Arts Association’s permanent collection.
Food for Thought: Lecture Series Noted authors, artists, performers, and civic leaders address topical cultural and social issues, and lead discussions that stimulate engagement throughout the community.
The Civic Chorale Singers of any age and ability are welcomed to rehearse and perform a broad variety of choral repertoire.
East Alabama Arts Community Band Dust off that instrument in the back of your closet and join a large and enthusiastic band ensemble in rehearsing and performing in venues throughout the area.
The Performance Series presents the world on stage at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts with national-tour Broadway productions; leading stars of jazz, opera, bluegrass, and musical theater; a roster of international symphony orchestras and soloists; and performances by leading contemporary dance companies from throughout the country.
Envision Opelika is the area’s premier vision-casting organization and partners with the Arts Association in the restoration and development of the Southside Center for the Arts as a creative civic forum for the intersection of ideas and engagement.
Opelika Grows oversees the development of the Community Garden, the weekly Farmers Market, the Greenhouse project and student internships in partnership with the Arts Association, Opelika City Schools Learning Center, and Auburn University to address community food insecurity and garden-to-table nutrition opportunities.