Welcome to the Arts Center of Cannon County!
The award winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an underserved rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually commands a worldwide audience of 40,000 through its facility and over 100,000 through web sites, publications, and recording projects. Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship. Since its inception in 1980,The Arts Center has averaged over 85% earned income and has never run an operating deficit.
The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, TN
Office Hours are 10:00AM-4:00PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
Call 615-563-2787 for more information.
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History of the Arts Center of Cannon County
The Arts Center originated in 1980 as The Cannon Community Playhouse with its first productions taking place in the Woodbury Lions Club Building. Soon the group moved into its own space in the basement of the Veterans Memorial Gym. In 1989 The Playhouse joined with the Cannon County Historical and the Cannon Association of Craft Artists to begin a capital campaign to build a multi-functional arts center. The campaign was a success and ground was broken in 1990 for the 7,000 sq. ft. center. The Arts Center of Cannon County opened in March 1991 with the production of Harvey and went on to serve about 3500 people in its 1st year.
In the intervening years, the Arts Center has expanded 3 times to 18,000 sq. ft., has an award winning theatre program, 3 gallery spaces, a 400 piece folk arts collection, and a Grammy Award winning record label. The organization now serves 40,000 people per year on site and over 150,000 wold wide through attendance, web sites, and record sales.
Selected Awards and Distinctions:
2014 - First Night Nashville - Tennessee's Most Outstanding Community Theatre
2013 - Governor’s Award for the Arts- Arts Leadership- Awarded to Donald Fann, Arts Center Executive Director.
2012 - Broadwayworld.com Tennessee Theatre Awards- Best Community Theatre Company. Best Musical, Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical,Best Actor in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical Director, and Best Choreographer: Hairspray.
2011 - Broadwayworld.com Nashville Theatre Awards- Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical: 13 the Musical.
2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Stewardship- Power of Art Solar Project
2008 - Grammy Award- John Work III: Recording Black Culture
2003 Host Folklorists in the South Conference - Selected by the Southern Arts Federation to host the annual gathering of Southern Folklorists.
2003 - Old Time Release of the Year- Uncle Dave at Home CD named old-time release of the year by The Old Time Hearld
2003 - Governor’s Award for the Arts-Heritage and Folk Arts Awarded to Roy Harper, Old-Time Musician, and local artist.
2002 - NEA Folk Arts Infrastructure Pilot Program One of ten national pilot organizations selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its Local Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative.
2001 - Governor’s Award for the Arts-Heritage and Folk Arts Awarded to Thelma Hibdon and Ida Pearl Davis, Traditional White Oak Basketmakers and local artists.
1999 - Governor’s Award for the Arts- Awarded to Cannon Carriage Company, Jim and Jean Keathley local arts patrons..
1998 - Host of the Tennessee Governor’s Conference for the Arts Selected to host one of three bi-annual statewide training conferences
1996 & 1998 - 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America The only town in Tennessee selected for inclusion in The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America
1992 Governor’s Award for the Arts-Community Division Awarded to The Arts Center of Cannon County for the construction of a multi-disciplined arts facility.