Featured image: Toni Ardizzone, Artist | Black Bear

Thomasville Center for the Arts takes art in the open in order to empower artists and transform our community – it is installed or staged in public spaces, and drives economic development.  Art in the Open brings our community tribes together, elevates their talent and generates a sense of excitement in our downtown.

Art in the Open is presented in three ways: 
During Fall Wildlife Arts Festival (WAF) – a community-driven contemporary twist on the wildlife sporting culture,  during Spring FLAUNT – a month-long exhibition of public art tribes in the historic downtown Creative District, and special projects – using a public art installation to appeal to an unconventional or unique audience, held in “other” spaces.

“What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means. Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are”. – Association for Public Art