BUGOUT | Festival Lineup

BUGOUT | Festival Lineup


Nothing bugs us in historic Thomasville, Georgia — and we’ve got the guts to prove it.

Thomasville Center for the Arts has invited a colony of creatives to invade the nooks and crannies in The Bottom | Creative District with spectacular works of art to widen your view of the winged and wonderful bug’s world.

It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss!

  • Chalk Art Competition Artists of all levels swarm The Ritz for the chance to be crowned King or Queen Bee
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 am – 2 pm
    To be part of the Chalk Art Competition, buzz over HERE
  • Live Chalk Art Experience
    Professional artists zap the pavement with vibrant hues
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 8 am – 8pm
  • BUGOUT Exhibition Opening and Artist Awards
    Be a fly on the wall to experience the fantastical collections of artists Bob Sober + Winston Cornish
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 6 – 7:30 pm
  • First Friday Family Fun
    Pick up a BUGOUT Scavenger Hunt to search through our exhibit spaces + create a piece of public art
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 6 – 8pm
  • City of Thomasville’s First Friday Sip & Stroll Concert
    Featuring the soulful sounds of the Honey Hounds
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 – 10 pm
  • Flutter-by Public Art Project
    Muralist Ron Thomson proves it truly is a bug’s life with this larger-than-life experience
    UnVacant Lot  | Sep 6 – 27 | Open Daily

          To bee a sponsor, buzz over HERE

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Bringing our Zoomers Back

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The challenge for rural Georgia will be figuring out how to bring Generation Z, our “zoomers,” back home, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Carter told Thomasville this week. 

At TCA, we are building programs to connect this young talent to our Creative Economy. This summer, high schoolers from across the community came together to creatively solve challenges in four local businesses through the iLead Summer Intensive. 

Anna Vick, whose solution is featured above, helped SouthLife Supply Co. developed a new concept for their travel line. Owner Heather Abbott was so impressed, she hired Anna on the spot. 

Connect with us to share your ideas about how we can better connect creatives, young and old. 

Blended with AIGA

Blended with AIGA

 Jan. 16 – Apr. 3 
Opening Reception with Artist Talk | Jan. 16th | 10 – 11 a.m.
Grassroots Coffee

With more than 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members, AIGA advances design as a professional craft and vital cultural force. Each piece in this exhibit showcases the talent of Tallahassee’s creative thinkers. These works are informed by the unique aesthetic, ideas and character of each member in this talented chapter. 

Blended with BAET Collective

Blended with BAET Collective

April 9th– July 10th
Opening Reception with Artist Talk | April 9th | 10 – 11 a.m.
Grassroots Coffee

BAET Collective consists of three members: Alex Koenig, Peter Koenig, and Michelle Medrano. They specialize in large scale street murals as well as graphic design, 2-D, and 3-D work. Freedom of expression is the key to their artwork. Babble is their opportunity to be candid, foolish, serious, vulnerable, repetitive, free, and ultimately incomprehensible.

Blended with Kevin Curry

Blended with Kevin Curry

Oct. 17th– Jan. 9th
Opening Reception with Artist Talk  | Oct. 17th | 10 – 11 a.m.
Grassroots Coffee

This series examines the implied permanence of language. Constructed from reclaimed signage culled from roadways, alleys, and dumpsters, these pieces reformulate defunct text and visuals previously dedicated to information and persuasion.