Christmas in the center gets praise everywhere – The Troy Messenger – Archyde

The JCA’s Christmas at the Center Committee met Thursday at the Arts Center for lunch and to review the annual December 2nd holiday event.

And it was summed up in just one word: “Fun!”

“’Christmas at the Center was fun this year; it was awesome!” said Mac Gibson, committee member. “Our band, the Tallahassee Blues Factor, was fabulous. I was on the floor dancing all night.”

No, no break dancing, Gibson said, laughing, “Just old-fashioned dancing.”

Gibson has been involved with the Johnson Center for the Arts since its inception. He has seen it grow into a premier arts center in Alabama.

“After Christmas at the center this year, I have more reason than ever to look forward to the future of the arts center,” said Gibson. “Most of the time events like this have an older audience, but this year we had a big young audience. They had a great time and stayed until it was over. That was exciting to see. Being around young people and all their energy makes you feel good.”

Gibson said that knowing young people appreciate the arts and enjoy similar events is a validation that the Johnson Center for the Arts will continue to have a place in the community for years to come.”

Gibson said the Center Committee Christmas was hard working and working well together.

“Our Christmas event came across as very successful and we all had fun,” he said.

Congratulations to Danny Graham who won the 1 ounce gold coin raffle. The gold coin raffle was also a fundraiser for the JCA.

“Christmas at the Center is the JCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Brenda Campbell, director of the center. “It has been such a success this year that we will be booking the same band for next year and using the same format and look forward to an equally successful Christmas event in 2022.”

Campbell said fundraisers support the JCA program for the year and allow free entry to the JCA to be offered year-round.

The JCA is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Current exhibitions include Nathaniel Allen’s Insequential Hits and Chie Hitchner’s Handwoven Textile Exhibition.

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