Averitt Center Weekly Newsletter

Now Accepting Donations of Crayons


We are asking for donations of crayons for our Art Adventures program. If you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts at 31 East Vine Street. 

Wemberly Ponder Starts the 2021-2022 ONE Series

The ONE Series begins with Statesboro native Wemberly Ponder on September 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the Emma Kelly Theater. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members/military/first responders/city & county employees, $15 for students). 

Wemberly Ponder was born in Statesboro of parents, Sanford and Harriett Ponder. He is a graduate of William James High School and Georgia Southern College. Ponder began the study of piano at the age of 11 with Tharon Stevens, who was then Choral Director of William James High School Choral Society and a distinguished piano teacher in Statesboro. At the end of his 11th grade year, he began the study of piano with Dr. Sterling Adams, who was then Professor of Piano at Georgia Southern College.

He directed Brannen Chapel Male Chorus in a performance of his original composition entitled “O Statesboro, Where the Sun Smiles” during Statesboro’s Bicentennial Celebration. He was musical director under Mical Whitaker in the poetry production about “The Life of Langston Hughes” by Bob Dick that was staged at the Averitt Center for the Arts.  He has participated as an accompanist for Statesboro Youth Chorale and Statesboro Boys and Girls Choir under Dr. Tamara Harper.

Ponder is currently teaching piano privately in Statesboro. He is an accompanist at Georgia Southern University. He is pianist for Greater Bethel A. M. E. Church under pastor, Rev. Deborah Lanier Scott, and pianist for Historical First African Baptist Church under pastor, Rev. James Howard.

ONE: Wemberly Ponder is exclusively sponsored by Brinson, Williams, and Groomes Insurance. 

Introducing Zumba Kids


We are offering a new dance class for kids ages 7-11 called Zumba Kids. In this new class, the kids will get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music. Zumba Kids classes feature kid-friendly routines based on the original Zumba choreography. The instructor will teach by breaking down the dance steps while adding games, activities, and cultural exploration elements. 

This class will also help develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children's lives by making fitness fun. Classes incorporate key childhood development elements like leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, and cultural awareness. Jean Donovan will be teaching this class for six Saturdays (October 9-November 13) from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Whitaker Black Box Theater on 41 West Main Street. The price is only $10 each for all six Saturdays. Call Tony Phillips to sign up at 912-212-2787. 

Scholarships are available for this class for qualifying applicants through the Roosevelt Cone, Jr. Scholarship Foundation. For more information about the scholarship for you, call 912-541-2809.

New Exhibition in the Main Gallery


We have a new exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Averitt Center Main Building. This exhibition is displaying the beautiful landscape paintings of local artist Crystal Holman. It will be on display through October 31st. 

Crystal Holman is a retired Art educator and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Art and a minor in Journalism from Georgia Southern College in 1983. Holman retired from a 23-year career in Art Education with the Bulloch County Board of Education to pursue her artistic endeavors. Holman currently works in a variety of media using her creative journey to embrace art as a means of healing and spiritual growth to overcome traumatic life events. Her artwork has been exhibited locally at the Averitt Center for the Arts and is held in private collections throughout the Southeastern United States. 

Registration for 2021-22 Classes is Open


The Averitt Center for the Arts is one of the few multi-disciplined art centers in the state of Georgia. We have four buildings, a performing arts theater, eight pottery wheels, three dance studios, two art galleries and multiple classrooms to provide arts education opportunities. There is something for all ages from two years old and up. So go on ahead and register yourself and/or your child for one or more of our classes. 

Visit our website at https://www.averittcenterforthearts.org/copy-of-classes-camps to see all of the classes we are offering this season, or contact Tony Phillips at 912-259-9228 or email tphillips@averittcenterforthearts.org.