The 567 has come a long way in the past 3 years. From a small, informal art and music venue at 567 Cherry Street, to an established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in our newly renovated two-story building, it is truly amazing how much has been done with so little. It has required a lot of hard work, but it is worth it when we hear how much people appreciate what we’re doing.
Our mission statement is to help revitalize downtown Macon through access to music and the arts, educational and small business assistance, and city beautification. There are a lot of people working in various capacities towards that goal, but this is what it currently looks like for us:
In short, we are helping give people a reason to be downtown, whether it is teenagers who come to hang out at our all-ages concerts, artists who love hanging their art on our walls, out-of-towners who come to participate in one of downtown’s growing cultural festivals, or businesses who need help getting started in a difficult economy.
But we’re just getting started.
We dream of The 567 being so much more. We dream of our classrooms being filled every week with everyone from kids to adults in a variety of arts classes (including music and theater) to expand their horizons. We dream of packing out our main stage with crowds for bigger-name bands in addition to continuing to offer smaller local shows in our gallery. We dream of offering free public art talks from a range of speakers, so the average person can have a chance to learn about the trends that influence contemporary art. We dream of helping 10, 20, 50 new businesses launch downtown and be successful over the long haul.
And we want you to dream with us.
If these are goals you dream for downtown Macon, too, let us know. Let us know how you think we can help make downtown a more enjoyable community through arts and business.
We also need your support. We can’t take The 567 to the next level without the generous contributions of regular people like you. Our goal is to raise $75,000. In order to reach that goal, we need the support of people from all walks of life, whether it’s just a few dollars, or several hundred dollars, every little bit helps. So please, consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to The 567. You can contribute with a credit card by clicking the “donate” button below, or you can make checks payable to “The 567″ and mail to: 533 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201. We can also accept a cash donation the next time you come by The 567!