Welcome to the Arts Center of Cannon County!
The award winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. It is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an underserved rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually commands a worldwide audience of 40,000 through its facility and over 100,000 through web sites, publications, and recording projects. Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship. Since its inception in 1980,The Arts Center has averaged over 85% earned income.
The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, TN.
Office Hours are 10:00AM-4:00PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
Call 615-563-2787 for more information.
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History of the Arts Center of Cannon County
The Arts Center originated in 1980 as The Cannon Community Playhouse with its first productions taking place in the Woodbury Lions Club Building. Soon the group moved into its own space in the basement of the Veterans Memorial Gym. In 1989 The Playhouse joined with the Cannon County Historical and White Oak Tennessee, Inc. (previously, Cannon Association of Craft Artists) to begin a capital campaign to build a multi-functional arts center. The campaign was a success and ground was broken in 1990 for the 7,000 sq. ft. center. The Arts Center of Cannon County opened in March 1991 with the production of Harvey and went on to serve about 3500 people in its 1st year.
In the intervening years, the Arts Center has expanded 3 times to 18,000 sq. ft., has an award winning theatre program, 3 gallery spaces, a 400 piece folk arts collection, and a Grammy Award winning record label. The organization now serves 40,000 people per year on site and over 150,000 wold wide through attendance, web sites, and record sales.
Selected Awards and Distinctions:
2014 - First Night Nashville - Tennessee's Most Outstanding Community Theatre
2013 - Governor’s Award for the Arts- Arts Leadership- Awarded to Donald Fann, Arts Center Executive Director.
2012 - Broadwayworld.com Tennessee Theatre Awards- Best Community Theatre Company. Best Musical, Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical,Best Actor in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical Director, and Best Choreographer: Hairspray.
2011 - Broadwayworld.com Nashville Theatre Awards- Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical: 13 the Musical.
2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Stewardship- Power of Art Solar Project
2008 - Grammy Award- John Work III: Recording Black Culture
2003 Host Folklorists in the South Conference - Selected by the Southern Arts Federation to host the annual gathering of Southern Folklorists.
2003 - Old Time Release of the Year- Uncle Dave at Home CD named old-time release of the year by The Old Time Hearld
2003 - Governor’s Award for the Arts-Heritage and Folk Arts Awarded to Roy Harper, Old-Time Musician, and local artist.
2002 - NEA Folk Arts Infrastructure Pilot Program One of ten national pilot organizations selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its Local Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative.
2001 - Governor’s Award for the Arts-Heritage and Folk Arts Awarded to Thelma Hibdon and Ida Pearl Davis, Traditional White Oak Basketmakers and local artists.
1999 - Governor’s Award for the Arts- Awarded to Cannon Carriage Company, Jim and Jean Keathley local arts patrons..
1998 - Host of the Tennessee Governor’s Conference for the Arts Selected to host one of three bi-annual statewide training conferences
1996 & 1998 - 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America The only town in Tennessee selected for inclusion in The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America
1992 Governor’s Award for the Arts-Community Division Awarded to The Arts Center of Cannon County for the construction of a multi-disciplined arts facility.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time do Arts Center shows start? Generally speaking, Friday & Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. There are exceptions to this rule, however, such as children’s performances that sometimes begin at 2:00 on Saturdays. Show times are always included on our website, and often our Facebook page, so if you are unsure of the start time be sure to go online or call us at 615-563-2787
How does the box office work? All of our seats are on a first-come first-serve basis, and everyone has the opportunity to be at the front of the line regardless of when their ticket was purchased. The Box Office opens 1 hour before show time, and as patrons check in they will receive an A, B, C, D, E etc seating pass. There are 50 of each letter, however 25 A’s are set aside for season ticket holders for events in the season. The doors to the theatre open 30 minutes before show time and patrons will be let in in letter order, beginning with As, etc. Don’t want to wait in line but want to be the first in? See information about our Express Passes below!
Are you handicap accessible? Yes! There are no steps to enter our building and we have a special seating area inside the theatre for handicap accessibility. If you need to take advantage of our handicapped seating, please request a Pre-Seating pass when checking in at the Box Office.
Do you have a restaurant? In the past the Arts Center has had a functioning restaurant that served meals before performances. At this time, however, the kitchen space is rented out to Half Hill Farm, a Kambucha Brewery that does not serve food. We are looking into pre-show dinner options such as food trucks, etc but do not offer food services at this time. There are several restaurants just up the road in downtown Woodbury that may be able to accommodate your family or group. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Do I have to pre-pay? Pre-payment is generally required for all concerts and for certain shows in the ACCC season that are expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with any major credit or debit card, online, or in person. We offer group rates for many performances that require pre-payment or a credit card on file.
What happens if I can't use a ticket I purchased? In most cases, tickets are non-refundable. We understand, however, that certain emergencies may prevent you from using the ticket you purchased. If you know you are unable to attend a show, please notify us prior to the day of the event and we will do our best to accommodate your refund, although no guarantees can be made. Please note- last minute cancellations and group rated tickets are non-refundable.
How can I volunteer? We thought you’d never ask! There are endless opportunities for volunteers throughout the year, both on stage, back stage, and in the front of house. We utilize volunteers to work box office before performances, for various duties during the White Oak Craft Fair and other events, and during performances as actors, crew, set construction, etc. Send an email to Carol@artscenterofcc.com and tell her a little about your skill set and availability!
What is an Express Pass? An Express Pass is sold in addition to a Season Pass and allows patrons to arrive just 30 minutes before each show and be the first to go into the theatre! Only a limited number of Express Passes are sold for each performance, so you are guaranteed to always get your favorite seat! Express Passes cost $50 each, in addition to Season Ticket costs.
What is a Season Ticket? Season Tickets are a deal-saving opportunity for patrons to see all six shows in our ACCC season for one low price. Season Ticket holders save over 25% on performance tickets and also have opportunity to attend special events such as the Annual Meeting. An Adult Season Ticket costs $60 (an $88 value) and a Student Season Ticket costs $50 (a $76 value).
What is the difference between concerts and shows produced in-house? Most concerts are outside acts who are renting our space and performing for only 1-2 nights. While we still publicize concerts and include them as part of our Concert Season, they are different from ACCC produced shows because they are not auditioned and created in-house.
How do I display/sell my work in the White Oak Craft Shop or Berger Gallery? All work featured in our Craft Shop or Gallery is on consignment, must be hand-crafted by local Middle Tennessee artists, and is accepted on an as-needed basis. Crafters must be Artisan Members (can join for $25 if not), and the Arts Center receives 20% of the final sales price. Artists provide their own displays in most cases, and may set their own prices. Artists interested in selling in the White Oak Craft Shop should contact Brittany@artscenterofcc.com. Artists interested in having a gallery exhibit should contact Neal@artscenterofcc.com.
Can I hold my wedding or event at the Arts Center? Absolutely! We offer competitive rental pricing for the Wilma Adams Theatre, Cannon Hall, The Berger Gallery, and our outdoor Pavilion. Visit artscenterofcc.com/eventrentals for pricing, photos, and more information.
How can I audition for a show? Auditions are held for most productions and are open to anyone in the community. Sign up for our Audition Mailing List at artscenterofcc.com/auditions and be sure to check our Facebook Page for announcements!