Downtown Marietta is the center for arts and culture in Cobb County. I maintain there are more art facilities and museums in walking distance of the Marietta Square that you can find anywhere in this state.
The time has arrived for downtown Marietta to have a public performing arts venue. It has only been a short time since the Theater in the Square folded its tent, and now the only professional performing arts company, the Lyric Theatre, will be leaving the Square, as the Strand and the Lyric were unable to continue their five-year relationship. But to attract and keep top quality professional performing arts companies, we have got to have a first-class, affordable performing arts venue.
The City of Lawrenceville has a public performing arts center that provides a broad array of community theater and high quality professional companies. The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville is managed by a professional theater company. Knowing the immense value of publicly owned performing arts venues, the City of Buford recently built a beautiful state-of-the-art performing arts center and has no resident company.
What is it that keeps people in the community and draws people to the community? Top quality public education and a vibrant arts community.
It is time downtown Marietta has a public performing arts center. I urge the city to continue to be a leader in the arts.
Downtown Marietta Development Authority