Coffee Alliance for the Arts Sponsors Annual Arts Week

"Through Our Eyes" Theme Celebrates Community, Culture, the Visual Arts, & Quality of Life

March 26-30, 2017

     Each spring the Coffee Alliance for the Arts sponsors Arts Week to enhance and promote the arts in our county’s school system and community. The theme for this year’s Arts Week, “Through our Eyes,” provided more than 1,000 local students and faculty opportunities to create and share their individual and collective visions of our local culture, community, and world through photography, graphic design, and performance.

     The annual event also afforded students an opportunity to experience and participate in meaningful dialogue with artists who live and work within the fine arts community locally, nationally, and internationally, artists whose quality of life is rich and sustaining. 

     Three Rivers Symphony Winds kicked off the week with a concert on the lawn of Peterson Hall at South Georgia State College. The celebration then moved to the campus of Coffee High School where noted photographers, graphic designers, and other artists worked with students and shared their own professional and personal experience working in the fine arts.  Offering their time and expertise were Scott Beahan, Amber Bounds, Pamela Brigmond, Peggy Forest, Tracy Page, Windi Raper, Jeff Schmuki, Mike Tanner, Jordan Thomas Tribble, and Randy Wooten.

     Competitions in graphic design and photography challenged students and faculty to create and submit their best work. Awards for Best in Show in the category of photography were Katie Burch (1st) and Kevin Alatorre (2nd). The faculty photography award went to Lori O’Neal, while the logo contest winners were Haley Hersey (1st), Brittany English (2nd), and Tyler Grantham (3rd).

     The organization also recognized the recipient of the CAA Fine Arts Scholarship. Brittany English, a CHS graduating senior planning to major in music at Valdosta State University during Fall 2017, earned that distinction.

     A special thanks to Coffee High School, Pam Brigmond, Jim Cottingham, Pat Doherty, Tracy Page, Betty Royal, and Elizabeth White for serving as hosts for CHS Arts Week events.

     For more information on Coffee Alliance for the Arts or Arts Week, please contact JoAnn Danna at

Three Rivers Symphony Kicks off Arts Week

As kickoff for CAA's annual Arts Week, Three Rivers Symphony Winds, featuring soloist Alison Adcock, serenaded the Sunday afternoon audience on the quad of Peterson Hall at South Georgia State College.