Music and Art Combine To Form Anderson's Cultural Tapestry

Deciding how you spend your free time in Anderson is no easy task.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 05:57

Deciding how you spend your free time in Anderson is no easy task. The breadth and depth of its cultural climate runs the gamut from pottery to performing arts and everywhere in between. The city sure is “hooked on the arts,” sponsoring an initiative of that name to promote public art. Visitors will catch glimpses of largemouth bass sculptures all over town, thanks to the “Fish Out of Water” project put into action by the Anderson County Arts Center.

The arts center itself has one gallery housed in a historic Carnegie building and another at its Arts Warehouse location, which also offers pottery classes for adults and summer art camps for kids. In fact, Anderson is home to galleries galore: Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University, Arts Electric and Charisma Art Gallery, to name a few. While the city hosts an assortment of other events each year, one of the most anticipated would have to be the Anderson Summer Soiree. The area’s largest street festival combines live music, street performers, food, crafts and children’s activities. Additional annual activities include the Anderson County Fair, the Main Street Car Show and the Great Southeast BalloonFest, the latter of which is hosted by the Anderson Civic Center.

The 37,000-square-foot civic center also features rodeos, trade shows and entertainment events. From bluegrass to baroque to barbershop quartet, practically every genre is represented in Anderson. William A. Floyd Amphitheater hosts artists spanning the musical spectrum from The Beach Boys to The Oak Ridge Boys. Rudy’s Bluegrass in the Woods holds monthly banjo-pickin’ evenings, while the Anderson Symphony Orchestra invites you to dust off your tux or put on your pearls for a night out on the town. If you’re a theater fan, keep an eye on Anderson’s event schedule. For a city of its size, Anderson has a high concentration of theater troupes, including Electric City Playhouse, Senior Follies and Anderson Community Theatre.