City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

Annual PRELUDE Event Recognized by Atlanta Regional Commission

The City of Lawrenceville’s signature summer event PRELUDE received the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 2015 CREATE Community Award for its focus on Arts & Culture through a partnership with the Aurora Theatre.

For more than 10 years, the City has hosted the PRELUDE celebration on the eve of July 4 as a way to honor America’s Day of Independence. Each year, before the stunning display of fireworks, the event features an outdoor stage performance hosted by Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre. With past productions like Camelot, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and South Pacific, the City of Lawrenceville and the Aurora Theatre continue to bring Tony Award-winning classics to life in downtown Lawrenceville.

“We are honored to receive this distinguished award as it recognizes Lawrenceville’s commitment to local and regional excellence,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Promoting community development through artistic and cultural approaches attracts economic investment, a strong workforce, and new visiting populations to our community.”

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Arts & Culture award is presented to the local government that “advances creative placemaking and cultural opportunities in their community through the implementation of arts related concepts in programs, policies and projects.”

“For 20 years, the Aurora Theatre has developed unique programming meeting the needs of our constantly evolving community,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. “Cities that embrace arts and culture activities increase their economic viability and establish their community’s competitive advantage.”

An ARC Board Presentation and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 23 in the Amphitheater at the Loudermilk Center for Regional Community in Atlanta. Mayor Johnson and Anthony Rodriguez were in attendance at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of the City of Lawrenceville.

“Lawrenceville takes price in developing award-winning programming for the community,” said Lisa Sherman Director of Community and Economic Development. The regional and national recognition invites tourism revenue to the City, yielding economic growth which is the ultimate goal.”

Make plans to visit Lawrenceville to experience the family friendly events taking place throughout 2016:  

April 1                    Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

April 8                    Movies on the Lawn – Jurassic World

May 7                     Comic Book Day

May 13                  Movies on the Lawn – Back to the Future

May 27                  Summer Concert Series – 7 Bridges Band (A Tribute to the Eagles)

June 3                     Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

June 10                  Movies on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

June 24                  Summer Concert Series – The Return

July 1                      Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

July 3                      PRELUDE to the 4th

July 8                      Movies on the Lawn – An Affair to Remember

July 16                   ArtsFest Gwinnett

July 29                   Summer Concert Series – R&B, Inc.

August 5                Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

August 12              Movies on the Lawn – Grease

August 26              Summer Concert Series – Departure – The Journey Tribute Band

September 2          Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

September 10       Paws in the Park

September 17       Rock’n Ribville

September 30       Summer Concert Series – The Whiskey Gentry

October 28            Spooktacular on the Square

November 24        Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 10        Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas Parade


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About the City of Lawrenceville

The City of Lawrenceville is the Capital City of Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, with a population of just over 29,000 citizens and a youthful median age of 32. Lawrenceville works to preserve its heritage while pushing ahead to ensure excellence for the future. From state-of-the-art medical, educational and governmental facilities, to thriving business, cultural, and recreational opportunities, Lawrenceville serves as home and host to individuals and families who come here from around the globe. 

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About Aurora Theatre

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, now in its 23rd Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 850 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Aurora. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of ten 2017 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013”, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

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128 East Pike Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046