City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award
Annual PRELUDE Event Recognized by Atlanta Regional Commission
Friday, March 25, 2016 — 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
For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and City events, visit www.lawrencevillega.org.
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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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