Calendar of Events

Sunday at the Museum Lecture Series
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

See the full flyer here

Dr. Stephen Davis’ program on Civil War Photographer George N. Barnard is based on the recent publication of Davis’ book “100 Significant Civil War Photos: Atlanta Campaign.” Davis writes that Barnard, who photographed the war’s western theater, deserves to be ranked in the top tier of famous photographers such as Mathew Brady who photographed the war’s eastern theater.
Barnard was a civilian photographer hired by Gen. William T. Sherman’s chief engineer, Capt. Orlando Poe, to take pictures of fortifications around Atlanta in the fall of 1864. Although he took thousands of photographs, no comprehensive list of the photographer’s work has ever been made, and uncatalogued Barnard photos continue to pop up. As part of his program, Davis will share stories and feature a slide presentation of some of the 100 photographs in his book, now called “ the best little book on Barnard.” The Old School History Museum is pleased to have ever-popular Steve Davis return as our guest lecturer!

The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center located at 305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton, Georgia 31024. The museum hosts three Sunday at the Museum Lectures a year, followed by a delicious reception and sometimes a book-signing. SATM Lectures are always free to the public, but donations to the Old School History Museum are greatly appreciated! For more information, please visit


Annual Photography Contest & Exhibition
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm

Calling all professional, amateur, and junior photographers! The Annual Photography Contest & Exhibition is back for the 11th year. This contest is open to photographers of all levels and locations. Read on to learn more about the contest, get the important dates, and download the contest rules and entry forms. 

For Fine Arts Contest and Exhibitions information, please click here.


Since 2009, The Plaza Arts Center in Downtown Eatonton has held a Photography & Fine Arts Contest and Exhibition as a platform for the local and regional community to show their skills and connect with each other. The show will be open to the public Friday, February 28 through Friday, March 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This contest and exhibition is a fundraiser benefiting the Plaza Community Center which offers classes, activities, and camps to children and adults in the community alike. 


February 12-15: Entries are accepted at The Plaza Arts Center. Drop off times are Wednesday – Friday between 10 – 5pm and Saturday, Feb 15 from 10 – 1pm.
February 28 @ 5:30pm: Photography Show Reception at The Plaza Arts Center Reception Hall
February 28-March 6: Show is open to the public 9-5 weekdays, 10-1pm Saturdays, and 12-3pm Sundays.
March 6 @ 4-6pm: Photo pick-up at The Plaza Arts Center Reception Hall


Please click here to download the 2020 Photography Rules & Entry Form document. Make sure you bring them with you when you submit your photo(s). 

Have questions? Give The Plaza Arts Center a call at 706-923-1655 or contact Janet Kelhoffer at 404-895-7103. 

Simply Diamond: A Neil Diamond Tribute Band
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A Neil Diamond Tribute Band
Valentine’s Day Weekend | February 15, 2020 @ 7:30pm
The Plaza Arts Center | 305 N. Madison Ave in Downtown Eatonton

Plaza Partner tickets on sale here January 7
General public tickets on sale here January 14

Though you will see the famous sequin shirt on stage, Brian La Blanc and the band making Simply Diamond really focus on the music first and foremost, offering an insanely entertaining evening full of Neil Diamond songs taken to the next level in arrangements both fun and true to the original artist. Look no further for the perfect evening out for your Valentine!

Look no further for the perfect evening out for your Valentine! Enjoy a gourmet dinner before the show at Dot 2 Dot Inn, which is located in the historic Reid-Griffith house built in 1844.  Cordon Bleu trained Chef, Karen Henry-Garrett, has prepared a wonderful 3-course menu that will be offered on Friday and Saturday evening.  Friday seating is at 6:30 pm and the Saturday seating is at 5:00 pm to accommodate ticket holders for Simply Diamond. Dot 2 Dot Inn is conveniently located just 0.5 miles from The Plaza at 200 W. Washington Street.  Click here for full menu details.  Make your dinner reservations today! Call 706-991-5030 or email


Arti Gras 2020
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us at Barrel 118 for a fabulous fundraising event that will feature live music, a silent auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres by Cindi Lutini’s Catering and craft cocktails/cash bar!

Music by David D’Angelo’s Jazz Quartet
Silent Auction
New Orleans Signature Drink at the Cash/Credit Full Bar
Heavy hors d’oeuvres by Cindy Lutini’s Catering
Hosted at the beautiful & historic Barrel 118 in Downtown Eatonton

Individual: $50
Table (includes 10 tickets): $750 – limited to 10 tables

Arti Gras is a fundraising event created to support The Artisans Village and The Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton. With widespread love for local artisans of all disciplines, it felt natural to provide an opportunity to bring the community together to showcase the talent among us, increase awareness of the artistic outlets surrounding and raise funds for continued program expansion.

Funds raised will benefit The Plaza Arts Center Community Center to update the facilities to allow for expansion of the After School Arts Program, set production for local stage performances and continued growth in community involvement. The Artisans Village will use funds to support projects such as the restoration of historic murals, plein air events in the Lake Country region, and restoring a historic livery warehouse that once complete will house hot arts such as glass blowers and metal workers.