Mon., May 20, 2013 3:26pm (EDT)

Mercer University Receives Grant To Create New Arts Center.
By Leah Fleming
Updated: 1 year ago

Macon, Ga.  —  
New Tattnall Square Center For The Arts (dunwoody/beeland, architects, inc.)
New Tattnall Square Center For The Arts (dunwoody/beeland, architects, inc.)
Arts and culture are two building blocks needed to revitalize a community. That’s the message coming from Mercer University. The university is the recipient of a grant to create a new center for the arts in Macon.

University officials say this $425,000 grant from ArtPlace America is a two-fold blessing.

So it’s fitting that the announcement was made at the former Tattnall Square Presbyterian Church in Macon.

After renovating the church, the university’s theater and arts program will move into the facility, literally relocating their theater program into the Macon community.

Lake Lambert, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at Mercer said the arts bring people together. "The arts build community. They help us understand who we are. They help us understand our similarities and our differences. They help us to see our failures and our blessings."

Blessing number two: this historic church will be saved. As many old churches fall into disrepair there is an effort underway in many communities, including Macon, to repurpose these churches to serve the community as well as preserve history.