Do you ever wonder how a writer comes up with a plot? Do you ever wonder what the process of developing a play might be like? Do you want to be a playwright? If any of your answers to these questions are “yes,” then we have an event for you! Play West: A New Play Lab, part of the University of West Georgia Theatre Company’s summer programming, comes to the Carrollton Center for the Arts to bring you new plays in early development by up and coming Atlanta-area playwrights. We invite you to participate! Are you an actor ready and willing to be in one of the staged readings? Give us call at 678-839-4703. Are you a theatre enthusiast who’d like to hear the plays and respond to them? This reading series is for you. Whatever role you prefer, we welcome you!  This program has mature content and is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18 years old.
July 16 – 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm

There’s trouble in Fairytale Land! The Fairy Godmother must find out who is stealing Cinderella’s and Snow White’s most precious possessions. With a little bit of magic, plenty of laughs, clever audience interaction and a lot of adventure, we find the thief is none other than the Ice Queen herself. But, the reasons for her crimes go much deeper than just the tip of the iceberg! Lessons of honesty, friendship and trust are taught, as well as finding out that jealously and loneliness can certainly cause anyone to have a bad attitude, which can be changed through love, acceptance and understanding! Beautiful songs, ornate costumes and a cast that will delight! Shows include an activity sheet for all children and a fun MEET and GREET.
July 6 at 10am & 6pm
$5 per person

Join us for a luncheon and demonstration on flower arranging with award-winning author, James Farmer. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the writer questions. Farmer masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant living. Come learn from the expert.
August 30 | 12pm – 2pm
Cost: $30

James Farmer is the author of the Wall Street Journal’s best-selling garden book, A Time to Plant, Sip & Savor, Porch Living, Wreaths For All Seasons, A Time To Cook, Dinner on the Grounds, A Time to Celebrate and A Place to Call Home. A Place to Call Home is his most recent
publication and also his first interior design book featuring eleven homes from Sea Island to Atlanta to St. Louis. Southern born and raised, James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer, cook, author and lifestyle expert. In addition, Farmer’s work has been published in
various magazines including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Southern Home, Southern Lady, Country Living, Flower and more. He is also a frequent guest on television and radio. A skilled and entertaining speaker, Farmer is truly a fresh voice for his generation. Whether he is teaching how to plan the perfect summer picnic, using everyday items to create exquisite tabletops, creating gorgeous flower arrangements and wreaths, or making his grandmother’s skillet peach pie, Farmer masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living.
6:30 pm program | $10

In celebration of the beginning of our Performance Season, we are having a fund raiser to help fund our Youth Scholarship Fund. This event includes a BBQ dinner, pie making contest and a variety of cowboy games that are sure to entertain and make you laugh including an ole time Medicine Show. This event is geared for adult fun. Come support our organization and help us kick off the Performance Season.
September 15 | 5pm – 7pm
$25 per person

Come celebrate our 15th year, as the Arts Festival of Carrollton (formally Meccafest) rolls out the red carpet for fine artists from across the United States. This two-day upscale arts festival features an artist market of more than 70 visual artists, food trucks, wonderful entertainment, youth art stops and exhibits and roving guest artists, such as the popular Mark Abbati of Joy Unspeakable Living Sculpture. Start your Art Savings Account by purchasing Art Bucks/Patron Purchase Awards throughout the year to use at the arts festival.
In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Festival, the City of Carrollton is hosting a free concert performed by “The Apostles of Bluegrass,” at the AMP on October 13 at 7:00pm. For more information, visit
October 13 and 14 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For the third year, the Center for the Arts is excited to host MountainFilm on Tour. Last year’s event sold out! MountainFilm, one of America’s longest-running festivals, travels year-round worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride, CO. The mission is to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. The festival includes 8–12 short films that are featured within two and a half hours.
January 5 | 7:00 pm reception during intermission

Annually, the Center for the Arts, honors the late Susan Hayward who was a resident of Carrollton, GA before her passing. This year we chose Ernest Hemingway’s short story turned into a film adaptation, The Snows of Kilimanjaro!, featuring not only Mrs. Hayward, but also Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner.
January 6 | 2:00 pm
$5 per person, includes popcorn and water