Arts & Entertainment

Art Galleries & Museums

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center , Decatur’s own art museum and education facility, strives to promote learning, creation and appreciation of the visual arts while preserving of one of the area’s significant historical buildings. The Carnegie hosts local, regional, national and international art exhibits and art classes are offered to all ages. The Center is located in the heart of Old Decatur at 207 Church Street. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM. Admission to the galleries is free.

Theatre & Performing Arts

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

The Princess Theatre has been a north Alabama landmark for more than a century. Beginning as a livery stable in 1887, it was transformed into a silent film and vaudeville playhouse in 1919. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Princess completed the first phase of a new Master Plan during 2000-2001 and continues to restore and renovate the much-loved building.

Today, the Professional Series brings national touring arts events from
Broadway musicals to major concert artists and family events. Since 1983, the Princess Theatre has presented an array of outstanding cultural events, including such artists as Cloris Leachman, Loretta Swit, Henry Cho and Ray Charles, the national tours of attractions such as The New Shanghai Circus, Broadway musicals, classic movies, and concerts by Chris Botti, Ricky Skaggs, the Del McCoury Band and Arlo Guthrie. Annual festivals include the River City Film Festival and the Petals for the Princess, both in April. Local performing groups make their home on the Princess stage, presenting children’s theater, choral concerts, musicals and theater.

As north Alabama’s largest classroom, the Princess annually serves more than 20,000 students and teachers, including Young Audience Professional Series performances, school matinees, master classes and teacher workshops. Camp Princess explores the performing arts with young people in June and July. Visiting artists serve residencies in the community with workshops and performances for schools and the community.

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The multipurpose rental facility offers a unique place for a wedding, receptions, business events and cultural programs.

Contact: (256) 340-1778

Calhoun Community College

Calhoun Community College excels in both its theatre and art programs. Theatre students present three plays annually, including one by Shakespeare, in their Black Box Theatre. For information on upcoming performances, visit the Theatre’s page .

Calhoun’s award-winning art department features student and faculty exhibits in the art gallery. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit the Art Department’s webpage for more information.

Student Engagement in the Arts

Decatur Youth Symphony

The Decatur Youth Symphony , transforms lives through music by providing students the opportunity to learn and perform music — impacting the culture of our community. The program works with more than 200 students each year.

Live Music

There are many venues for live music in Decatur. Local and national concerts are produced at the Princess Theatre throughout the year, ranging from the ever-fun Smokey Joe’s Café to Grammy Award winner Roseanne Cash to nationally acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti. The Paul Stroud Concerts by the River are free community concerts that showcase area musicians and are held each Monday evening at Rhodes Ferry Park from Memorial Day until Labor Day. RiverFest and other city festivals are a great way to hear a wide range of musical styles, too. Local clubs and restaurants around town feature live music, ranging from rock and roll to country to jazz.

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