The Woodruff Arts Center is Atlanta’s premier venue for the visual and performing arts. It sets the standard for the arts in Atlanta and the Southeast. Located in midtown Atlanta, the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the 14th Street Theatre, and Young Audiences.
The Atlanta Symphony is one of the South’s leading orchestras. Under the musical direction of Robert Spano, the orchestra performs more than 200 concerts every year. Subscription series include Classical, Pops, Family, Holiday, and a Summer Concert series at Verizon Amphitheater. The Atlanta Symphony also has a Youth Orchestra and a talent development program for musically gifted Latino and African American students.
The Alliance Theatre is an award winning professional resident theatre. There are four or five productions on the main Alliance Stage each season as well as a holiday show, children’s show, and several productions on the smaller Hertz Stage. The Alliance Theatre helps launch the careers of young playwrights through the National Graduate Playwright Competition. The theatre provides a premier during the regular season for each year’s winner.
The High Museum of Art is one of the Southeast’s leading art museums. Its extensive permanent collection includes American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, European art, decorative arts, African art, photography, and contemporary and modern art. The High Museum showcases special exhibitions each year, and has partnered with some of the world’s finest art museums to bring exhibitions to Atlanta. Past collaborations have included partnerships with The British Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and a three year collaboration with the Louvre. The High Museum of Art is located adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center. The High is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-5pm, Thursdays from 10am-8pm, and Sundays from noon-5pm. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $11 for ages 6-17.
The 14th Street Playhouse is located a few blocks from the main Woodruff Arts Center campus at 173 14th Street NE. The three theatre complex consists of a main stage and two smaller venues. The venues are intimate, with good views from every seat. Parking for the playhouse is available at the Lanier Parking deck and across the street at Colony Square.
Young Audiences is part of the National Young Audiences organization and is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programs. It provides live arts programming for students from preschool to high school. Its programs include workshops and residencies in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.
The Woodruff Arts Center is located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Parking for all events is available in the Woodruff Arts Center parking garage. For those taking public transportation, the Arts Center MARTA Station is directly behind the Woodruff Arts Center.