The “Macon the Stage” Artistic Expo kicks off its second year with “Wax Museum Live” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Douglass Theatre.
The event, and the entire weekend, is a benefit to raise money for local youth to attend summer camp at the Douglass, said Shelton Land, creator of “Macon the Stage” and founder of Land Mindz Inc., a public charity. Proceeds also will benefit the Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts program at L.H. Williams Elementary School, according to a news release.
“We will re-enact Macon legends and unsung heroes, such as Charles Douglass, Ma Rainey, Gladys Williams and other people tied to the Douglass,” Land said.
Saturday’s events begin with “Youth Unplugged” at 11 a.m. and continue at 3 p.m. with “The Writer’s Block,” a seminar offering advice about how to set up a business to entrepreneurs.
“Lyrical Canvasses” wraps up the weekend at 7 p.m. Saturday and brings together artists of all kinds.
“It blends artists painting to the rhythm and flow of musicians, poets, dancers and singers, and at the end, whatever the artists have created we auction off,” Land said, adding that they had a great turnout last year and hope “Macon the Stage” continues to grow each year.
“We hope to make this an extension of the Macon arts scene and part of how arts engage the community,” he said. “We want it to be a community-led event, and we want people to invest in and adopt it.”
-- Laura Shirley
“Macon the Stage” Artistic Expo
When: 8 p.m. June 12; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 13
Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cost: $40 per person or $70 per couple for June 12; other events are free