ABOUT THE CENTRE
Construction of The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts was funded by a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) grant along with an investment by the Coweta County School System. The Centre is available for use by all the citizens of the surrounding communities with special priority being given to school system events.
Several private donations add to the distinction of The Centre. One of the more notable donations was a Steinway concert grand piano given through the New York Bank by the estate of the late Tom McKeehan, a former resident of Senoia, Georgia. The Lauren Stapaniak Foundation, created in memory of Lauren Stepaniak, former principal of Madras Middle School who lost her battle with breast cancer, donated funds to purchase string instruments to be used by Coweta County middle school students, thus enabling the instruction of string instrumental music throughout the area. Most recently, The Centre received its first piece of artwork from a major artist as the inaugural piece in what is hoped will become a large collection in residence at The Centre. Following a major art show in February 2006, world-renowned artist, Bruno Zupan, donated a watercolor, “Venice: View from Guidecca” to begin this collection.
However impressive the structure and its contents may be, it is the intangibles that give inspiration to visitors of The Centre. The philosophy of The Centre is to strive to be a house of excellence — an extension of the classroom no matter the age of the student. Its purpose is to provide opportunities that will expose its patrons to the arts, increase their knowledge and appreciation for multiple forms of artistic expression, and enhance the total living experience for all the people it is able to touch.
Please plan to make The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts a stop on your next visit to Coweta County and Newnan, Georgia.