Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard hands a proclamation designating Albany Music and Arts week to supporters Tuesday.
ALBANY Backers of the performing arts picked up a symbolic nod from the mayor's office Tuesday after Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard designated the week between what organizers hope will be two of the area's biggest festivals as Albany's Music and Arts Week.
The proclamation signed Tuesday recognizes a partnership between the Downtown Manager's Office, the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Albany Downtown Sertoma Club and 340: A Creative Group which collectively is putting on a series of events between October 6-14 including the Flint Fest Music, Art and International Festival and the Southwest Georgia Music and Arts Festival now known as the Georgia Throwdown.
After signing the proclamation, Hubbard encouraged those participating, saying that Albany has been blessed with musical and artistic talent and hopefully those blessed with those gifts will choose Albany as the place they want to perform.
"I'm excited that we have so many people from Albany and the area who have so much talent," Hubbard said. "I hope these events provide an opportunity for Albany to show the region and the state just how good that talent is."
Sam Shugart, who is one of a handful of people pushing the Georgia Throwdown which is still in its planning stages but is being billed as a three-day music fest, said that Albany has many things to brag about but one area they hope to grow is the city's culture.
"Albany has a lot of resources and a lot of great things but one area where we sometimes lack is with culture," Shugart said. "There are people here who want to bring more cultural experiences to Albany."
The Albany area has a rather impressive roster of musical and artistic talent. From Harry James to Ray Charles; Russell Malone to Field Mob and songwriter extraordinaire Dallas Davidson; Albany has produced an eclectic bunch of artists and performers.
Stretch across the northern border into Lee County and the region picks up two fairly recent chart toppers -- Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips.
To the west, in Terrell County, well known Motown crooner Otis Redding was born.
Hubbard, 340 and others are hoping that both established Albany area talent and the next generation will continue to put Southwest Georgia on the map for its musical and artistic prowess.
"Hopefully we'll find the next big thing," Hubbard said. "And that's good for us and the region."