Rivercenter For the Performing Arts
Tax id (EIN)
AddressPO BOX 2425
COLUMBUS, GA 31902
The mission of the RiverCenter is to bring together a variety of artists and audiences for the entertainment, education and enrichment of the cultural life of our region.
The escalating COVID-19 health crisis continues to impact everyone and every organization in Columbus and across the country. In these uncertain times, we want you to know that we continue to work to positively affect our community, bringing the highest quality national Broadway tours and world-class artists to the RiverCenter stage and educating countless school children and teachers with programs and experiences that improve children’s academic progress, minds and lives. But now we are faced with a growing challenge that renders all of that extremely difficult to do.
In response, the RiverCenter Recovery Fund has been launched. This campaign is designed to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 shutdown and help RiverCenter address the challenges of the extended recovery period ahead.
The COVID-19 crisis introduces tremendous stress in an industry that already has a great deal of risk in its business model. In the best of times, it is difficult to ensure financial stability and cash reserves, and the art, culture and entertainment markets are very fickle and fragile. It takes very little – even the slightest rumor – for ticket sales to begin to slump. Add to this that non-profit organizations rely upon individual contributions, corporate support and grants that quickly fade away in times that the economy is stressed or when, understandably, human suffering and overarching threats to public health come in to play.
Since the days of the Columbus Challenge, which built RiverCenter and sparked the growth of downtown and all that exists there today, RiverCenter has become central to area artists, providing a home for the Columbus Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, Cantus Columbus, the Columbus Ballet and CSU’s Schwob School of Music, creating the cultural hub for the West Georgia region.
Each year, RiverCenter presents a season of 20-30 major productions, including celebrated artists in music, theatre and dance, and supports hundreds of additional concerts and community functions. The gem of Columbus’ cultural arts scene, RiverCenter has presented internationally acclaimed artists such as Gladys Knight, Jerry Seinfeld, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett and Mannheim Steamroller, as well as an amazing variety of Broadway's best shows, including Beautiful, Jersey Boys and Waitress.
The facility houses three state-of-the-art performance halls: Bill Heard Theatre, seating 2,000; Legacy Hall, seating 430; and Studio Theatre, seating 150. In addition, outdoor events and activities are often held on RiverCenter’s Illges Plaza on the corner of Broadway and 10th Street.