Anna Arts Center

Anna Arts Center A Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 supporting and encouraging Performing, Visual, and Literary Arts in Southernmost Illinois!
Anna Arts Center 501(c)3 supports artists in Southernmost Illinois, including, but not limited to; Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Painters, Comedians, Poets, Playwrites, and Authors.
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The Anna Arts Center sponsors, and hosts many special events throughout the year, Including our annual Shawnee Hills Spring Arts Festival, and Holiday Bazaar. Our monthly events include Gospel Music Night (3rd Friday) and Your Stage Dinner Event and Show (4th Friday). Each year, we put on a number of other events, including Civil War Events, Poetry Workshops, Geneology Seminars, and Full-Blown Musical Productions (3 per year). Also, we hire Local and Regional Performers for shows throughout the season, including- Steve Hornbeak, Brian D. Caraker, BLEND, Blackwood Brothers, Backdraft, and many more! In Addition, we also offer classes for ALL AGES in the Arts, in Spring, and Summer. For a current list of classes, and fees, please contact the Anna Arts Center!

If it rains on Saturday, We will do Paint the town inside. Everyone will be given a 16x20 inch canvas and all painting s...
04/26/2019

If it rains on Saturday, We will do Paint the town inside. Everyone will be given a 16x20 inch canvas and all painting supplies to pnt your master piecefor $10. Any questions call Lee's cell 904-625-1109.

Steve Falcone’s two-man play about General Lee’s surrender to General Grant on April 9, 1865 at The Appomattox Court...
04/26/2019

Steve Falcone’s two-man play about General Lee’s surrender to General Grant on April 9, 1865 at The Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia to end the Civil War.
Bruce Welker as Confederate, General Robert E. Lee; and Steve Falcone as Union General, Ulysses S. Grant. James Busch will assume the role of Corporal Porter. The older, wiser generals will perform a staged reading.
Tickets, $5, will be sold at the door.

It is going to be a fun weekend!
04/25/2019

It is going to be a fun weekend!

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03/20/2019

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An ALL-STAR cast with Steve Falcone playing Morrie and James Robert playing Mitch. A wonderful show with lots of laughs ...
03/15/2019

An ALL-STAR cast with Steve Falcone playing Morrie and James Robert playing Mitch. A wonderful show with lots of laughs and life lessons that we all need to re-learn.

03/06/2019
03/03/2019
Anna Arts Center
03/01/2019

Anna Arts Center

A tremendous production by The Shawnee Hills Arts Council - Civil War Weekend February 7-9, 2019.
A 3 DVD set has been produced by The Gathering Place to capture all of the historic presentations that were delivered that weekend and is being sold for just $10 with proceeds supporting next year's Civil War Weekend event.
Watch and Listen to the history-filled presentations about Union County in the Civil War........
* Ulysses S. Grant in Camp Following the Battle of Shiloh(Dan Haughey, Illinois Road Scholar)
* President Abraham Lincoln - His General Remarks Concerning Politics and the War of the Rebellion (George Buss, Sharing Lincoln's Legacy)
* The United States Sanitary Commission (Barbara Boyd Bauer)
* On the Altar of Their Country - The Children and Grandchildren of Conrad Sitter in the War of the Rebellion (Glen Bishop)
* They Trained in Union County - Discovering Civil War Training Camps in Anna and Jonesboro Illinois (Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain)
*Civil War Ghost Stories from Union County (Dr. Norma Lee Hackney, Bonni Littleton, & R. L. Pete Housman)
Stop by The Gathering Place, 313 S Main St, Anna, IL and buy a copy today!

A tremendous production by The Shawnee Hills Arts Council - Civil War Weekend February 7-9, 2019.A 3 DVD set has been pr...
03/01/2019

A tremendous production by The Shawnee Hills Arts Council - Civil War Weekend February 7-9, 2019.
A 3 DVD set has been produced by The Gathering Place to capture all of the historic presentations that were delivered that weekend and is being sold for just $10 with proceeds supporting next year's Civil War Weekend event.
Watch and Listen to the history-filled presentations about Union County in the Civil War........
* Ulysses S. Grant in Camp Following the Battle of Shiloh(Dan Haughey, Illinois Road Scholar)
* President Abraham Lincoln - His General Remarks Concerning Politics and the War of the Rebellion (George Buss, Sharing Lincoln's Legacy)
* The United States Sanitary Commission (Barbara Boyd Bauer)
* On the Altar of Their Country - The Children and Grandchildren of Conrad Sitter in the War of the Rebellion (Glen Bishop)
* They Trained in Union County - Discovering Civil War Training Camps in Anna and Jonesboro Illinois (Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain)
*Civil War Ghost Stories from Union County (Dr. Norma Lee Hackney, Bonni Littleton, & R. L. Pete Housman)
Stop by The Gathering Place, 313 S Main St, Anna, IL and buy a copy today!

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02/20/2019

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The play TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the hilarious and heart-warming story of the sportswriter Mitch, an accomplished journa...
02/17/2019

The play TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the hilarious and heart-warming story of the sportswriter Mitch, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, visits Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor, who is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch re-connects with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a delightful and moving last class in the meaning of life. March 23, 2019, 2 and 7 PM OR March 24, 2019, 2 PM At the Anna Arts Center, 117 West Davie Street, Anna, Illinois. Tickets $15 and $5 for 12 and Under. Online: https://tuesdayswithmorrie.brownpapertickets.com Call Lee’s cell 1-904-625-1109 Or Email [email protected].

Downtown Anna, IL
02/07/2019

Downtown Anna, IL

Come meet the ghost of Union County and learn about the Union recruiting and training camps in Union Camps

Come meet the ghost of Union County and learn about the Union recruiting and training camps in Union Camps
02/07/2019

Come meet the ghost of Union County and learn about the Union recruiting and training camps in Union Camps

Civil War Weekend - SATURDAY, from 9 am - 5 pm! GREAT Speakers, Exhibits, and Vendor. It is All FREE and Everyone is inv...
02/04/2019

Civil War Weekend - SATURDAY, from 9 am - 5 pm! GREAT Speakers, Exhibits, and Vendor. It is All FREE and Everyone is invited. Speakers are:
- 9AM: Civil War Heroes by Mike Estel, Author of 11 books and Historian
- 10:00 AM: MR. U. S. GRANT: A Man & A Patriot! by Dan Haughey East Moline, Illinois. Dan is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and will perform a first person, one-act play focusing on Grant’s early years and rise to Civil War fame as General of Union Armies in the Western in Theatre.
- 12:00 PM Lunch – BBQ Sandwich, Chips and Soda $5
- 1:00 PM: President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by George Buss. “No one brings Abraham Lincoln to life more brilliantly. George Buss is a national treasure.” – Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar and chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
- 2:00 PM: Harriet Tubman by Marlene Rovero, an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar, who will perform a first person letting Harriet tell her story.
- 3:00 PM: ON THE ALTAR OF THEIR COUNTRY: The Children and Grandchildren of Conrad Sitter
In The War of the Rebellion by Glen S. Bishop Jr., Civil War historian and lecturer.
- 4:00 PM: 2 videos loaned by the General John A. Logan Museum, Director Michael Jones: “ Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War (24:30)” and “Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War The Second Year (27:07)”

02/02/2019

When was the last time you heard a good Ghost Story?

Thursday (2/7) & Saturday (2/8), during Civil War weekend, Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain will discuss the locations of the encampments in Union County and our storytellers will share the stories of visions of men wearing Civil War uniforms traipsing through Union County.

To make your reservation, you can call Lee at (904)625-1109, or email: [email protected].
Tickets are $5 and will also be sold at the door.

Great line up for the weekend.
01/31/2019

Great line up for the weekend.

Feb 7-10, Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center
125 W Davie St, Anna, IL
THURSDAY, Feb. 7, and SATURDAY, Feb 9, 7:00 pm: “Ghost Stories from the Union County Encampments” Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain will discuss the locations of the encampments in Union County and our story tellers will share the stories of visions of men wearing Civil War uniforms traipsing through Union County. For your $5 reservation, please call Lee’s cell 904-625-1109 or email [email protected]. Tickets will be sold at the door.

FRIDAY, Feb 8, 6pm Blue and Gray Dinner – President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will attend and President Lincoln, portrayed by George Buss, is the guest speaker. George Buss portrays Lincoln at the Gettysburg National Park every November 19 to recite the Gettysburg Address and participate in the various events. The Kitchen on Lafayette is catering. Tickets are $25 and please RSVP no later than February 1, 2019 by emailing [email protected] or calling Lee’s cell 1- 904-625-1109.

SATURDAY, Feb 9, 9 am - 5 pm Speakers, Exhibits and Vendors –FREE and everyone is invited!
Schedule for speakers:
9AM: Civil War Heroes by Mike Estel, Author of 11 books and Historian
10:00 AM: MR. U. S. GRANT: A Man & A Patriot! by Dan Haughey East Moline, Illinois. Dan is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and will perform a first person, one-act play focusing on Grant’s early years and rise to Civil War fame as General of Union Armies in the Western in Theatre.
12:00 PM Lunch – BBQ Sandwich, Chips and Soda $5
1:00 PM: President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by George Buss. “No one brings Abraham Lincoln to life more brilliantly. George Buss is a national treasure.” – Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar and chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
2:00 PM: Harriet Tubman by Marlene Rovero, an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar, who will perform a first person letting Harriet tell her story.
3:00 PM: ON THE ALTAR OF THEIR COUNTRY: The Volunteers In The War of the Rebellion by Glen S. Bishop Jr., Civil War historian and lecturer.
4:00 PM: 2 videos loaned by the General John A. Logan Museum, Director Michael Jones: “ Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War (24:30)” and “Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War The Second Year (27:07)”
Highlights include: Civil War Era guns, quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia. All activities during the day are free and everyone is invited.

SUNDAY, Feb 10, 1 pm - 1:00 P.M. Historical Bus Tour: “Lincoln in Anna-Jonesboro.”
Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation by Feb. 6.

SUNDAY, Feb 10, 1:30-3:30 P.M.P.A.S.T. of Union County will host an Open House at
the Heritage House, 102 S. Main Street in Jonesboro, for $5.00 each.

Feb 7-10, Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center125 W Davie St,  Anna, IL THURSDAY, Feb. 7, and SATURDAY, Feb 9, 7:00...
01/31/2019

Feb 7-10, Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center
125 W Davie St, Anna, IL
THURSDAY, Feb. 7, and SATURDAY, Feb 9, 7:00 pm: “Ghost Stories from the Union County Encampments” Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain will discuss the locations of the encampments in Union County and our story tellers will share the stories of visions of men wearing Civil War uniforms traipsing through Union County. For your $5 reservation, please call Lee’s cell 904-625-1109 or email [email protected]. Tickets will be sold at the door.

FRIDAY, Feb 8, 6pm Blue and Gray Dinner – President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will attend and President Lincoln, portrayed by George Buss, is the guest speaker. George Buss portrays Lincoln at the Gettysburg National Park every November 19 to recite the Gettysburg Address and participate in the various events. The Kitchen on Lafayette is catering. Tickets are $25 and please RSVP no later than February 1, 2019 by emailing [email protected] or calling Lee’s cell 1- 904-625-1109.

SATURDAY, Feb 9, 9 am - 5 pm Speakers, Exhibits and Vendors –FREE and everyone is invited!
Schedule for speakers:
9AM: Civil War Heroes by Mike Estel, Author of 11 books and Historian
10:00 AM: MR. U. S. GRANT: A Man & A Patriot! by Dan Haughey East Moline, Illinois. Dan is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and will perform a first person, one-act play focusing on Grant’s early years and rise to Civil War fame as General of Union Armies in the Western in Theatre.
12:00 PM Lunch – BBQ Sandwich, Chips and Soda $5
1:00 PM: President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by George Buss. “No one brings Abraham Lincoln to life more brilliantly. George Buss is a national treasure.” – Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar and chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
2:00 PM: Harriet Tubman by Marlene Rovero, an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar, who will perform a first person letting Harriet tell her story.
3:00 PM: ON THE ALTAR OF THEIR COUNTRY: The Volunteers In The War of the Rebellion by Glen S. Bishop Jr., Civil War historian and lecturer.
4:00 PM: 2 videos loaned by the General John A. Logan Museum, Director Michael Jones: “ Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War (24:30)” and “Caught In The Sweep Of History 1861-1865, Egypt in the Civil War The Second Year (27:07)”
Highlights include: Civil War Era guns, quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia. All activities during the day are free and everyone is invited.

SUNDAY, Feb 10, 1 pm - 1:00 P.M. Historical Bus Tour: “Lincoln in Anna-Jonesboro.”
Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation by Feb. 6.

SUNDAY, Feb 10, 1:30-3:30 P.M.P.A.S.T. of Union County will host an Open House at
the Heritage House, 102 S. Main Street in Jonesboro, for $5.00 each.

Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center, 125 W Davie Street, Anna, IL Check out the Events:THURSDAY, Feb. 7 and SATURD...
01/19/2019

Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center, 125 W Davie Street, Anna, IL Check out the Events:
THURSDAY, Feb. 7 and SATURDAY, Feb. 9 at 7:00 pm: “Ghostly Stories from the Union County Encampments” Dr. Susan A. Whitemountain will discuss the locations of encampments that existed in Union County 1861-1862, and our story tellers will bring to life visions of people who were associated with the camps. Cost - $5. To reserve a seat, please call Lee’s cell 904-625-1109 or email [email protected].

FRIDAY, Feb 8 at 6pm: The Blue and Gray Dinner – President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will attend and President Lincoln, portrayed by George Buss, will be guest speaker. The Kitchen on Lafayette is catering - Tickets are $25. Please RSVP no later than February 1, 2019 by emailing [email protected] or calling Lee’s cell 1- 904-625-1109.

SATURDAY, Feb 9 from 9 am - 5 pm Speakers, Exhibits and Vendors. FREE and everyone is invited! Speakers include Diana Scherer, Dan Haughey, George Buss (President Lincoln), Marlene Rovero, and Glen Bishop

SUNDAY, Feb 10, at 1:00 P.M. - Historical Bus Tour: “Lincoln in Anna-Jonesboro.” Cost - $10. Call Duane Hileman at 618- 833-8745 to reserve a seat by Feb. 6.

SUNDAY, Feb 10, 1:30-3:30 P.M. - P.A.S.T. of Union County will host an Open House at the Heritage House, 102 S. Main Street in Jonesboro. Cost - $5.00 per person.

This is a wonderful event and fun way to learn history! Sunday, January 13, tomorrow at 2 pm.
01/12/2019

This is a wonderful event and fun way to learn history! Sunday, January 13, tomorrow at 2 pm.

January 13, 2 pm: The Play Aquitaine and monologues of Strong, Brave Women.  Welcome to our tribute to the enduring f...
12/21/2018

January 13, 2 pm: The Play Aquitaine and monologues of Strong, Brave Women.
 Welcome to our tribute to the enduring female figures whose achievements have, in one way or another, advanced women’s struggles for equality and the right to vote in 1920.
 A one act play titled AQUITAINE which entails the astounding life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, born the Duchess of Aquitaine into a noble French family. Bequeathed a massive amount of land she battled her entire life to maintain ownership. Inheriting these lands from her father, The Duke of Aquitaine, who died when Eleanor was 15, made her by far the most eligible young woman in Europe and began a life for Eleanor as a bargaining chip in arranged marriages.
 Followed by monologues from strong, brave women of the past: EVE - pre-history, MARY - B.C., BATHSHEBA - BIBLE, Old Testament, ST. JOAN OF ARC - burned at stake 1431 A.D., CLEOPATRA - Queen of the Nile, Last Ruler of Ptolemy Empire 30 B.C., ELIZABETH CADY STANTON - Seneca Fall Address, 1848, died 1902, HARRIET TUBMAN - Underground Railroad - died 1913, ISADORA DUNCAN - died 1927, MADAME MARIE CURIE - Pulitzer Prize for Chemistry & Physics, found use of radium, died 1934, AMELIA EARHART - First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, declared dead in absentia January 5, 1939, GWENDOLN BROOKS - 1917-2000, and ROSA PARKS - Montgomery Bus Sit-Down, 1955, 1913-2005
 Tickets $5. Tickets sold at the door.

12/06/2018

Auditions tomorrow night, Thursday, 12/6 from 6pm - 8pm for Readers Theatre. Great monologues with a great Director! Bring your friends! Please share this post...

Come hear the Christmas Story of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus - featuring a live nativity s...
11/15/2018

Come hear the Christmas Story of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus - featuring a live nativity scene!
Sunday, Nov 18, at 2 pm. It is FREE and everyone is invited. Refreshments and pinatas follow the short play.

Reindeer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov 24, 2018, at 8 AM and 9 AM Kid’s Fun Run at Anna Arts Center, 125 W Davie Street...
11/15/2018
Reindeer 5K

Reindeer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov 24, 2018, at 8 AM and 9 AM Kid’s Fun Run at Anna Arts Center, 125 W Davie Street, Anna, IL. Registration start at 7:15 AM -get a registration form at Kiki’s Coffee House or The Here & Now shop or register online at http://runtosucceed.com/reindeer5k or you can register the day of the event. Plenty of T-shirts for everyone!

Downtown Anna Christmas Holiday Bazaar at the Anna Arts Center, 125 West Davie Street, Anna, IL on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Come find that one-of-a-kind gift! And Kids of all ages are invited to make free Christmas ornaments!

10/30/2018
Anna Arts Center

Anna Arts Center

• TONIGHT, October 30 and 31- Halloween, 7-10 pm: Haunted House of Horrors
 Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare!
 Admission is $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20.
 All proceeds will be split between Anna Jonesboro Community High School Theater Boosters and the Anna Arts Center

10/30/2018

• TONIGHT, October 30 and 31- Halloween, 7-10 pm: Haunted House of Horrors
 Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare!
 Admission is $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20.
 All proceeds will be split between Anna Jonesboro Community High School Theater Boosters and the Anna Arts Center

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10/30/2018

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10/19/2018

A HUGE CONGRATS to the cast and crew of "Spamalot"! If you want to laugh and have fun, don't miss this play performed by local talent. Saturday, Oct 20th at 7pm & Sunday, Oct 21st at 2pm.

• Oct 1 and 2, 5-6 pm Auditions for Las Posadas. The play will be November 18 at 2 pm and it celebrates Joseph and Mar...
09/28/2018

• Oct 1 and 2, 5-6 pm Auditions for Las Posadas. The play will be November 18 at 2 pm and it celebrates Joseph and Mary’s Journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus followed by a reception. The event is free and everyone is invited.
 To prepare for the audition bring something to read for one minute
 If you cannot make the audition time, please contact Lee’s cell 904-625-1109 or email [email protected]

The cast of "Poets On Parade."
09/10/2018

The cast of "Poets On Parade."

Congratulations to the wonderful cast and crew of Poets On Parade on an awesome opening night!Come out to the Anna Arts ...
09/08/2018
‘Illinois Poets on Parade’ to be staged at Anna Arts Center | The Gazette-Democrat

Congratulations to the wonderful cast and crew of Poets On Parade on an awesome opening night!

Come out to the Anna Arts Center tonight at 7pm or tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

See the article in this week's Gazette Democrat.
http://www.annanews.com/news/‘illinois-poets-parade’-be-staged-anna-arts-center

‘Illinois Poets on Parade’ to be staged at Anna Arts Center Thu, 09/06/2018 - 9:19am admin The Anna Arts Center plans to present “Illinois Poets on Parade” as a performance held in conjunction with the state’s bicentennial celebration during 2018. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and...

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