City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

Published: March 23, 2016

 City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

Annual PRELUDE Event Recognized by Atlanta Regional Commission



The City of Lawrenceville’s signature summer event, PRELUDE, received the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 2015 CREATE Community Award for its focus on Arts & Culture through a partnership with the Aurora Theatre.

For over ten years, the City has hosted the PRELUDE celebration on the eve of July 4th as a way to honor America’s Day of Independence. Each year, before the stunning display of fireworks, the event features an outdoor stage performance hosted by Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre. With past productions like Camelot, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and South Pacific, the City of Lawrenceville and the Aurora Theatre continue to bring Tony Award winning classics to life in Downtown Lawrenceville.

“We are honored to receive this distinguished award as it recognizes Lawrenceville’s commitment to local and regional excellence,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Promoting community development through artistic and cultural approaches attracts economic investment, a strong workforce, and new visiting populations to our community.”

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Arts & Culture award is presented to the local government that “advances creative place making and cultural opportunities in their community through the implementation of arts related concepts in programs, policies and projects.”

“For 20 years, the Aurora Theatre has developed unique programming meeting the needs of our constantly evolving community,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. “Cities that embrace arts and culture activities increase their economic viability and establish their community’s competitive advantage.”

An ARC Board Presentation and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 23rd in the Amphitheater at the Loudermilk Center for Regional Community in Atlanta. Mayor Johnson and Anthony Rodriguez were in attendance at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of the City of Lawrenceville.

“Lawrenceville takes pride in developing award-winning programming for the community,” said Lisa Sherman Director of Community and Economic Development. The regional and national recognition invites tourism revenue to the City, yielding economic growth which is the ultimate goal.”

Make plans to visit Lawrenceville to experience the family friendly events taking place throughout 2016:

April 1st                 Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

April 8th                Movies on the Lawn – Jurassic World

May 7th                 FREE Comic Book Day

May 13th              Movies on the Lawn – Back to the Future

May 27th              Summer Concert Series – Samantha Stroh and Josh Dorr

June 3rd                 Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

June 10th              Movies on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

June 24th              Summer Concert Series – The Return – A Beatles Tribute Band

July 1st                  Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

July 3rd                  PRELUDE to the 4th

July 8th                  Movies on the Lawn – An Affair to Remember

July 16th                ArtsFest Gwinnett

July 29th                Summer Concert Series – R&B, Inc.

August 5th            Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

August 12th          Movies on the Lawn – Grease

August 26th          Summer Concert Series – Departure – The Journey Tribute Band

September 2nd     Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

September 10th   Paws in the Park

September 17th   Rock’n Ribville

September 30th   Summer Concert Series – Wild Honey and Dream Police

October 28th        Spooktacular on the Square

November 24th    Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 10th     Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas Parade

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and City events, visit

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About the City of Lawrenceville

The City of Lawrenceville is the Capital City of Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, with a population of just over 29,000 citizens and a youthful median age of 32. Lawrenceville works to preserve its heritage while pushing ahead to ensure excellence for the future. From state-of-the-art medical, educational and governmental facilities, to thriving business, cultural, and recreational opportunities, Lawrenceville serves as home and host to individuals and families who come here from around the globe. 

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 About the Aurora Theatre

Aurora Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Performs, C4 Atlanta, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Commerce Club, Suwanee Business Alliance and Duluth Merchants Association.

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