The Dawson County Performing Arts Center is a 13 million dollar facility, that contains a theater that can seat approximately 1000, as well as classrooms and rehearsal halls for the art, band, chorus, and theater programs. The facility has a wonderful lobby area, containing restrooms, a ticket booth, and a concession preparation room.
The performing arts center features the latest technology for lighting, sound reproduction, stage facilities, integrated projection, and video display systems. The theater even includes an adjustable orchestra pit area and two elevators. The center also has up to date internet access through wired and wireless access points throughout the facility.
The performing arts center was funded by voter approved Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST). The performing arts center is also being funded by a private donation. Acting upon the wishes of the Pauline S. Ivey Revocable Living Trust, Trustee Betty Ann Bagley gave a donation of $400,000 to the Dawson County Board of Education to go toward the school system's art program. Ms. Ivey, a Cumming resident with close Dawson County ties who passed away in 2014, had the trust created in March of 2012. The donation was divided, with $300,000 earmarked to furnish the performing arts center and $100,000 being used at all Dawson County schools for student art supplies.
The performing arts center is located on the Dawson County High School campus, 1665 Perimeter Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.