Over 50 Years of Artistic Excellence
The Woodruff Arts Center opened in 1968. Originally named the Memorial Arts Center, it was established as a tribute to the 122 Atlanta arts patrons who died at Orly Airfield in France while journeying home from an arts tour in 1962. At the time, the plane’s passengers represented nearly all of Atlanta’s cultural leadership. Out of this tragedy, the concept of establishing a unified arts center emerged to realize the aspirations of those we lost: for Atlanta to be a premier destination for arts and culture.
Today, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to three world-class artistic institutions: The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. The Arts Center enriches the lives of more than 800,000 patrons annually, including more than 170,000 students and teachers, making the Woodruff Arts Center the largest arts educator in the state of Georgia.
With world-class visual and performing arts as well as robust educational programming presented on a single campus, the Woodruff Arts Center brings together patrons of all ages, interest levels, and backgrounds.
The Woodruff Art’s Center’s mission is to inspire, create, support, and celebrate renowned arts and education for diverse audiences through a unique model of partnerships and collaborations, and in an institutionally sustainable manner.
Atlanta's Home for World-Class Art
The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the GRAMMY Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), and the High Museum of Art, one of the leading art museums in the Southeast. The Woodruff Arts Center serves as Atlanta's cultural cornerstone, offering world-class art to the community on one campus in the heart of Midtown.
Leading the Way for Arts Education
The Woodruff Arts Center serves as the #1 arts educator in the state of Georgia. Our Art Partners' education programs foster the innovation, creativity, and critical thinking skills that 21st-century students need to be successful.