Arts & Culture
Have a strong love for the arts? So does Rome and Floyd County!
A fabulous art community supports Rome/Floyd County. Not only can you find art displayed through the community, but Rome is also home to some great local artists. Whether it is murals featured around town, knitting decor displayed around downtown.
Our community is home to the Historic DeSoto Theatre and numerous college theatres.
Rome Little Theater-
Born of the American Little Theatre Movement, Rome Little Theatre is proud to be one of the oldest community theatres in the country. From its founding in 1933 to its WWII hiatus and its 1956 revival, and from its residencies at the Gordon Theatre and the Maple Street Community Center to its current home at the Historic DeSoto Theatre, RLT is woven artfully into the rich, historical fabric of Rome, Georgia.
For decades, RLT has been committed to entertaining, engaging, and educating our community through the practice and promotion of the theatre arts. Our success is built on the generous contributions of generations of volunteers, donors, and patrons.
The mission of RLT is to present amateur theatrical productions, encourage interest in drama, and contribute to the cultural and educational life of the community. RLT is an active supporter of the Arts in Rome and Floyd County.
River Arts District Playhouse - The RAD, the River Arts District playhouse was founded by the Rome Shakespeare Festival and was first used as an additional venue space during the 2018 Rome Shakespeare Festival. After a successful and hilarious production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged, RSF made the decision to produce a Season Subscription at the intimate playhouse. The Playhouse has now become the indoor venue for Rome Shakespeare and has a full Season of Shows, monthly Comedy Nights, special events and can be used for private rentals.
Rome International Film Festival
Rome Shakespeare festival
Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival
Cave Spring Art Festival
Cave Spring Baconfest and Car Show
Wings Over North Georgia Show
Ellen Axson Wilson ArtFest
The Museums Around Floyd County
Rome/Floyd County is supported by a great art community. Whether it is murals featured around town, knitting decor displayed around downtown. Not only can you find art displayed through the community, Rome is also home to some great local artists.
The Rome Area History Museum was founded in 1996. The private, nonprofit organization promotes cultural and historical awareness of the Rome, GA area to the local community and visitors to Northwest Georgia. The principal goal of the Rome Area History Museum is to provide cultural and educational enrichment for residents and visitors through a visual chronological history of the area. Permanent exhibits include Native Americans and earlier settlers, through the Civil War, and then the development of Rome's culture, life-ways and industries. The museum is filled with original documents such as maps, blueprints, photos, personal letters and business records that paint a picture of Rome's rich history.
The E.C.O. Center is a joint department of the City of Rome and Floyd County and exists to provide natural resource education to the residents and visitors of Rome and Floyd County. Due to the amount of water that Rome withdraws from its rivers for consumption and use, the City and County are federally mandated to provide water quality and related education to the community. Through a combination of educational programs, family-friendly events, self-guided tours, and a knowledgeable staff, the E.C.O. Center is able to effectively fulfill its purpose. However, the E.C.O. Center views its existence as an incredibly unique and fun opportunity for visitors to see and experience the importance of wildlife and natural resources.
A plantation house, museum and beautiful gardens are located on the former property of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College. The museum includes various exhibits describing the history of Berry College and Martha Berry and was featured in the Reece Witherspoon film "Sweet Home Alabama."
The Music Around Rome and Floyd County
The oldest symphony in the South, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, has been a vital part of the musical culture of our community since its beginning in 1921. The Rome Symphony Orchestra provides quality orchestral concerts in their subscription series, providing four classical and two informal outdoor concerts to the community. The RSO continues to be a notable leader in the regional Arts community by virtue of the outstanding leadership of its Board, the orchestra's fine musicians, and community support. Comprised of professional musicians and lead by Music Director and Conductor Richard Prior, the Orchestra employs local professors, teachers and graduate students. In collaboration with local colleges, universities and high schools, the RSO performs a variety of classical and pops/light classic concerts. Dr. Sam Baltzer currently services as the RSO Artistic Director.
The Three Rivers Singer community chorus was organized in the spring of 2000 to provide the Rome area with opportunities for local singers to participate in choral music and add to the community's cultural richness. The all-volunteer non-profit organization relies totally on (tax-deductible) donations to meet expenses.