Lake Country Arts is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization formed in 2013 after a 2012 Georgia Department of Economic Development tourism development study found Eatonton’s unique literary history, quaint town, historic homes and location in Georgia’s “Historic Heartland” made it ideal for a tourism-based economy, specifically tourism based on the arts.
LCA functions as an umbrella organization with two subsidiaries: The Georgia Writers Museum (GWM) and The Artisans Village (TAV), both established as separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations. All three entities have a separate Board of Directors comprised of experienced business and non-profit leaders and dedicated community volunteers.
GWM and TAV were created to stimulate the revitalization of downtown Eatonton and economic development in Georgia’s Lake County in general. GWM is dedicated to honoring Georgia authors, with a special emphasis on three famous local writers: Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker of The Color Purple fame. TAV is committed to highlighting the rich cultural heritage, diversity and uniqueness of Georgia artisans. Both of these projects rely on private funds and grants.