The center has a full kitchen and a meeting room that will seat from 90 to 110 people. It houses three museums, the Felsenthal Lincoln Collection, the Haywood County Museum and the Haywood County Sports Museum.
Betsy Thornton is the Cultural Arts Supervisor for the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department. She has an office in the historic College Hill Center building. Mrs. Thornton has also been the director for the Brownsville-Haywood County Arts Council since 1993. The partnership between these two organizations has been advantageous for both - making the local arts council more visible and active through its participation in community programs and partnerships.
The Arts Council, comprised of the supervisor and a 20-member board, meets monthly to plan and implement programs for the community.
Among the events they sponsor is the Arts in the Schools program that plans events for the county's six schools each year. Students have enjoyed productions such as Showagon of Theatre Memphis's "Grimm Forever After," which was presented to kindergartners; "Shakespeare Express" for high school students; UT Martin's Steel Band's presentation of "Musica Celebrations of Africa" for middle school and junior high students; and The Art Center of Cannon County's productions of "School House Rock" and "Ransom of Red Chief."
The Arts Council also offers:
An annual Christmas program that includes musical presentations by school choirs, a visit from Santa, a Train Village, holiday collections, etc.
An annual free concert on the lawn of College Hill
A three-event season ticket package
Samples of past events are the community production of "Annie," the community musical "A Broadway Review," Springer Theatrical of Columbus, Georgia, on tour with "Closer Walk with Patsy Cline," the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Center of Cannon County has brought "Driving Miss Daisy" and "God's Man in Texas."
The Arts Council also presents a Haywood High School graduating senior, majoring in the fine arts, with a $1,000 scholarship each year. Recipients may apply for additional scholarship money in their sophomore, junior and senior years of college if they retain a 3.0 GPA and continue as an art major.
The Arts Council has been fortunate to receive grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission to help fund many events. Grants have helped with programming, technical assistance, touring artists and Tennessee artists.