Synovus has played an important role in the civic life of its hometown of Columbus, Georgia, for more than 125 years. In Muscogee County/Columbus alone, the company supports nearly 100 organizations through philanthropic and financial contributions, volunteer hours, in-kind and other types of support. Recently, two of Synovus’ longstanding community partners collaborated to provide an arts opportunity for local schoolchildren.
South Columbus is a Title I school with a high percentage of children from low-income families; Synovus “adopted” the school more than 25 years ago as part of the Columbus Chamber’s Partners in Education initiative. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the Chattahoochee Valley’s premier cultural venue; Synovus has provided financial support for RiverCenter arts programs since the facility opened in 2002.
In October, RiverCenter offered South Columbus arts students a residency with artist Kevin Reese. The students built a 30-foot mobile that will hang in RiverCenter’s lobby through the first of the year. As part of the residency, which was underwritten by Synovus, students also attended Reese’s performance of A Perfect Balance and the installation reception. After the mobile is removed, it will be reassembled into smaller pieces and installed at the Uptown Center for the Arts and the Synovus Center.
As a Partner in Education, Synovus focuses its efforts at South Columbus on career development; academic success; life enrichment; and faculty/staff development. Through this residency at RiversCenter, Synovus is proud to have played a part in enriching the lives of South Columbus students as only the arts can.