Downtown Augusta Highlights

The small business community is the backbone of downtown Augusta. In an increasingly homogenized world, it is these businesses that give Augusta’s central business district its one-of-a-kind flavor.

Westobou + Shaolin Jazz + ALMA Present CAN I KICK IT?


CAN I KICK IT? is a film experience catered to the lovers of Kung-Fu flicks, the music they inspired and everything else in between. At each event cult classic and contemporary martial arts/action films are screened and scored (scene-by-scene) with a blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and more mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. The result is a live, remixed soundtrack to the movies using music to complement the dialogue and story line while also incorporating special DJ techniques to accentuate elements in certain scenes. To get a better sense of the experience, click here to check out a quick video about CAN I KICK IT?.

CAN I KICK IT? will be taking place in the parking lot directly behind The Soul Bar, Wier/Stewart, The Book Tavern, Nacho Mama’s, Stillwater Taproom, Loop, Pho Ramen’l, Tacocat, and Tire City Potters. Between 9th and 10th Streets and Ellis Street in beautiful Downtown Augusta. Thanks to all the local business for their support of this event. Support them by buying their food & drinks and bringing them to the screening of CAN I KICK IT?!

"We Feel Good" - Jessye Norman School of the Arts Homeschool Class  2021

The DDA is proud to share "We Feel Good" - the project culmination for the Fall 2021 Homeschool Teen Sessions Video Promotion class at Jessye Norman School of the Arts. This project was launched as a way to engage JNSA students with downtown Augusta as a destination and its visitors as a resource.

Total class time was around 16 hours, which included location shoots, the interview, expert visits, and in-class editing time. Liam completed editing on this video with a few hours of additional at-home work time, the logo and credit slide was added afterward. The students in the class, Liam Lamont, Sophia Collins, and LeBron Willingham all followed essentially the same process, using Liam's completed work to represent the class.

JNSA worked with community expert resources and would like to extend a special thanks to: Class Instructor: Jacob Boland, Augusta Culture Consumer: Alex Sigers, Experts: Chris Rucker, KRUHU; Katherine Bonner and Margaret Woodard, Downtown Development Authority; Mark Albertin, Scrapbook Video Productions; Mark Jenkins, Victor Kamanga, and Chris Walker, Impact Media Group

Agent About Town Episode 4

Our Executive Director, Margaret Woodard, had the opportunity to sit down in December 2021 with Austin Taylor of Austin Taylor Insurance Agency for his "Agent About Town" series. Find out more about Austin's initiative to spread the word about small businesses and take a look at the rest of his videos here.

Making Spirits Bright: Downtown Augusta Decorations Crawl


The Downtown Development Authority and Augusta & Co. were thrilled to present our 3rd annual Christmas lighting contest in December 2021, bringing holiday cheer to Augusta’s Downtown in a unique and special way. Over twenty five businesses took part and helped light up Downtown throughout December. Congratulations to the following award winners:

Most Whimsical: Flowers on Broad
Most Original Use of Lights: Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C.
Funniest: Tech4Success
Best Theme: Wier/Stewart
People's Choice Award: Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. and Land of Thee