The 567 was founded by New City Church, which began holding services at the Cox Capitol Theater in 2008. The church needed additional space for Sunday morning children’s activities and other things, so they rented a small space at 567 Cherry Street.
New City Church’s leadership wanted the space to be more than a Sunday space, they wanted a space that served to connect the community and benefit the city. After talking to many people in Macon to understand the city’s history and hope for the future, New City began developing The 567 to be a place where New City and Macon could together celebrate the arts.
The original 567 was a huge success in helping to enjoy and shape our downtown’s culture and community as the city united to enjoy music and art. The dream grew, The 567 became its own 501(c)(3), and in 2010, the church and The 567 moved to a much larger building at 533 Cherry Street. With the move came greater opportunities to help downtown Macon grow and thrive through art, music, and business.
The church and The 567 have both grown tremendously since then, and it is no longer feasible for The 567 and the church to share space. In 2016, The 567 purchased its own building at 456 First Street and looks forward to growing and impacting downtown even more in the coming years.