Heritage Hall’s mission is to provide education in and enjoyment of the Arts to the greater Talladega community and facilitate the celebration and understanding of our rich history. The Museum and Arts Center, located in the heart of Talladega's historic Silk Stocking District, has been open to the public since 1979. Housed in the former Jemison-Carnegie Public Library building originally built in 1908, Heritage Hall is outfitted as an exhibition space and historical archive. Architecture buffs will appreciate the soaring 18 foot ceilings and classic interior columns of the Beaux Arts Classic style building, as well as the rare freestanding staircase leading down to the intimate, less formal lower galleries.
Heritage Hall mounts a number of major shows each year in the Main Galleries. Exhibitions focus on individual local and regional artists, group shows with relevant themes, works from Arts Enrichment programs in schools, as well as shows focused on local and county history, self-taught artists working with multiple media, pottery and folk artists. “Living Exhibits”, featuring artists creative exhibits “live” at the museum, are a recent addition.
Heritage Hall Museum and Arts Center also presents an arts enrichment program for elementary age students, which includes “Arts Camp for Kids” and “Art in the Schools”. Art classes, lectures and workshops are offered for arts enthusiasts and students of all ages. Lectures, workshops and cultural events are scheduled year-round, in collaboration with city and local area businesses and institutions. Heritage Hall is widely acknowledged as one of the vital cultural assets of East Central Alabama.