ATLANTA, July 7, 2015— The Creatives Project was awarded a $20,000 grant from Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today as part of its Partner and Project grant funding for fiscal year 2016. A total of eighty – one organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded just over $795 thousand in funding for operating support (Partner Grant) or arts projects (Project Grant). Eleven organizations also received support for exceptional arts education programs.
“Each year GCA staff and grant review panelists are overwhelmed by the commitment to and execution of incredible artistry exhibited by our applicants, as well as the deep impact that the programs and services delivered by these organizations have in their local communities. This grant cycle was no different,” said GCA executive director Karen Paty. “We are proud to be able to support the work of organizations around the state that exemplify the role of the arts in community development, economic development and education.”
The grant will help increase our paid staff capacity to improve our current impact and prepare for expansion to other communities in Georgia and nationally. It will also enable us to launch the long awaited 'visiting-artists-in-residence' component for our 'Creative Community Housing Project.' This is HUGE because it will enable us to bring nationally and internationally known artists to our state for local residencies. Supporting up to four reputable artists to spend significant time in Georgia to create work, teach students, and inspire local artists and community members, will be a unique and deep way to engage artists of national/international caliber.
Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to adjudicate applications following National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) precedent. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience, and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. The full list of grantees for fiscal year 2016 can be found on gaarts.org.
About Georgia Council of Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.