Georgia Council for the Arts Funding
ATLANTA – July 8, 2020 – The Stockbridge Main Street Program was awarded a grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021. One hundred and forty-eight organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding for operating support (Partner Grant), arts projects (Project Grant), or an Arts Education Program Grant. Additional grants in the Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities program areas will be awarded in the Fall of 2020.
“This initial round of funding awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts serves to support the critical work arts organizations and artists are doing in communities to foster connectivity, rekindle joy, and support lifelong learning during these dynamic times,” said GCA Executive Director Karen Paty. “Knowing the challenges faced by our colleagues across the state due to the impact of COVID-19, it was particularly hard to not be able to fund all deserving applicants. The applications we reviewed provided evidence of continued exceptional arts programs in support of education, community development and economic development offered by arts organizations throughout the state. The staff and Board of GCA celebrate that work in all 159 counties, whether or not we are financially able to support it through these grant programs.”
The Stockbridge Main Street Program will use the funding to kick-off its public arts program. “This Georgia Council for the Arts grant brings us closer to our goal to bringing vibrancy and excitement to our downtown area,” said Kira Harris-Braggs, Stockbridge Main Street Program Manager. “We want to do this through various forms of public art. This downtown addition will serve as our catalyst project and first step toward activating our downtown beautification efforts. The mural’s close proximity to the new Stockbridge Amphitheater, City Hall, and the future cultural arts center, will ensure that it is seen and enjoyed by everyone who ventures downtown.”
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 judge and review applications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. 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. A complete list of fiscal year 2021 grantees in these program areas can be found at https://gaarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/FY21-Grantees.pdf
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.
City of Stockbridge Newsletter Submission
Downtown Mural Unveiled
Inclement weather did not stop the City of Stockbridge from cutting the ribbon on a new mural at the corner of Harrell Drive and North Henry Boulevard. Connecting Community is the first of the five murals that are planned for the City’s downtown area as a part of the Stockbridge Main Street Downtown Mural Project. “It is our goal to bring vibrancy and excitement to our downtown area,” said Kira Harris-Braggs, Stockbridge Main Street Program Manager. “We want to do this through various forms of public art. This downtown addition will serve as our catalyst project and first step toward activating our downtown beautification efforts. The mural’s close proximity to the new Stockbridge Amphitheater, City Hall, and the future cultural arts center, will ensure that it is seen and enjoyed by everyone who ventures downtown.”
In 2020, Main Street was awarded a $6,000 grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts (www.gaarts.org), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, to help cover the costs for a mural installation in the downtown area. However, COVID-19 precautions delayed the project’s start until early 2021. John Christian, a Hapeville, Georgia-based artist, was commissioned to paint the piece and a mural design steering committee was formed to help guide the project.
Since 2014, Christian has been painting public murals in small towns across the state. These works have increased in number and evolved into what is now known as the Georgia Mural Trail (www.georgiamuraltrail.com). The city of Stockbridge is the 47th stop on this self-guided, statewide tourist attraction. Some of the other cities along the Trail include Cave Spring, Clarksville, Cedartown, East Point, Greenville, Hiawassee, Jasper, Manchester, Millen, Newnan, Rome, and Warm Springs. Visit the Trail website for a map and listing of all the mural sites.