Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Arts Clayton Names Grant Recipients for Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding Counties

Arts Clayton has announced its annual Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) grants to organizations in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding Counties. Over the next year, the projects of thirty-one organizations will be partially funded through the GAP program. South Side area organizations received grants totaling over twenty-six thousand dollars as part of the statewide Grassroots Arts Program. Each project was selected for their proposal to provide new art experiences for the community or to expand existing art programs and reaching out to new audiences.

The Grassroots Arts Program is funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly to ensure all Georgians have access to the arts activities which enrich our lives. Every Georgia County receives an equal per-capita allocation. Arts Clayton was once again selected by the Georgia Council for the Arts as a Grassroots Agency to administer this exciting program for the ten counties in the Southside region for fiscal year 2009. Arts Clayton, as the appointed re-granting agency, is responsible for promoting, collecting applications, developing, coordinating and administering the program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding Counties in accordance with State regulations.

This statewide arts program is designed to encourage local collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations, in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. Funding is open to any non-profit organization or unit of local government. Ideally, Grassroots Arts Projects create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts. GAP also aims to have a positive impact on overall community development in these growing counties. Funded projects must be accessible to the general public, must provide 50% of the total project cost as a cash match for the grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2009.

The Grassroots Advisory Committee of 20 volunteers representing all ten counties in the region, met October 25th to determine and recommend funding allocations. The Committee, which was comprised of individuals with a variety of backgrounds in areas such as tourism, as artist, educators, journalists, business owners, retired military, political representatives, homemakers, and medical professionals, faced a very difficult task with over $70,000 in art grant funding requests and only $47,674.63 available to re-grant.

Primary consideration was given to applications reflecting art projects with a commitment to EXCELLENCE, ACCESSIBILITY, EDUCATION, COLLABORATION and SUPPORT FOR LOCAL ARTISTS. Projects with the potential for lasting impact and positive change took precedence. Funded projects for fiscal year 2009 are:

BUTTS COUNTY: Butts County Parks and Recreation Department, Summer Art Series; Jackson-Butts County Public Library, Summer Reading and Arts Program

CLAYTON COUNTY: City of Riverdale, Riverdale Playhouse Production; Friends of Clayton County Library, “Families Create Art” and “CAT” Community Art Treasures; Hearts to Nourish Hope, Original Production created by Hearts Youth; Pointe South Middle School, International Art and Culture Festival; Rainbow House, “Through A Child’s Eyes” Exhibit

COWETA COUNTY: Centered on Masterworks Chorale, “Music of the Masters; Coweta Community Foundation (Patrons of the Centre), “Annie Get your Gun”; Southeastern Ballet Company, Holiday Spectacular

FAYETTE COUNTY: Association of Village Pride, Kwanza, A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture; Fayette County Society for Fine Art (FSOFA), Spring Art Exhibit; Peachtree City Civic Ballet, The Nutcracker

HENRY COUNTY: Atlanta Festival Ballet, Dancing on the Square; Henry Arts Alliance, Visual Arts Camp and Workshops; Henry County Board of Education, Henry County Arts Festival; Psi Alpha Omega, Art Exhibit; Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, English Masterworks Concert

JASPER COUNTY: Monticello Better Home Town Program, Restoration / Enhancement of BearLax City Mural; Monticello Little Theatre, Production of “Dearly Beloved”

LAMAR COUNTY: Lamar Arts Organization, Youth Art Camp

NEWTON COUNTY: Covington/Conyers Choral Guild, Performance of “Mass for Children”; Newton County Library, Creative Arts Series; Southern Heartland Arts, Artful Harvest Fall Exhibit

ROCKDALE COUNTY: Conyers/Rockdale Council for the Arts, “ART” Theatrical Production; New Depot Players, “A Gift of Mystery” Theatrical Production; Peachtree Academy, Youth Art Series

SPALDING COUNTY: Camelot Theatre, Radio Story Drama; Closer Look Ministries, “IMAGINE” Storytelling Festival; Griffin Area Arts Alliance, “Arts Alive” Weekly Radio Broadcast; Griffin Choral Arts, Spring Concert “Sweet Lovers Love the Spring”; Main Street Players, Free Night of Theatre- Audience Outreach and Development

For further information about these and other local art related events, be sure to check the Community Arts Calendar of Events at the Arts Clayton website, www.artsclayton.org.
For additional information about GAP or to put your name on the GAP mailing list to receive future information for this region contact: Arts Clayton, PO Box 669, Jonesboro, GA 30237 / PH: 770-473-5775 / FAX: 770-473-5422 / email: artline@artsclayton.org.
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