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News: Georgia Council for the Arts awards funding to 84 entities through Vibrant Communities grant

The World's Folk Art Church, which Howard Finster built, in his Paradise Garden.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities grant. Eighty-four entities in 64 counties received $300,000 in funding, including the Griffin Ballet Theatre, the Paradise Garden Foundation, Allied Arts and Winder-Barrow Community Theatre, Inc.

Karen Paty

“The Vibrant Communities grant supports incredible art programs that are happening in communities across Georgia,” said GCA executive director Karen Paty. “This grant program is one of many ways that GCA works to support the meaningful work of artists and arts organizations throughout our state because a thriving arts community creates vitality, improves education and contributes in significant ways to local economic and community development.” 

GCA received 123 applications requesting more than $467,000. Applicants included libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theaters, Boys & Girls Clubs and more. The Vibrant Communities grant is available to organizations in counties that did not receive an FY18 Project, Partner or Arts Education grant.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses peer review panels to adjudicate applications following National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) precedent. Peer review panels include fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed or are Georgia citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. 

Click here to view the list of FY18 Vibrant Communities grant recipients.

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