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Full list of 81 groups getting $795,000 in Ga. Council for the Arts grants

The Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has announced more than $795,000 in grants to 81 arts and cultural organizations across the state for for fiscal year 2016.

Forty seven of the groups receiving funds are based in metro Atlanta.

The funding for arts projects (Project Grants) or operating support (Partner Grants) comes from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eleven organizations also received support for arts education programs.

“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,” GCA executive director Karen Paty said.

State funding for the GCA has declined sharply since peaking in 2002 at $4.5 million. After years of cuts, Georgia has been ranked near or at the bottom in the U.S. in terms of its legislative appropriation to its state arts agency, according to National Assembly of State Arts Agencies figures.

In its preview of fiscal 2016 legislative appropriations to state arts agencies, the NASAA projects Georgia as spending spend 9 cents per capita, 48th in the country. Florida tops the South at $2.09. The projected top state is Minnesota, with a $6.47 state expenditure on the arts per capita.

A complete list of the Georgia Council for the Arts' fiscal year 2016 grantees is below (* denotes metro Atlanta organizations):


*7 Stages: $5,000, for production of a new play, “The Boy Who Smiled”; plus $3,000 for arts education

AthFest Inc.: $5,000, AthFest

*Atlanta Master Chorale: $5,000, for Alzheimer’s disease arts collaboration

Augusta Players: $5,000, Camp Wonderland

*Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta: $5,000, for Sequential Art for Youth

*Burnaway, $5,000, editorial program

Carrollton Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department: $5,000, for arts & crafts festival; plus $3,000 for arts education

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, $5,000, for Columbus Children’s Book Festival

City of Savananh, $5,000, for gallery exhibits

Colquitt County Arts Center: $1,200, for Spring Dance Festival

Creative Arts Guild: $5,000, for Festival 2015

*Fabrefaction Theatre Company: $5,000, 2015 fall semester conservatory/show

*Georgia Ballet Inc.: $5,000, for “The Nutcracker” 2015

*Marietta Chapter S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.: $5,000, for Real Men Sing

Meriwether Educational and Community Improvement Foundation Inc.: $3,000, for Meriwether County Murals

Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild Inc., $2,500, for art for youth

*Peach State Opera Company, $5,000, for “Don Giovanni” tour

Pike Historic Preservation, $5,000, for SlowExposures 2015

Savannah Ballet Theatre: $5,000, for “The Nutcracker”

*Sawne Artists Association: $5,000, for Forsyth County Children’s Art Fair

South Georgia Ballet: $5,000, for outreach education; plus $3,000 for arts education

Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives: $5,000, for ArtSmart

*The Essential Theatre, $5,000, for 2015 Essential Theatre Play Festival

*Theatre du Reve: $5,000, for “Celles d’en Haut” (“Women From on High”)

*Theatre-To-Go Inc.: $5,000, for Senior Scenes

University System of Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Arts Connection: $5,000, for 2015-16 season

University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, $5,000, for educational outreach programs

Wilcox County Arts Council, $1,087, for Photography 101 workshop

*WonderRoot Inc.: $5,000, for “En Route,” community-based mural project with MARTA

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus: $5,000, for All Star Strings Summer String Camp

*Zoetic Dance Ensemble: $5,000, for Zoetic Mixtape: Women’s History Month


*ART Station Inc.: $10,000

*Alliance Theatre: $10,000

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government: $10,000

*Atlanta Ballet Inc.: $12,500

*Atlanta Boy Choir: $15,000

Augusta Symphony Inc.: $10,000

*Aurora Theatre $12,500

*Ballethnic Dance Company $10,000

*C4 Atlanta Inc.: $10,000

*Center for Puppetry Arts Inc.: $10,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

*Clayton State University/Spivey Hall: $10,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

*Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra: $10,000

Columbus Philharmonic Guild Inc.: $10,000

*Dad’s Garage Inc.: $20,000

*Dance Canvas Inc.: $12,500

*Flux Projects Inc.: $12,500

*Full Radius Dance: $10,350

*Georgia Ensemble Theatre: $20,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

*Georgia State University, Rialto Center: $10,000

*GloATL Inc: $12,500

Helen Arts & Heritage Center: $10,000

*High Museum of Art: $10,000

*Horizon Theatre Company Inc.: $10,000

Morgan County Foundation Inc., dba Madison Morgan Cultural Center: $10,000

*Moving in the Spirit: $25,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

Museum of Arts and Sciences Inc.: $20,000

Otis Redding Foundation: $10,000

*Out of Hand Theater: $10,000

*Out on Film: $10,000

*Phoenix Theatre Academy Inc.: $10,000

Rachel Longstreet Foundation: $10,000

*Reforming Arts Inc.: $10,000

Sautee Nacoochee Community Association: $10,000

Savannah Music Festival: $12,5000; plus $4,800 for arts education

Savannah Philharmonic: $10,000

*Serenbe Institute, Serenbe Playhouse: $20,000

Springer Opera House Arts Association Inc.: $10,000

Statesboro Arts Council, Averitt Center for the Arts: $12,500

Telfair Museum of Art: $10,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

*The Atlanta Opera: $10,000

The Columbus Ballet: $10,000

*The Creatives Project Inc.: $20,000

*The Michael O’Neal Singers: $10,000

*The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia: $12,500

*The Wren’s Nest: $15,000

Thomasville Cultural Center Inc.: $10,000

*True Colors Theatre Company: $10,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

University of Georgia Museum of Art: $10,000; plus $4,800 for arts education

*Voices of Note Inc.: $10,000

*VSA Arts of Georgia Inc.: $15,000

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