The Georgia Council for the Arts awarded AthFest Educates, a local nonprofit, two grants to help fund the organization’s community arts and education programs, according to a news release. Together, the grants are worth more than $10,000.
AthFest Educates is a nonprofit music and arts education organization that serves K-12 youth in Athens-Clarke County by providing grants to local education programs. They hold two annual fundraisers, the AthFest Music & Arts Festival and the AthHalf Half Marathon & 5K.
The organization received a $6,000 arts project grant for the 2023 AthFest music and arts festival, which features local musicians, artists and vendors each summer. According to the press release, GCA funds will be used for the production costs of the festival.
In addition to this grant, the organization received an arts education grant of $4,860 for the Stroud Elementary Afterschool Violin Program. AthFest Educates provided the grant to form the extracurricular orchestra program in 2021, funding the cost of instruments, instructors, and student transportation.
The program, in partnership with the University of Georgia Community Music School, offers a limited number of students in grades three through five at Howard B. Stroud Elementary two lessons per week for 20 weeks.
The GCA is part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and its grants are funded by the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The arts sector has proven its resilience over the past two years, and it has played a major role in restarting the economy by attracting tourism, bringing communities together and facilitating classroom learning as we let’s inspire the workforce of the future,” said GCA. executive director Tina Lilly in the press release.
The GCA has awarded 253 grants that provide more than $3.1 million in funding to arts organizations in Georgia.
AthFest Educates has awarded more than $532,000 in grants to community arts and music organizations, according to their website. Their funds go to educators for programming costs, equipment, and professional development.