Arts programs awarded funds

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(photo www.griffenballettheatre.org)

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Arts Clayton, a community-service arts agency promoting Georgia artists with an eye toward Clayton County and south metro Atlanta, has chosen recipients for grants from its Grassroots Art Program (GAP).

The grants, funded by the Georgia Council of the Arts with money from the Georgia General Assembly, are part of a statewide arts program aimed at providing equal access to the arts for Georgians all around. GAP provides up to $2000 per organization through the grants for Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and Spalding counties. By supporting those projects just starting out, GAP hopes to provide funds during the "gap" period between startup and the point when an organization can become self-sufficient or apply directly for funding from larger funding agents.

To be picked for funding, projects must be accessible to the general public and provide a cash match of the grant for half of the total project cost. In determining awardees this year, consideration was given to those art projects with a commitment to "excellence, accessibility, education, collaboration and support for local artists."

A sampling of those projects selected for funding: Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center, African American Philharmonic, Festival Ballet, Griffin Ballet Theatre (pictured above), "Speak on It" Film Making Workshops for Teens, Fayette County Society for Fine Art … and many more.

Visit the Arts Clayton website for more information about GAP.

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