Georgia organizations awarded state funding

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was one of 132 organizations that received funding. (Source: WALB)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was one of 132 organizations that received funding. (Source: WALB)

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) announced Monday the recipients of its Partner, Project and Arts Education grants for 2019.

A total of 132 organizations throughout Georgia were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding.

Organizations awarded funding include:

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton 
  • Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission, Valdosta 
  • Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, Morgan 
  • North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Lumpkin 
  • Okefenokee Heritage Center, Ware County 

Sixty-three organizations across Georgia were awarded a Partner grant. The Project Grant, which supports art projects, was awarded to 36 organizations. Thirty-one organizations received the Arts Education Program Grant and two received funding for Literary Art Programs.

Funds awarded by the GCA include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Georgia is home to a dynamic arts and culture community and the work done by artists and arts organizations across the state fuels the cultural identity and vitality of communities of all sizes and in all regions of Georgia," said Karen Paty, GCA executive director. "Each of the artistic programs we reviewed were extraordinary, and while we are unable to fund each one, the impact of the work we have been able to support is far-reaching, providing access to the arts and spurring economic activity throughout our state."

The GCA uses peer review panels to review applications following National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) guidelines. Panelists are GCA council members and fellow professionals experienced in the arts discipline, familiar with the type of grant being reviewed, or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience, and knowledge.

Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. A complete list of fiscal year 2019 grantees can be found here.

To find out more about Georgia Council for the Arts' annual grant programs please visit

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