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Jekyll & Hyde, Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA

Vibrant Communities Grant Guidelines Available

The Vibrant Communities grant will fund arts projects in counties in which no organization received an FY20 GCA Project, Partner, or Arts Education Program Grant. The complete list of eligible counties is available in the guidelines. This grant will fund programs such as performances, exhibits, residencies, workshops, festivals, etc. The grant is open to any non-profit organization, government entity, library, school, college or university located in an eligible county.  Applicants may request $1,000 to $5,000 and the grant requires a 50% cash match. The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019. 

To accompany the guidelines, GCA assembled a list of artists and arts organizations that have programs for which a community could request support. GCA will offer a Vibrant Communities applicant training webinar on August 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Click here to register. A recording of the training webinar will be available online. If you have questions, please contact Sanaa Furqan at or 404-962-4837.
Work Selected for The Art of Georgia III Exhibit, Patterson Farm, Janet Newton, Douglasville, GA

The Art of Georgia Call for Entries Is Now Open

The Office of the Governor, in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts, is pleased to announce the first call of Governor Kemp’s Administration for The Art of Georgia IV: Imaging Home; Landscapes. With this new call, for the first time, the program has been expanded to include The Governor’s Mansion. Please view the submission guidelines for detailed information regarding each exhibit. Work is currently being sought from artists living in the northeast part of the state. The submission deadline is August 27, 2019.
2019 Poet Laureate's Prize Winner and Finalists,
with GCA Executive Director Karen Paty,
Georgia Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn,
and Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize Winner and Finalists Honored by Governor Kemp

Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia's Poet Laureate, Chelsea Rathburn, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts, recently announced the winner and finalists of the sixth annual Poet Laureate's Prize.

“I am honored to recognize these distinguished students who have shown tremendous talent and creativity through poetry,” said Governor Kemp. “Their poems put a spotlight on the importance of literary arts across our state.”

The prize is awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. This annual program is designed to encourage students in grades nine through twelve to write original poems and engage in the art form of poetry. The winner and four finalists who were selected by Chelsea Rathburn were honored by Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Poet Laureate at the Georgia State Capitol on June 4, 2019.

“Reading the submissions to the Poet Laureate Prize, I was amazed by both the quality and variety of poems being written by students across the state. It’s clear that Georgia’s young poets have much to say about their experiences, their communities, and the issues that matter to them, and that they have teachers who are dedicated to the literary arts,” said Georgia's Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn. “What sets our prize winner and finalists apart is their awareness of what poetry can do over other forms of written expression. Their poems use surprising language, charged images, and careful, expressive lines. I’m excited to see where their writing takes them in the future.”

“The art of writing, and the ability to convey thought and emotion that compels readers in thirty lines or less, are skills that will serve these students throughout their lives,” said Karen Paty, Executive Director of Georgia Council for the Arts. “Every year, I am amazed by the work submitted by young poets across the state, and we are incredibly proud to have this opportunity to honor the talent, effort, and creativity of this remarkable group of students.”


Marylou Sutherland 
Hillgrove High School 
Marietta, Georgia


Rohini Bose 
Lambert High School 
Suwanee, Georgia

Aanika Eragam 
Milton High School 
Milton, Ga.

Jenna Keeler 
Cass High School 
White, Georgia

Sarah Lao 
The Westminster Schools 
Atlanta, Georgia

Through a partnership with Atlanta Magazine, all winning and finalist poems are featured on their website. Click here to read the poems.

All Georgia high school students are encouraged to participate in this annual competition. Students interested in participating in next year's program should check for details about the 2020 competition on the Georgia Council for the Arts website in the fall of 2019. The annual submission deadline is at the beginning of spring. Click here to learn more about the program.

Out of Hand Theater, Atlanta, GA

GCA FY19 Partner, Project, Arts Education, and Vibrant Communities Grant Final Reports Are Due

Now that the FY19 Partner, Project, Arts Education, and Vibrant Communities grants have concluded their funded year, final reports for all FY19 grants are due. 

Final reports and CRR forms for the final 10% of the grant award are due no later than 30 days after the end of the funded project. For Partner Grants, 30 days after the end of the funding period is July 31, 2019.

Also, GCA wants to remind all grantees to thank their state legislators for grant funds allocated for FY19. Without the commitment of the Governor and the General Assembly, these grants would not be possible.

If you have questions about grant final reports or payment processing, please contact Sanaa Furqan, Grants Administrative Coordinator, at or 404-962-4837.

Professional Development Opportunities

•  Join Georgia Thespians for the Georgia Theatre Educators Conference, August 23-24, 2019, at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center in Marietta, GA. The Georgia Theatre Educators Conference includes a variety of hands-on workshops taught by theatre professionals for beginner teachers, experienced teachers, and everyone in between. The registration fee includes two days of workshops, lunches, an evening networking reception, and a keynote speaker presentation from a field expert.

•  Produced by South Arts, the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange will be September 23-26, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. Join hundreds of fellow performing arts presenters, performers, agents, managers, and presenting and touring industry professionals for four days of networking, artist showcases, professional development, and time in the Marketplace. Registration is now open.

• The Audience Building Summit is a new conference bringing together some of America’s most prominent voices in the expanding field of audience development. In addition to sharing best practices, this conference helps arts leaders develop strategies for new revenue, energized patrons, and greater community impact. In the new world of audience building, marketing directors, development directors, and executive directors collaborate to increase patrons, diversity, artistic excellence, and long-term sustainability. Hosted in Columbus, GA, the Audience Building Summit is October 17-19, 2019. Visit their website for additional details and to register.

•  As the state’s premier annual STEM/STEAM event, the Georgia STEM/STEAM Forum brings together leaders, innovators, and champions from across the state who are unified by a passion to advance excellence in STEM /STEAM education for all students. The 2019 STEM/STEAM Forum will be held at the Classic Center, in Athens, GA, on October 20‐22, 2019. Visit their website for more information and to register.

•  The 2019 Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Fall Educators Conference will take place November 14-17, 2019, at Young Harris College, in Young Harris, GA. The conference theme is Layers: Creative Conversation & Collaboration. Attendees can make hotel reservations now. Additional details are available on the conference website.

•  The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) will host their annual conference on January 23-25, 2020, at The Classic Center in Athens, GA. Registration is now open for GMEA members. 

•  The 2020 Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Annual Conference will be held in Columbus, GA, on January 26–29, 2020. This year the conference will be a joint event co-hosted with the Alabama Museums Association. Visit the GAMG website for more information and to register.
A Student Performs at the 2018 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities

GCA Seeks Nominations for the 2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities

GCA is seeking nominations for the 2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities. The Governor’s Awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service to the arts and humanities. Presented by the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities, the Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in these fields. The nominations deadline is July 31, 2019. View the nomination guidelines and forms on the GCA website for details.

Jo Fassnacht, Raven Perched on a Hard Hat,
GCA State Art Collection

GCA Cultural Facilities Grant Guidelines Available

GCA's new Cultural Facilities Grant will support the construction, renovation, or acquisition of an arts building, or the addition of equipment to support arts programs. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $75,000 and include a match requirement. The application deadline is August 29, 2019. See the application guidelines for more details. If you have questions, please contact Tina Lilly at or 404-962-4827. 
Four artists on GCA's Teaching Artists Registry: (clockwise from top left) Marquetta Johnson, Joseph Reed, Serenbe Playhouse, and Alliance Theatre Institute

GCA Welcomes New Artists to Georgia Teaching Artists Registry

Congratulations to the 13 teaching artists recently added to the Georgia Teaching Artists Registry

The new artists' profiles will be added to the Georgia Teaching Artists Registry online, but until that work is complete, please visit the available web pages for the new artists on the Registry: Akua TaylorAlliance Theatre InstituteCharne Furcron, Cody Goss, Derrick JacksonErin MitchellEvan LeeJames BarketJoseph ReedMarquetta JohnsonRobert Drake, Suehyla El-Attar, and Tim Habeger

GCA will continue to add new teaching artists to the registry. The Teaching Artists Registry application form for artists to be added in 2020 will be available online later this year. If you have questions about the Registry or the application process, contact Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, at 404-962-4839 or

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta, GA

GCA Announces FY20 Partner, Project, and Arts Education Grants

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) recently announced the recipients of its Partner, Project, and Arts Education grants for fiscal year 2020. One hundred and thirty-five organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding. Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. A complete list of fiscal year 2020 grantees can be found here. To find out more about Georgia Council for the Arts’ annual grant programs please visit

The timeline for FY20 grant contracts and payment processes is below:

July 2019 - GCA makes grant announcements and distributes contracts to grantees

August 2019 - Grantees return signed contracts and other required documents to GCA; Grant contracts and supporting documents are processed by GCA staff and forwarded to the GDEcD accounting department to set up grantee accounts

September 2019 - After contracts are processed and grantees have incurred the requisite amount of expenditures (at least double the grant funds being requested), grantees may submit a Contractor's Request for Reimbursement (CRR) for up to 90% of the grant award; Initial CRR forms are processed by GCA staff and forwarded to the GDEcD accounting department for payment processing

October-December 2019 - Date range when grantees may expect to receive payment for initial CRR forms submitted in September, depending on the time required to set up accounts and process payments

October 2019-June 2020 - Grantees may continue to submit CRR forms to request payment of the grant award up to 90%; Payment processing and delivery usually takes 4-6 weeks

Final Reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project.  For Partner Grant recipients, that means Final Reports are due July 30, 2020.

If you have questions about grant contracts or payment processing, please contact Sanaa Furqan at or 404-962-4837.

More Arts News, Opportunities, and Research


•  Thrillist recently reported results from a new ranking of the best 25 U.S. cities for creative professionals. Two Georgia cities finished in the top ten, including Savannah at No. 1 and Atlanta at No. 7.
•  GCA offers our sincerest appreciation to ArtsNow for organizing and hosting the Teaching Artist Training at the Center for Innovative Teaching in Winder, GA, on June 20, 2019. GCA also offers our thanks to the talented and inspiring facilitators, Jeff Mather, Pam Walker, Marquetta Johnson, Allison Upshaw, Dave Holland, Meghan McFerrin, and Barry Stewart Mann. And thank you to all of the participants for bringing great energy and enthusiasm to the training and for making it a productive and enlightening day.

•  GCA is developing an entirely new website which should go online this fall. The web address will remain the same - - however, the page structure will be completely new, so navigation and file paths will require adjustments. Look for an announcement this fall with more details.

•  Beginning this past winter with Elbert Memorial Hospital, GCA inaugurated a new initiative, entitled Creative Healing, hanging curated exhibits of Georgia’s State Art Collection in rural hospitals. An exhibit in Washington County Regional Medical Center opened in May and a new exhibit will open at South Georgia Medical Center Berrien Campus later this summer. Two additional exhibits are being planned for hospitals in South Georgia for late fall/early winter.

•  As a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, GCA has internship opportunities available. College or university students interested in an internship at GCA should review application details here. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to both of the following email addresses: and


• South Arts is accepting letters of interest for their new grant program supporting "Arts &..." initiatives. Cross-Sector Impact Grants is a new grant program that supports partnership projects. For FY20, eligible projects will feature “Arts & …” initiatives -- for example, arts & the military, arts & aging, or arts & community revitalization. Matching grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. The deadline to submit a letter of interest is July 18, 2019.

•  Rural communities are invited to submit applications to the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design to host a local rural design workshop or participate in a learning cohort. The application deadline is July 22, 2019.

South Arts is now accepting applications for Jazz Road Tours, which is designed for emerging and mid-career artists. Jazz Road Tours supports three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. The application deadline is August 1, 2019.

•  National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Our Town, the creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. The application deadline is August 8, 2019.

• The Fox Theatre Institute is accepting applications for their Preservation Grant Program. The goal of the program is to award funding for historic theatres in the state of Georgia. The 2019/2020 FTI Grant cycle has a postmark deadline of August 15, 2019. Application materials will not be accepted electronically or after the postmarked date deadline.

•  U.S. Artists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. USArtists International provides grants of up to $15,000 to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets. The next application deadline is September 5, 2019.


• A recent study from the University of British Columbia examined the association between music education and academic achievement in grades 7, 10, and 12. Several recent articles have explored the academic benefits of music education highlighted in the study, including stories in Forbes, Pacific Standard, and Discover

• A new study out of the University of Chicago explored the association of arts education and social-emotional learning outcomes. Recent summaries of the study have been published by Americans for the Arts, Education Week, and Education Dive.
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