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GCA is pleased to announce the FY16 Vibrant Communities grantees. Download list of grantees.


Tourism Product Development Funds Awarded to 11 Georgia Communities. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has awarded $130,000 in product development agreements to 11 tourism and art entities across the state.  Georgia Tourism and the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) have partnered for the past three years in order to continue to maximize the state’s Tourism Product Development program. Read the full press release here.


GCA Announces FY15 Grants. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today announced the recipients of its Partner and Project grant funding for fiscal year 2015. Seventy – two organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded approximately $750 thousand in funding for operating support (Partner Grant) or arts projects (Project Grant). Eleven organizations also received support for exceptional arts education programs. Read the full press release here.


Governor Deal Announces Arts Education Task Force. Arts Learning Task Force will work to make Georgia a leader in education innovation, governor says. Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the Arts Learning Task Force to improve student achievement through the creation of robust arts learning environments. This task force will provide recommendations regarding the implementation of arts education into k-12 classrooms and conduct an examination of existing model arts education initiatives in Georgia and other states. Read the full press release here.


Regional Arts Education Research Released.  The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) announced the release of research reports that investigate arts education in Georgia, as well as the entire southeast. The reports,Arts Education in the South Phase I: Public School Data and Principals' PerspectivesandArts Education in the South Phase II: Profiles of Quality, study the quality of and access to arts education in K-12 public schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee through quantitative and qualitative research.  The reports are produced by South Arts and Southeast Center for Education in the Arts. Read the full press release.


GCA FY2014 Grants Announced.  Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) has awarded grant funding for fiscal year 2014 to 66 organizations throughout the state. Just under $1 million in funding will be distributed for operating support (Partner Grant) or arts projects (Project Grant). Nine organizations also received support for exceptional arts education programs. Additionally, three performing arts entities were accepted onto GCA’s Touring Artist Roster. Read the full press release.


GCA Internship Opportunities: Apply Now! Georgia Council for the Arts currently has two internship opportunities available for the Fall semester. Applications are being accepted for Grant Programs, and State Art Collection Interns. Internship opportunities are open to undergraduate or graduate college students. Individuals who have graduated within the past year or less may also be considered. 


Arts Specialty License Plate Now Available. Georgia has a new way to show support for the creative industry throughout the state.  Georgia Council for the Arts invites all state motor vehicle owners to support the arts by purchasing an arts specialty plate. The agency is currently accepting reservations for the plate which has been approved for manufacture by the motor vehicle division of the Georgia Department of Revenue. Ten dollars from the sales of each plate will generate an additional source of revenue for the state arts agency which will use the funds to support arts programs in communities statewide. (More...)


GCA Director to Participate in Economic Forum. Join GCA Director Karen Paty in Athens at the 2012 Georgia Forward Forum. The theme of this year's annual event is "New World, New Georgia: Re-visioning Statewide Prosperity." Learn how Georgia is finding success in today's global economy and what statewide prosperity should look like.  On Wednesday, September 12, Paty will participate in a panel discussion that explores the future of rural Georgia and how the arts play a significant role in the development of sustainable communities. Find out more about the Georgia Forward Forum, the panel presentation and other topics of discussion. (More... )


Office of the Governor and Georgia Council for the Arts Partner for State Capitol Exhibition.A call for entries has been announced for "The Art of Georgia: Celebrating Georgia's Landscapes and People," an exhibit that will showcase current work of contemporary artists and hang at the State Capitol. This is the first art exhibit hosted by Georgia Council for the Arts and demonstrates the agency's effort to support Georgia's talented pool of individual artists. The initial call for work deadline, from artists who live in northeast Georgia, is July 20, 2012. (More... )


Three Georgia Cities Named Top Arts Destinations for 2012. Readers of AmericanStyle Magazine voted three cities in the state as top arts destinations in the publication’s 14th annual readers poll. The list includes Atlanta (#8), Athens (#18) and Savannah (#6) in the mid-size city category.(More... )