Arts organizations in Georgia are revitalizing dormant downtowns, developing an innovative workforce, and creating vibrant communities that attract and retain businesses and drive tourism. Our thriving creative economy contributes to Georgia being not only an ideal place to do business, but also an incredible place to live and explore.
Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations in Georgia
The Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) from Americans for the Arts is an economic and social impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry conducted at the state and national level. The study found that 19,734 jobs are supported by the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Georgia, with nonprofit arts and culture spending totaling $1.3 billion in 2022.
“Investments in arts and culture not only enhance the quality of life, but also stimulate economic development. By supporting the arts, companies attract and retain talent and create an environment where creativity, businesses, and communities thrive.”- AEP report
Georgia Council for the Arts Supports Community Growth Through Arts Funding
Arts and creativity are an economic engine for Georgia. The arts strengthen economic health by creating jobs in multiple industries, driving tourism, and providing opportunities for young people.
GCA provides a variety of grants to support programs that enrich communities and strengthen the arts sector in Georgia, including education and literacy programs, facility restoration and enhancements, rehabilitation programs, and much more.
From July 2022 to June 2023, GCA awarded 345 grants amounting to $4.8 million. These grants supported 3,382 jobs and touched every corner of the state.
Community Impact Stories
Seven Stages – Atlanta
With support from Georgia Council for the Arts, 7 Stages produced quality performances that inspired the imagination, provoked dialogue and interaction, and spoke to the social, political, and spiritual themes of our age. In concert with productions, we implemented curriculum… Continue readin
JapanFest – Atlanta
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and with the mission to improve the understanding and appreciation of the bonds between Japanese and American culture in the Southeast United States, JapanFest would not be possible without the support of the Georgia Council… Continue reading “Japa
Andrew’s College – Cuthbert
Over 100 members of the community turned out for the Arts Around the Square to support Cuthbert’s local artists and students. Art exhibits in two historic buildings downtown abounded with the artwork of faculty, students, local artists, and visiting artists.… Continue reading “Andrew&
University of Georgia, Georgia Museum of Art – Athens
The GCA grant provided much needed general operating support, so that the museum could move forward with its plans for FY18. These included 16 temporary exhibitions, 11 long-term installations of the permanent collection, and 57 lectures, artists’ talks, gallery talks… Continue reading &ldq
Otis Redding Foundation – Macon
The funding the Foundation received from the GCA allowed the Foundation to build further programming at the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts, offer scholarships and introductory sessions for young musicians to experience lessons and workshops at the the Center,… Continue reading “O
Okeefenokee Heritage Center – Waycross
We are so proud to have been chosen as a recipient for this grant. Thousands of people in our area have been effected by this show and the OHC during the development of this program. More people are coming to… Continue reading “Okeefenokee Heritage Center – Waycross&rd
Mary Willis Library – Washington
The GCA grant allowed us to purchase enough art supplies and projects to hold monthly workshops for kids and 3 nursing homes in our community. Without the GCA grant we would not be able to provide workshops to any of… Continue reading “Mary Willis Library – Washington”
Horizon Theatre Company – Atlanta
Funding from GCA allowed us to provide high-quality, professional programming for our 43,000+ diverse audience members from across the state, supporting eight full professional productions of contemporary plays that reached patrons from a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds…
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council – Fitzgerald
The Train Mural is a part of a successful initiative to improve the look and feel of the Historic Downtown Area of the City of Fitzgerald, GA. The location of the mural is in the heart of the Historic Downtown… Continue reading “Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council – Fitzgerald”
Colquitt Miller Arts Council – Colquitt
Funding through GCA helps us keep our ticket prices low and allows to avoid charging participation fees to our casts, allowing us to continue with our Cotton Hall mission to “involve as many people as possible in a theatrical experience… Continue reading “Colquitt Miller Arts Coun