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Georgians for the Arts

Featured News

  • Governor Kemp Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Georgia Governor Kemp Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month October is National Arts and Humanities Month – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, which started in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access …
  • Celebrate Arts and Humanities Month!
    October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2021 GA Economic Impact Fact Sheet Released
    The Arts Action Fund released an updated “Why the Arts Matter in Georgia” Fact Sheet for 2021. The Fact Sheets summarize the full impact the arts have on Georgia; it serves as an excellent advocacy tool to share with supporters and policy-makers throughout the state.

Election 2021

  • House District 165 Arts and Culture Questionaire
    Starting September 24, all candidates running for Georgia House District 165 were contacted to complete a short arts and culture survey. The purpose of the survey was to collect their positions on a variety of topics. Candidates Sabrina Green-Kent and Edna Jackson responded. Alternatively, candidates Clinton Cowart, Antwan Lang, and Clinton Young were unable or unwilling to respond after several attempts.
  • Edna Jackson, Candidate House District 165
    As Mayor of Savannah, I initiated the construction of the Cultural Arts Center in Savannah, which provides performance space, gallery space, workrooms, instruction, and more for would-be artists of all ages to learn and perform, and for all of Savannah to have a space to appreciate the arts. This particular facility has been recognized nationally.
  • Sabrina Greene-Kent, Candidate House District 165
    I am Sabrina E Greene-Kent a lover of All Art and Music. Raised with parents that kept me along with my siblings grounded in Arts & Music. I have hidden talents that only a few know about. Because of both my parents I was a honor student in art and having Ms. Cohen as my art teacher further enhance my skills, while attending Wilder Middle School.
  • Roswell Election 2021 Arts and Culture Questionnaire
    Roswell Arts Fund asked all local candidates to respond to an Arts and Culture Questionnaire. This brief questionnaire was created by RAF as the designated Art Agency for City of Roswell and along with our peers in Atlanta, Savannah and many other cities all around the country, to give candidates an opportunity to inform the community about where they stand on advancing the arts in our city.
  • Atlanta Mayoral Forum
    Live from Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center hosted a live-streamed Atlanta Mayoral Forum on the Arts Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Mayoral candidates Andre Dickens, Kasim Reed, Felicia Moore, Antonio Brown, and Sharon Gay attend. The event was moderated by Rose Scott, an award-winning journalist, …

Legislative Updates

  • Senate Appropriations Committee Releases NEA Funding Details
    Americans for the Arts, October 20. On Monday, unexpectedly, Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) released the texts of 9 of the appropriations bills, as a way of kick-starting some activity around them. Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Leahy are negotiating how to advance the bills further in the …

State Advocacy Campaigns, Events, Petitions, and Surveys

  • Art and Economic Prosperity Partners Wanted
    Georgians for the Arts is seeking partners throughout the State of Georgia to help with the Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) research project led by Americans for the Arts.
  • Poll: Would you purchase a “Support The Arts” Georgia license plate?
    The Georgia Legislature approved legislation for the production of a license plate highlighting the arts and to provide financial benefits to the Georgia Council for the Arts. If a “Support The Arts” license plate was available, would you purchase it?
  • New Option For State Tax Refund To Support GCA
    During the upcoming 2022-23 Georgia legislative session “H.R. 821: Georgia taxpayers to make certain voluntary contributions to Georgia Council for the Arts”, a bi-partisan bill, will advance through the House of Representatives and, ideally, be taken up by the State Senate. This legislation will give you, the Georgia taxpayer, the option to donate all or part of your state tax refund to benefit the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Federal Advocacy Campaigns, Events, Petitions, and Surveys

  • Support the Creative Economy Revitalization Act!
    CERA is a $300 million dollar program that will mitigate creative worker displacement, stimulate local creative workforce growth, strengthen connections for local creative small businesses and networks, create a pipeline for new creative jobs, enrich communities, increase access to culture, and invest in creative workers and local economies harmed by COVID-19.
  • Support Arts Education!
    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) lists the arts and music—alongside reading, math, and a host of other subjects—in the federal definition of a “Well-Rounded Education”. Senate report language described the arts as “dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts, and other arts disciplines as determined by the State or local educational agency.”
  • Cosponsor the WORK NOW Act
    The WORK NOW Act is a targeted, pandemic-recovery bill to help organizations retain their employees, scale their service delivery, and put newly unemployed people back to work serving their communities by infusing $50 billion into the nonprofit community across the country to get people back to work and make sure nonprofits are able to meet the needs of the populations they serve.
  • Cosponsor the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act
    In March 2020, Congress enacted a $300 charitable deduction for cash gifts from nonitemizers for 2020. Since then, the amount of charitable giving—especially of gifts less than the $300 cap—has seen a significant increase. According to data from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP), individual giving in 2020 increased 7.3 percent, compared to 2019, and the number of donors increased by 10.6 percent.

Featured Member News

  • Savannah Mayor Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Mayor Van Johnson Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month October is National Arts and Humanities Month – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, which started in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access …
  • Chatham County Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Chair Chester Ellis Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month Reporting from Georgians for the Arts member Arts and Culture Alliance of Chatham County, October is National Arts and Humanities Month – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, which started in honor of the twentieth …
  • Macon Mayor proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Mayor Lester Miller proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month Reporting from Georgians for the Arts member Macon Arts Alliance, October is National Arts and Humanities Month – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, which started in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National …
  • Greater Augusta ArtsCity Festival / Sept. 17-19, 2021
    ArtsCity Festival is a mini version of the popular Arts in the Heart Festival and will be held on September 17, 18, 19, 2021 in Augusta, GA. ArtsCity Festival will still offer great music on two stages, over 80 juried fine artists booths and ten international food booths with authentic …

Artist Spotlight

Organizational Spotlight

  • Alexis Smith Thomason (Covington, Newton County)
    The Artist known as Alexis Smith Thomason (formerly Mieke) became interested in art at the age of four. Her mother brought her a set of Prang Watercolors after she showed precocious tendencies in art when she was a child—and she has been painting ever since! She spent a great deal …
  • Savannah Jazz Association (Savannah, Chatham County)
    For 39-years, the mission of the Coastal Jazz Association (DBA Savannah Jazz) has been: To promote, present, preserve and perpetuate the art form known as Jazz through a series of community and regional events, programs, and activities. In carrying out this mission, Savannah Jazz will: Encourage the development of jazz …

Other GA4Arts News

  • Arts Advocacy Regional Roundtable – Macon
     by Julie Wilkerson On Monday, September 16, ArtsGeorgia and the Macon Arts Alliance hosted the first in a series of regional Arts Advocacy Roundtables at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Macon for a discussion about local, state and national arts advocacy related topics. The local arts and business …
  • Arts Advocacy Roundtable – 2019
    ArtsGeorgia convened the 2019 Arts Advocacy Roundtable along with our co-hosts, C4 Atlanta, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Chatham County and the United Arts Front at the Woodruff Arts Center in June 2019. This latest roundtable included advocates from Atlanta, Columbus, Decatur, Macon, Marietta, Milledgeville, Rome and Savannah, plus …
  • Arts Advocacy Roundtable – 2018
    ArtsGeorgia convened the first Arts Advocacy Roundtable at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in June 2018. Representatives from Georgia’s arts and culture nonprofits with active advocacy programs from the Atlanta-Metro area, and from as far away as Savannah were at the table. Members from ArtsGeorgia, C4 …

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