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Georgians for the Arts

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  • Support HB 821 / Georgia Taxpayer Option To Make Contributions to Georgia Council for the Arts
    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.

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State Advocacy Campaigns, Events, Petitions, and Surveys


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

  • Arts on Fire
    In 2017, the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County created its first public art initiative in a community where there was no public art. The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought, and to prompt discourse.
  • Savannah Mayor Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access to the arts at local, state, and national levels, encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to participate in the arts, offering opportunities for local leaders to show their support of the arts, and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
  • Chatham County Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access to the arts at local, state, and national levels, encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to participate in the arts, offering opportunities for local leaders to show their support of the arts, and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
  • Macon Mayor proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access to the arts at local, state, and national levels, encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to participate in the arts, offering opportunities for local leaders to show their support of the arts, and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
  • 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

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Town Hall Series
    In the creation of a strategic plan for 2017-2022. Since that time, the world has radically changed. In order to make sure that GCA is changing to address the issues that our artists, arts organizations, cities, schools, libraries, etc. are facing now, we are asking for your input as we start to plan GCA’s post-COVID work.
  • Governor Kemp Proclaims October as Arts and Humanities Month
    Arts and Humanities Month celebrates access to the arts at local, state, and national levels, encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to participate in the arts, offering opportunities for local leaders to show their support of the arts, and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
  • 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.
  • 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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