Manchester, GA. – October 25, 2021 – THE PRESIDENT THEATRE today announced it has been awarded a Cultural Facilities Grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Ten entities in nine counties statewide received grants through the 2022 program. The funding will be used to upgrade the sound system and backline at THE PRESIDENT THEATRE.
“The work of our arts organizations is vital as recovery from COVID-19 continues, and by ensuring that the facilities where art and cultural events occur are in good condition, Cultural Facilities Grants will allow these organizations to focus on their primary mission,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “We are happy to announce this funding, which will not only help support work of our grantees as they reconnect and engage with Georgians of all ages, but aid in the economic vitality and vibrancy of our communities.”
GCA received 39 Cultural Facilities Grant applications from arts organizations and municipal arts facilities across the state.
“Georgia Council of the Arts has been a supporter of The President Theatre, Inc since the reopening in 2018. The funds received from the Cultural Facilities Grant will be used to upgrade the sound systems at the Theatre. The original plan for the Theatre was to offer movies and theatrical performances, but we received overwhelming feedback from the community to offer more concerts.
The generous support from GCA will help us reduce the cost of bands by offering a full backline system. This will provide more funds to hire more artist and increase the amount of programming we offer the community. I would also like to thank, Jerry Loftin for providing the matching funds for the grant. The board of directors are so humbled by the support we receive from the community,” said Lin Jordan, Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Grant applications were reviewed by Peer Review Panels, which included fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed or are Georgia citizens with a record of involvement in arts activities, experience, and knowledge.
Funding for Cultural Facilities Grants is provided through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
Georgia’s creative industries have a reported $62.5 billion impact on the economy, generating roughly $37 billion in revenue and accounting for about 200,000 jobs in the state.
About Georgia Council of Arts Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. www.gaarts.org
About GDEcD The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. www.georgia.org