ATLANTA – July 8, 2020 – Artportunity Knocks was awarded a grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development,as part ofits initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021. One hundred and forty-eight organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding for operating support (Partner Grant), arts projects (Project Grant), or anArts Education Program Grant.Additional grants in the Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities program areas will be awarded in the Fall of 2020.
“This initial round of funding awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts serves to support the critical work arts organizations and artists are doing in communities to foster connectivity, rekindle joy, and support lifelong learning during these dynamic times,” said GCA Executive Director Karen Paty. “Knowing the challenges faced by our colleagues across the state due to the impact of COVID-19, it was particularly hard to not be able to fund all deserving applicants. The applications we reviewed provided evidence of continued exceptional arts programs in support of education, community development and economic development offered by arts organizations throughout the state. The staff and Board of GCA celebrate that work in all 159 counties, whether or not we are financially able to support it through thesegrant programs.”
“During these unprecedented times, it’s encouraging for our organization to receive an award of this magnitude which will support our digital arts initiative during COVID-19,” said Ty Woods, CEO of Artportunity Knocks.
Artportunity Knocks’ online learning academy is for students who are homebound due to COVID-19. As a digital arts initiative to prevent learning loss, students will receive free live classes taught by artists and certified teachers on various subjects including numerous forms of Art and STEM.Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriationsfrom the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to judge and reviewapplications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed, or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities.
A complete list of fiscal year 2021 grantees in these program areas can be found at https://gaarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/FY21-Grantees.pdf
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.
About the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.
About Artportunity Knocks Inc.
Artportunity Knocks’ was founded in 2009 with the mission to empower youth to make positive and smart choices while increasing opportunities in the Arts, Education, Community Service, and Bridging Cultures. Since inception, Artportunity Knocks has provided tens of thousands of STEAM education classes, Arts Integration professional development, signature camps, afterschool programs, seminars and community service initiatives. The organization specializes in being a “one-stop shop” for over a dozen forms of STEM and Arts including: visual art, dance, acting, musical theater, filmmaking, music production, and robotics, as well as a thought leader and advocate for Arts Integration in Education.
For more information about Artportunity Knocks please visit www.artportunityknocks.org.