Hogansville awarded Cultural Facilities grant from Georgia Council for the Arts

Published 12:00 pm Friday, October 29, 2021

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HOGANSVILLE –  The City of Hogansville announced Thursday that it has been awarded a Cultural Facilities Grant by 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 help restore the historic Royal Theater in downtown Hogansville.

“The work of our arts organizations are 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.

“The hard work of our staff and the efficacy of the Theater project were the ingredients of a successful grant application,” said Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz. “We look forward to this project becoming a cornerstone of a revitalized Downtown.”

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.

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

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