LSPA awarded facilities grant

Published 10:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts (LSPA) 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, according to a press release from LSPA.

The funding was used to reduce sound interference between the dance studios and provide a better learning environment at LSPA, located at 214 Bull Street, in downtown LaGrange.

“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.

“We’re overjoyed to receive a Cultural Facilities Grant award of $23,213 from Georgia Council for the Arts to support our operations. This grant will allow us to provide a more energy-saving, safer environment for our students to learn in and to hone their skills as dancers,” said LSPA Executive Director Kerri Vice.   

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.