LaGrange Art Museum Receives Two Grants – LaGrange Daily News


The LaGrange Art Museum receives two grants

Posted at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022

ATLANTA — The LaGrange Art Museum (LAM) has received two grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its first grant installment for fiscal year 2023. The museum received an education grant of $5,000 and a transition grant of $12,750.

“We are very grateful for our continued partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts. The Bridge Grant provides operating support, which is the hardest money to raise,” said Laura Jennings, executive director of the LaGrange Art Museum.

“The Arts Education Grant will continue a long-standing outreach program we offer to communities with economically vulnerable children who have limited access to the arts. Our goal is to improve literacy through arts education,” Jennings said.

Programs were delivered this spring and summer to kindergarten, first and second graders through the LaGrange Housing Authority after-school enrichment program and the Unity Elementary summer school program of Meriwether County.

The $5,000 education grant is a matching grant, so LAM must also provide $5,000 for the continuation of this program.

LAM is the only arts organization in Troup County to receive funding this year.

LAM received high praise from the panel of peers who reviewed the grant applications.

Among the praise was LAM’s continued dedication to curating the biennial Southeast Regional Exhibition which provides community access to contemporary art, and its provision for free admission and free monthly art-making events for families.

LAM’s board was praised for its financial stability and for assessing the strategic steps needed to undertake a fundraising campaign for a much-needed renovation.

A total of 213 organizations received 253 grants that provide more than $3.1 million in funding to arts organizations statewide.

The Transition Grant will provide operating support funding to 134 organizations, the Project Grant will help fund 59 arts projects, and the Arts Education Program Grant will be distributed to 60 organizations.

“The arts sector has proven its resilience over the past two years, and it has played a major role in restarting the economy by attracting tourism, bringing communities together and facilitating classroom learning as we let’s inspire the workforce of the future,” said Georgia. Tina Lilly, Executive Director of the Arts Council.

Funds granted by the Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) uses peer review committees to judge and review nominations according to standard practices established by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA Council members and experienced professional colleagues in the artistic discipline or type of grant under review, or are citizens with a history of artistic activity, experience, and knowledge.

Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges, and multidisciplinary arts entities.

The LaGrange Art Museum is located at 112 Lafayette Parkway.

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