For Immediate Release
Conyers, GA – Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts (CRCA) was awarded a Bridge Grant by Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2023. A total of 213 organizations were awarded 253 grants that provide more than $3.1 million in funding to arts organizations throughout the state. The Bridge 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 last two years, and it has played a major role in restarting the economy through attracting tourism, bringing communities back together, and aiding classroom learning as we inspire the workforce of the future,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “The 253 grants we have awarded will help cities and organizations bring more people back to work while enhancing the qualities that make Georgia so special.”
“On behalf of the CRCA volunteer Board, as well as the arts council’s dedicated administrators, volunteers, patrons and other community supporters, I express deep appreciation to Georgia Council for the Arts for entrusting us with this grant award,” said Derwin Daniels, Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts’ Board of Directors President. “The Bridge Grant will help us strengthen the work we do, so that we can continue providing quality, creative programming for our audiences.”
Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts is the only community arts agency exclusively serving Conyers and Rockdale County. Major programs include the CRCA Black Box Theater, Preschool+Pops: Children’s Performance Series for All Ages, ArtSmart Summer Camp, Public Art Program, Black Heritage of Rockdale County Program, children’s and disabled theater education programs, Music Performance and Education Program, and an annual student photography contest.
“We are deeply appreciative for the leadership and support Georgia Council for the Arts has provided and continues to provide the arts community as we continue to navigate this unpredictable time. CRCA is honored, once again, to be recognized by GCA as a significant contributor to the arts in Georgia. The Bridge Grant will allow us to continue our current programs and aid in expanding a new program this year,” stated Executive Director Shelli Siebert.
Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) uses Peer Review Panels to judge and review applications 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 2023 grantees in these program areas can be found here.
About Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts
The Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts is the only source of high quality, diverse performing and visual art programs for the general public in Rockdale County. CRCA’s mission is to connect neighbors, cultivate artistic expression, and celebrate our community’s stories through the power of creativity and the arts. For more information on CRCA, visit https://conyersarts.org, connect on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or call 770-922-3143.
About Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a strategic arm 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. Visit www.gaarts.org for more information.
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, 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. Visit www.georgia.org for more information.