Roswell offers seed money for arts services

Contracts worth up to $5K to groups that enrich city

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ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell’s Cultural Arts Board (CAB) has established al program of support for Roswell nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through its Contracts for Cultural Services program, offering cultural groups between $1,000 and $5,000.

The idea is to provide seed money and support for the programs that best enrich the community and deliver services that the city wants to encourage.

“It is something the Cultural Arts Board has aspired to start for some number of years,” said Morgan Timmis, historic and cultural affairs manager for the city. “We are the local arts administration office of the city, and this is a typical function for local arts administrations across the country.”

Other than the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council, this is the only such local government-based program for support of arts and cultural organizations in the metro area.

Timmis emphasized the contracts were open only to organizations, not individuals.

“It's a way to stabilize and nurture and enhance our existing arts and cultural organizations,” Timmis said. “And also to attract new organizations to the community.”

The CAB has established various service priorities which include programs that develop and employ local artists and encourage underdeveloped art forms such as dance or literary works.

CAB also wants to broaden participation by attracting more people or diversify participation by attracting audiences that differ from those the organization is already attracting.

Finally, CAB wants to deepen participation by increasing current participants’ levels of involvement.

One of the primary purposes of this new program is to level the playing field for all Roswell-based arts and cultural organizations so those which already receive significant support may not be eligible.

The Mayor and City Council will have final approval for projects receiving funding.

“As the numbers of participants increase, it benefits the local economy,” Timmis said. “There's an economic benefit [to the arts], but also a quality of life benefit.”