FCAA Presents Check to Cumming Arts Center (March 2020)
Pictured L-R: Anna Lyle (FCAA Board), Bunny Salter (SAA Board), Mayor Troy Brumbalow, Ahna Phillips (FCAA Exec. Dir.), Carole Kjellsen (SAA Pres.), Linda Roberts-Betsch (FCAA Pres.), Kathy Gamble (SAA Board), Charlotte Gardner (SAA Board), Sandi Sentell (SAA Board). This event was part of the FCAA's 2019 grant award cycle, and held just prior to pandemic shut-downs. Photo credit: John Kirkpatrick (courtesy Sawnee Association of the Arts)

The Forsyth County Arts Alliance (FCAA) is pleased to announce its 2020 grant awardees, representing  thirteen different Forsyth County arts organizations, projects, or entities.  This year, close to $40,000 was available to distribute, with recipients awarded amounts generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per project. This year’s grant recipients (in alphabetical order):

Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra – Concert and performance expenses

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier – Fine arts enrichment (theatre) at Cumming Elementary School

Cumming Arts Center (AKA Sawnee Association of the Arts) – Christmas Festival and Springtime Show

Forsyth Central High School Theatre Dept. – World of Puppetry play

Forsyth County Public Library – Little Rembrandts program and virtual author appearances

Forsyth Philharmonic – Instrument and sheet music purchases

Lambert High School – United Forsyth Orchestra Day

North Forsyth High School – Science Ambassadors (STEAM program) art supplies

Pianos for Peace – Administrative and artist expenses

Sawnee Ballet Theatre – 29th Annual Nutcracker and Spring Concert expenses

Sawnee Elementary School – Sawnee Show Stoppers drama club

Soorya Foundation for Performing Arts – Cultural dance event

West Forsyth High School – Art Honors Day

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the grant proposal plans as originally submitted to the FCAA in the Spring of 2020 had to be revised and in some cases reimagined almost entirely in order to be carried out safely. The FCAA has been very impressed at the courage and ingenuity of the many organizations and schools who continue to provide artistic outlets and opportunities in the community, despite the challenges of the current circumstances. Please note that in any cases where the proposed event or project is completely cancelled or the revised proposal is not approved, the FCAA will not be able to distribute those funds. However, at time of press, the above-named awardees have all submitted successful grant applications and should be recognized for their accomplishment.

The Forsyth County Arts Alliance was created in 2005 by proceeds from the sale of the Sawnee Arts Center. These funds were set up as a “donor-advised” fund (endowment) of the North Georgia Community Foundation. A local Board of Directors, representing business and community leadership, is responsible for the stewardship and for making recommendations for any distribution of funds. Since 2008, the FCAA has awarded about $550,000 in grants and scholarships (including endowed scholarships at the University of North Georgia and Lanier Tech for students majoring in the arts that are from Forsyth County). Each year the amount of funds available for distribution varies according to market rates and organizational overhead. The FCAA will continue to steward the endowment to ensure its continuity for future generations and plan to increase through fundraising the amount of grant funds available for the arts in Forsyth County. For more information about the FCAA, please visit their website: www.forsythartsalliance.com

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