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.