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The Morris Museum of Art has been awarded a $5,000 grant for its art education programs by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of the GCA’s initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021.

“This initial round of funding awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts serves to support the critical work arts organizations and artists are doing in communities to foster connectivity, rekindle joy, and support lifelong learning during these dynamic times,” said Karen Paty, GCA Executive Director. “Knowing the challenges faced by our colleagues across the state due to the impact of COVID-19, it was particularly hard to not be able to fund all deserving applicants. The applications we reviewed provided evidence of continued exceptional arts programs in support of education, community development and economic development offered by arts organizations throughout the state. The staff and Board of GCA celebrate that work in all 159 counties, whether or not we are financially able to support it through these grant programs.”

“The support of the Georgia Council for the Arts’ grant support helps to offset the cost of the many services that the museum provides to area public schools. Specifically directed toward costs associated with providing free tours to students in public schools, it helps the museum to continue to advance arts education for thousands of students in this area. For that we are truly grateful,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum. “Over the years, the museum’s relationship with the GCA has helped to assure the steady growth of all of its services to this community.”

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