(Atlanta) – The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), has announced that more than $3.5 million in competitive grant funding will be distributed to recipients across the state through its Bridge, Project, and Arts Education Program grants.

The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, Inc. is among this year’s recipients.  SNC was awarded two grants, one a Bridge Grand and an Arts Education Program Grant.

The Bridge Grant will provide funding for art projects, which may include an art exhibit, a theater production, a series of children’s workshops, an artist residency, or may be used for capacity-building projects. The Arts Education Program Grant is being distributed to support the arts in K-12 education and may include a variety of disciplines, from visual art to music or theater, to dance and creative writing.

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said,  “These awards will support educational opportunities for students who will become the core creative workforce for Georgia businesses, contributing to the vitality of our state.”

Funds awarded by the Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).