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November 1, 2006
2007 Grant & Toolbox Applications available
November 16, 2006
Grant & Toolbox Workshop
December 4, 2006
Grant & Toolbox Workshop
December 8, 2006
January 12, 2007
May 10, 2007
Save the Date:
Arts Fund Luncheon
May 25, 2007
In fourteen years of funding Atlanta's small and mid-sized arts organizations, the Arts Fund has created 47 new staff positions in metro Atlanta.
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Members of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra (2006 grantee) perform in 2005
Georgia Shakespeare (2005 grantee) performs Macbeth
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (2005 grantee) located in Madison, Georgia
Dancers from Moving In The Spirit (2005 grantee) perform the piece "Jungle Boogie" in "From Africa to the A-Train" in 2004
Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the first issue of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund’s quarterly newsletter. Throughout the year we will be using this forum to report on our efforts to strengthen and stabilize Atlanta’s small and mid-sized arts organizations. Every few months, you will receive an email with information about Atlanta’s arts organizations (we've invested in nearly 70 of them) including success stories from our grant recipients, including, in this issue, Atlanta Celebrates Photography. We'll update you on our funding deadlines, events, and forums (see the calendar in the side column). And we will share what our staff and board has learned from participating locally and nationally in the issues facing the arts today.
Enjoy the newsletter and please enjoy our vibrant arts community. I encourage you to forward this email to your friends and colleagues.
Lisa Cremin, director
What is the Arts Fund?
The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund is “The Foundation of Atlanta’s Arts Community.” It invests in the strength and stability of small and mid-sized arts organizations; connects entities that advance the funding of arts in our region; and leverages donors, locally and nationally, in support of the arts in Atlanta.
Since 1993, over 200 small and mid-sized metro Atlanta arts organizations, as well as the rest of the community, have benefited from the Arts Fund’s programs and expertise. With income from its $8 million endowment and annual fundraising, the Arts Fund supports three programs: The Arts Stabilization Grant funds new initiatives to stabilize the operations of arts organizations; the Arts Stabilization Toolbox Award provides arts organizations with expert consulting based on specific business challenges; and the Arts Loan Fund offers short term loan financing and programs to enhance financial literacy for arts organizations.
Learn more about the Arts Fund on our Fast Facts page.
The Arts Fund received the "Regional Funder Award" from Theatre Communications Group at their annual conference held in Atlanta in June 2006. The award (pictured at right) recognizes a local funding organization that has evidenced leadership and has provided sustained outstanding support of theatre in the region in which the annual Theatre Communications Group conference is held. The Arts Fund was chosen for this honor by the theatre membership of the group.
Lisa Cremin was awarded a fellowship to attend Stanford University’s Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders. Selected by The Loridans Foundation, Cremin attended this program in California with 40 leaders from a diverse group of corporate, community, private, and other foundations. While there, she studied key issues in effective and innovative philanthropy, returning to Atlanta energized. "It was exhilirating and demanding," Cremin said, "and I am already incorporating this new knowledge into my work at the Arts Fund."
Arts Fund Catalyst in Bringing National Arts Strategies to Atlanta
National Art Strategies (NAS), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the arts and culture sector through leadership education, has been on the Arts Fund's radar since its inception. In 2005, the Arts Fund invited NAS to Atlanta and coordinated meetings with the arts community and local arts funders. From this early convening, the Arts Fund advanced the conversation about creating an opportunity to bring NAS to Atlanta. Finally, by leveraging funding for NAS from an anonymous national donor as well as The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Fulton County Arts Council, the Arts Fund helped bring this program to Atlanta.
When National Arts Strategies' "The Business of Arts and Culture" debuts nationally in Atlanta in February, a group of Atlanta nonprofit arts leaders will participate in a series of executive seminars and applied learning projects. The program brings together arts leaders from Atlanta the southeast region for seminars taught by faculty from top business and graduate schools including Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MIT. These instructors use highly interactive classroom experiences to address the specific issues of mid and large-sized cultural organizations.
For more information, click here.
Help the Arts Fund Grow
The Arts Fund provides a singular investment opportunity for donors who are looking for ways to contribute to Atlanta’s arts. With an endowment now at $8 million, and an added boost from an anonymous donor of $200,000 annually through 2008, we will be able to award $500,000 in grants in 2007 and 2008. But this still only covers a fraction of the need in the Atlanta arts community for stabilization support. Your gift to the Arts Fund will help us continue to grow the foundation of Atlanta’s arts community. Your financial support is combined with others to help a range of organizations. The Arts Fund leverages these gifts as it fosters the success of small and mid-sized arts organizations in Atlanta.
To contibute to the Arts Fund online, click here.
Coxe Curry & Associates Gives to the Arts Fund
Coxe Curry & Associates, which supports United Way and other organizations through its workplace giving campaign, also wanted a way for its employees to support a broad range of arts organizations. For the second year, the Arts Fund has benefited from the direct gifts and payroll contributions of Coxe Curry employees. The Arts Fund is grateful for the support of this Atlanta business.