The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced $1.06 million in grants to Atlanta area arts groups, in its first of two cycles of funding in 2021. A second round will take place before the end of the year.
Applications for the foundation’s Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund will be accepted through November 19.
Roughly 70 percent of the 29 arts organizations to receive grants in this round are either founded by or led by people of color, or else serve those communities. The Foundation said those organizations were prioritized in the first round.
The Foundation faced criticism in March 2020 when its initial round of $580,000 in grants did not include any money for organizations led by people of color. Only 10 percent of Arts Fund grant monies had gone to Black-led organizations since the fund was established in 1993. In its second round of funding in 2020, $1.15 million was distributed to arts groups, and 90 percent of those funds went to organizations founded or led by people of color. Of the 28 recipients, 18 received funding for the first time.
Frank Fernandez, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said the organization has focused on how to increase equity across the region in all forms, including the arts. “Through extensive conversations with arts leaders, funders and community members — and the expertise of a national consultant — we have worked to understand both quantitatively and qualitatively what we need to do to ensure the future is better for Atlanta’s arts sector,” Fernandez said in a press release. “You will see us making changes as we implement this re-imagined approach. There is more to do, and we move forward with urgency as we continue to make changes and announce new grants for 2021 and beyond.”
In addition to arts groups, the Foundation also offers grants for community development, education and housing. [Full disclosure: ArtsATL has applied for a grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.]
Arts organizations awarded grants in this cycle are:
APEX Museum: $50,000
AREA Non-Profit: $28,000
Atlanta Artist Relief Fund: $30,000
Atlanta Chamber Players: $25,000
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: $50,000
Atlanta Music Project: $100,000
Ballethnic Dance Company: $50,000
Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation: $30,000
Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts: $10,000
Dashboard Co-Op: $25,000
Dominion Arts Foundation: $40,000
Gwinnett Council for the Arts: $50,000
Moving in the Spirit: $50,000
National Black Arts Festival: $50,000
Out Front Theatre Company: $20,000
Out of Hand Theater: $50,000
Paint Love: $30,000
Pianos for Peace: $20,000
Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives: $50,000
The Art Section: $10,000
The Creatives Project: $35,500
The Trey Clegg Singers, $17,000
TILA Studios: $15,000
Wren’s Nest: $30,000