If the Georgia General Assembly eliminates the Georgia Council for the Arts, which, as we reported, is a distinct possibility, citizens across the state would feel the pain. The agency does more than distribute state funds; it is the conduit for funds and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts, a nine-state regional arts federation.
“The Georgia Council is essential in keeping over $800,000 in federal funds earmarked for Georgia flowing into the state each year, which will be lost under this proposal,” says Gerri Combs, South Arts executive director. “Also jeopardized are South Arts programs, grants and subsidies throughout Georgia with an impact of $3 million, and our conferences held in the state which bring in visitors and sales tax. The GCA’s role is a vital link for the state’s economy and cultural life.”