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Explore Gwinnett awards first arts grants to local non-profits

Representatives from the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre accept a Gwinnett Creativity Fund grant from Explore Gwinnett Marketing Project Manager Haleigh Staalner. (Courtesy Explore Gwinnett)
Representatives from the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre accept a Gwinnett Creativity Fund grant from Explore Gwinnett Marketing Project Manager Haleigh Staalner. (Courtesy Explore Gwinnett)

At a time when many arts-focused organizations have had to cancel events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Explore Gwinnett has found a way to help. For the first time, Explore Gwinnett has awarded a total of $51,000 in grants to 10 Gwinnett non-profit arts organizations through the Gwinnett Creativity Fund.

“Explore Gwinnett is honored to administer the Gwinnett Creativity Fund and we are thrilled to say we were able to fully fund all eligible organizations who applied,” says Lisa Anders, Explore Gwinnett executive director.

Organizations receiving grants include: Aurora Theatre ($10,000), Atlanta Harmony Celebration! ($2,500), Broad St. Concert Band at Sugar Hill, Inc. ($1,500), Gwinnett Ballet Theatre ($5,000), Live Arts Theatre Inc. ($2,500), North Gwinnett Arts Association ($5,000), Stone Mountain Chorus ($2,000), Southeastern Railway Museum ($7,500), Suwanee Performing Arts ($5,000), and The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning ($10,000).

Gwinnett Creativity Fund Project Grants ranging between $1,000 and $7,500 may be awarded to one-time events, such as a festival or exhibit, or a series of events, such as a roster of classes or a series of productions, or public art. Grant applications are being accepted through July 15. Eligibility requirements and applications: www.gwinnettcreativityfund.com/project-grant.