ATLANTA -- The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, awarded $300,000 in funding grants to 84 organizations in 64 counties across the state.
Each of these Vibrant Communities grants will support arts programs that contribute in substantial ways to the local communities’ development.
Recipients of the grants were chosen from 123 applications submitted by libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, Boys and Girls Clubs and community theatres. GCA appointed a peer review panel to determine which organizations received funding.
The Mars Theatre in Springfield will receive $2,000.
“We are extremely excited to receive this grant”, said Mars Theatre director, Allison Newberry. “This money will allow us to continue bringing quality family entertainment to the people of Effingham and surrounding counties.”
The March 24, 2018, show, Clovers & Co. is an example of how the Mars Theatre is bringing performing arts to the area in a fun and exciting way. Tickets cost $10 and are on sale now either online at www.marstheatre.com or by calling the box office at 912-754-1118.
Clovers & Co. is the Georgia State 4H show choir composed of talented singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands from the state ranging in age from 12 to 18.
Interested 4-H'ers from throughout the state audition yearly for the limited number of spots in the show. Several graduates have gone on to careers in the music and entertainment fields on the national level such as Jennifer Nettles of country group Sugarland and Effingham County’s own Hannah Dasher.
The show is primarily directed by volunteers, giving many hours to assure that all can be proud of the production.
Clovers & Co. was founded in 1981 to provide an opportunity for 4-H youth to promote and share with others, the excitement, leadership and talent evident in 4-H. They continue to serve as key entertainment at state and national conferences for groups such including the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Georgia Farm Bureau, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Georgia High School Student Council Conference and many others throughout the south.
About Georgia Council of Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.