The way we see it, art matters—now, more than ever.

Creating Joy

Research proves it: Art is valuable to individual well-being, student achievement, diversity, tax revenues, social capital, tourism, civic participation and revitalization of depressed neighborhoods. Art performances and activities, as well as the presence of living artists in a community, have a quantifiable, positive impact on quality of life.

What’s more, art adds up. Atlanta’s arts community contributes more than $780 million to the annual local economy. In metro Atlanta, the nonprofit arts industry is the seventh largest nongovernmental employer, supporting more than 8,200 full-time jobs and generating $27.07 million in local and state government revenue.

For people from the Atlanta metro area, the cultural landscape offers a dizzying array of activities and opportunities spread over a large geographic area. And despite the area’s identity as a major arts center, cuts to the state education budget for arts programs have made it extremely difficult to provide art instruction in public schools. Community centers, after-school programs and faith-based organizations often collaborate with arts organizations and artists to fill this void.

We will measure progress by tracking:

  • Audience participation in arts programs
  • Annual operating budget revenues for small to medium-sized arts organization
  • Resident satisfaction with the availability of arts and culture options

To Learn More About Supporting the Arts in the 23-County Atlanta Region, Please Contact:

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

Creative Industry businesses in the 23-county atlanta region
of Atlanta's arts nonprofits have less than 3 months operating liquidity
million awarded in 2014 to arts organizations

Current Grant Opportunities

A Place to Perform provides grants to nonprofit arts organizations to assist them in gaining access to performance venues so they can produce performing arts experiences for the public. Made possible by a gift from the Woodruff Arts Center after the 2014 sale of Atlanta’s 14th Street Playhouse, A Place to Perform continues to support the spirit of the original venue by ensuring performing arts organizations have access to performing venues and facilities. Peek Behind the Curtain
Capital is not just bricks, mortar and technology. A well-capitalized organization has the financial resources to fulfill its artistic mission over time according to its strategic plan, is nimble and able to take advantage of programmatic opportunities when they arise, can withstand fluctuations in revenue and the economy and operate with a sustainable business model that produces surpluses on a regular basis.

The Arts Capitalization Project was officially launched in early 2014 after research showed that Atlanta’s small and midsized arts organizations have limited liquidity and capital—a precarious position to be in. Designed to deeply impact the economic viability of rigorously selected individual arts organizations, the innovative capitalization process included financial capitalization training of 40 arts nonprofits’ staff and board leadership and financial awards to three organizations: Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Contemporary and Horizon Theatre.

These grantee organizations were selected through a rigorous process. The multi-year program is in its final year of execution and is entering the evaluation stage.

Public art located throughout Atlanta is an enduring legacy of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund, a donor-advised fund, was established in 1997 as a mechanism to assure appropriate ongoing care and to provide education and advocacy services for public art in the city. Its charge is to conserve and maintain public artworks and monuments at 19 sites featuring nearly 100 works created by 42 artists in downtown Atlanta.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund provides strategic funds for arts organizations—all to support and strengthen arts organizations so that they may attract, serve and build audiences across the Atlanta region. Since its founding in 1993, the Arts Fund has supported 78 unique arts organizations with financial support grants totaling $12.7 million. Express Yourself
A General Operating Support (GOS) grant provides a nonprofit with unrestricted funding to help support and maintain the organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives grantees the ability to use the funds where they’re most appropriate. Several of the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs are focused on providing general operating support—including Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Think Generally