The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Arts in Community Grant competition. The West Broad Farmers Market, Seat in the Shade Poetry Series, and Parkview Homes Community Center (in affiliation with The University of Georgia College of Education) will each receive a $1500 grant.

West Broad Farmers Market (WBFM) is a community-driven, education-oriented, weekly farmers market that supports local economic development & community wellness (supported by the Athens Land Trust). WBFM will host a Juneteenth Community Art Engagement on June 16 commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States. This celebration will feature both visual and performing artists and will be free and open to the public.

This year marks the 6th anniversary of “Seat in the Shade: A Summer Poetry Reading Series.” This event will feature Georgia poets and build on previous invitations to great local and regional writers who have read in the past including Coleman Barks, Lemuel “Life the Griot,” Jericho Brown, Colin Kelly, David Bottoms, and Sandra Meeks, among others. This year’s line up will be confirmed and announced in May 2018. The finale on July 27, titled “Poetry by and for Educators: Readings from the Collective,” will feature UGA educators, students, and poetry friends reading from their newly drafted poems and includes an open mic for the public.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the College of Education at the University of Georgia and the Athens Housing Authority entered into a cooperative partnership to allow members of the Department of Language and Literacy Education to house a community literacy center at the Parkview Community Center (PCC) at 69 Florida Avenue. This partnership aims to build a hub for community-based literacy programming and activist research training across multiple affordances of arts-based advocacy. An AICG is being awarded for a proposed mural project that will involve a semester-long engagement between middle and high school youth in Parkview, UGA graduate students, as well as a teaching artist (to be paid through the grant funding).

Submissions for this year’s grants cycle included proposals for public art works, as well as musical and visual performances. “This year we received a very competitive group of applications, representing a variety of organizations and projects in the Athens area,” said Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Chair, Marc Beechuk. “We look forward to more opportunities to support local public art initiatives in future grant cycles.”

This is the fifth year Arts in Community Grants (AICG) have been offered by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, an appointed body of the Athens-Clarke County municipal government which strives to foster the development and enjoyment of performing, visual, cultural and other arts in the Athens community.

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