Athens, GA – The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) announced today the winners of the 2016 Arts in Community Grant competition (AICG). The Bulldog Annual Bi-Annual and Rabbit Box will each receive a $1500 grant.
Of the 20 requests for grant applications, the ACAC received 10 submissions. The submissions included proposals for individual artist public art works, arts education projects, performance, sculpture, infrastructure to support art installation, and spoken word events. “This year we received our most competitive group of applications to date, representing diverse groups and projects in the Athens area,” said ACAC member Jan Hebbard. “The ACAC looks forward to more opportunities to award assistance to public art initiatives in future grant cycles.”
This is the third year AICG has been offered by the ACAC, 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.
The Bulldog Inn Annual Bi-annual is a free one night multimedia cultural event that invites participating local artists to transform each room at the mid-century Bulldog Inn into a unique aesthetic and sensorial experience. Visitors make a procession from room to room for total immersion in whatever experience the artist(s) have devised. Now in its sixth year, the event attracts more than 1000 people. Grant funds will support the continued expansion of this project, while keeping costs for participating artists low. The event is scheduled for the fall of 2016.
Rabbit Box is a storytelling collective that provides space and support for amateur storytellers from Athens, hosting monthly gatherings open to the public for a small fee. For the last few years, in an effort to connect storytelling to public space and recreation, the group has partnered with Sandy Creek Park to provide two shows on park grounds. Grant funds will support the additional costs of hosting the event in an outdoor venue and will ensure the two events (hosted April 7 and October 12) are open to the public at the cost of only the park entrance fee, $2.00.