MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Allied Arts in support of the Atlantic City Ballet Theatre’s Milledgeville performance of “Dracula: The Ballet.”
When Executive Director Randy Cannon received the notification about the grant, words could not express how truly appreciative he was for the award.
“There have been a lot of changes to GCA’s grant program this year, which has caused this year to be the most competitive in recent history,” said Cannon.
For 37 years, Allied Arts has received a partner grant from GCA. Partner grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, literary organizations, libraries, cities, schools, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. This year, GCA cut back on its grant awards.
“This year’s grant program was restructured to provide broader access to GCA grants and a stronger focus on community impact, but the downside is that fewer Partner Grants would be given out,” said Cannon.
When Cannon received the letter stating that Allied Arts may not receive a partner grant, which awards up to $25,000 in funds, he knew he had to get creative. Instead, he applied for a project grant.
“Project grants are awarded based on a specific project that a company would like to bring to the community,” said Cannon.
His efforts were not wasted. Allied Arts was awarded the full $5,000 for the Atlantic City Ballet Theatre’s production.
“I was completely surprised when I got the grant letter,” Cannon said. “I was pleased that we went in that direction because we were awarded an increase of $2,300 over last year’s award.”
In a letter from Gov. Nathan Deal, he commended Allied Arts for the outstanding role it plays in bringing the arts into the community.
“To have been selected by a panel of your peers as one of the strongest organizations in the state, whose programs exemplify the role of the arts in economic and community development is a significant honor,” Deal said.
The Atlantic City Ballet Theatre is slated to perform in Milledgeville Oct. 8 and 9. The visit will include a master class, in-school performances and a main stage production of “Dracula: The Ballet.”
“We’re very excited about receiving this grant and being able to bring such an amazing company like Atlantic City Ballet to Baldwin County,” said Cannon.
The company plans to bring 22 dancers and will also allow 18 Georgia College dance minor students the opportunity to dance with them on stage.
For more information on the upcoming performance call 478-452-3950 or visit www.milledgevillealliedarts.com.