Prices are rising everywhere, the expensive holiday season is coming up, and financially coping with the effects of the pandemic has been tough for everyone. In an effort to pursue its mission statement of making arts accessible for all members of the community, Allied Arts began offering a couple scholarship opportunities for programming that has entry fees. The nonprofit art organization offers free programming where it can, but that is not always possible. With the cost of living rising so rapidly and median wages slow to catch up, even low-cost activities can be prohibitive for many residents of Milledgeville. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the local median wage is 80% lower than the national average. Allied Arts doesn’t want any of its community members to be priced out of participating in art and culture and all the benefits that it brings — and members of the Milledgeville Civic Woman’s Club agree.
When the CWC of Milledgeville heard that Allied Arts wanted to make scholarship opportunities available for programming, they immediately reached out and asked what they could do to help. The result was a $300 donation to supplement the donation the Friends of Allied Arts board also recently voted to make. That donation will go to provide several scholarships for juried exhibits (that normally cost around $20 to enter), classes and workshops (that can vary in prices), and children’s camps (that can also vary in price). The Civic Woman’s Club of Milledgeville was federated in 1964 and, since then, has been a powerful force of positive change in the community. They’ve partnered with Allied Arts several times in the past, including hosting exhibit openings and providing baked goods. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the club can reach out to them via email at email@example.com.
Anyone interested in taking advantage of the scholarships can reach out to Allied Arts. There are no special stipulations to using the scholarships, simply let staff know you’d like to participate in a program with an entry fee and you’d like to use a scholarship to do so. Current programming that scholarships can be used for including Big Click, which a juried exhibition for photography (including phone photography), film, digital art, or any combination of the three. Anyone interested in donating additional funds to support scholarships can also reach out to Allied Arts at 478-452-3950 or by visiting the Marlor House at 201 N Wayne. St, Milledgeville.