Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts Awarded Vibrant Communities Grant

Press release from Georgia Council for the Arts

Monroe, October 8, 2018 —Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce it has received a Vibrant Communities Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA). These funds will support the Georgia Writers’ Project, a program that will offer eight students in Walton County public schools a small stipend to attend a writing and visual arts workshop March-May 2019. The course will culminate in a public exhibition of student work at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts.

“We are proud to once again be able to award the Vibrant Communities Grant to 78 entities in 52 counties across the state,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Karen Paty. “This grant program seeks to advance art projects that support non-profit organizations, government entities, colleges/universities, libraries and schools in their efforts to present cultural opportunities and arts experiences in their communities.”

The Georgia Council for the Arts awarded 78 entities in 52 counties nearly $300,000 in funding. GCA received 100 applications from libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs and more. 

“I’m so excited to work with students, educators, parents and community members in the coming months,” said Jessica Hudgins, founder and instructor with Georgia Writers’ Project. “With this grant, we will be able to support students’ creative interests by offering them both funding and a platform to showcase their work.” 

The Georgia Writers’ Project will encourage students to explore topics of family, place, and identity by encouraging critical thinking and creative expression. Students will collaborate with one another, participate in seminars led by regional artists, and show their work at the end of the three months. Each student will receive a small stipend for their participation. 

The Vibrant Communities Grant will make this program possible by funding eight students’ participation. If you are interested in funding additional students, we are currently accepting donations. If you have any relevant expertise, in fields such as fundraising, curating, and arts education, please email Jessica Hudgins at

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts, located in the historic post office in downtown Monroe, is pleased to be a part of this project. 

“We’re not just a gallery for visual arts, we are a true community arts center with classes and events for all ages.  There’s a vibrant writing community here in Monroe and Walton County which is very exciting!  We host both weekly and monthly writers’ meetings in conjunction with Walton Writers.  These meetings are free and open to the public,” said Hope Reese, director of the Center.

You can learn more about writers’ events and all other art classes offered at Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts at or call 770-207-8937.

Following the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) precedent, the Georgia Council for the Arts used Peer Review Panels to adjudicate applications. These panels included fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed; or are Georgia citizens with a record of involvement in arts activities, experience, and knowledge.

The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts.  GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities.  Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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