Two different grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts are giving opportunities locally to artists and the theater and is bringing thousands of dollars to Rockmart.

The Georgia Council for the Arts announced on Tuesday afternoon that the City of Rockmart is a recipient of a Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities grant, combined worth more than $18,000.

One will provide the opportunity through the Vibrant Communities grant to bring an art exhibit to the Lester House and bring what City Manager Stacey Smith said in a press release a “unique experience to the ‘One and Only Rockmart’ with the $3,600 in funding from the grant.

The Cultural Facilities grant will provide another $15,113 toward the renovations announced to the Rockmart Theater. This money will specifically be used toward replacing curtains, lighting, sound equipment and more for the performers and audiences who enjoy the theater.

Rockmart announced in recent weeks a project for a renovation of the theater which includes an update to the facade.

The GCA provided up to $1.2 million in funding to local communities in Georgia for arts-related projects like Rockmart’s. The only two projects approved by the GCA in this round of funding in Polk were in Rockmart.

Georgia Council for the Arts received applications from arts organizations from across the state, including performing arts centers, museums, galleries, amphitheaters, and arts classroom spaces.

The Vibrant Communities Grant supports a variety of arts programming throughout the state, including murals, artist residencies and performances in schools, community theater productions, festivals, and concerts. As part of this year’s Vibrant Communities awards, 58 entities in 43 counties will receive over $255,700  in funding

 “These grant dollars will allow arts organizations in Georgia to focus on their primary mission to bring art and cultural events to their communities by ensuring their facilities are in good condition,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Director Tina Lilly. “Georgia Council for the Arts is excited to help our arts communities continue to foster economic and cultural vitality by improving their facilities, and we are grateful to the Georgia General Assembly for providing this support to improve quality of life across the state.”

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. Visit for more information.

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