Project Grants for Artists / COVID-19

NEW - Due Date - November 30. 2020

The Morton Theatre Corporation invites Black and African-American identifying artists to submit short films or studio art pieces responding to the Black Lives Matter Movement and/or depicting the lives or history of Blacks and African-Americans in America.

Who is eligible to apply?

This award program is for projects by photographers, studio artists, dancers, singers, musicians, poetry artists and filmmakers who meet the following criteria:

• Identify as Black or African-American

• Live in Athens-Clarke or a bordering county (Madison, Barrow, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Jackson)

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Types of projects accepted: ● short narrative films ● short documentary films ● filmed poetry readings ● music performances ● dance performances ● time lapsed studio art presentations ● Paintings, Drawings or Photographic Series

*NOTE: Film projects should be at least 2 minutes long, and no longer than 10 minutes.

May I submit a project created with another artist or group of artists?

Yes, collaborative projects are welcomed. Select one person from the collaboration to submit the application on behalf of the group. The applying member should fit the eligibility criteria.

Only one award of $500 is given for collaborative projects, to be shared equally amongst each collaborating artist.

Award Amount ● $500

Rights/Usage ● All artists retain ownership of their work. ● The Morton Theatre Corporation retains the rights to use the selected projects for one year to be showcased to the public online at our website, on our social media platforms and on display at the Morton Theatre or Lyndon House Arts Center ● Any portrait photography or recorded personal interviews in a project will require signed release forms. Release forms must be provided after a project is selected to receive an award.

Required Application Materials

● A short synopsis of your filmed project (250 words or less, PDF or Word Document only) ● A personal artist statement and bio (500 words or less; PDF or Word Document only) ● Project File ( if applicable ): A downloadable link through dropbox, wetransfer, google drive, youtube or vimeo ● Studio Art Piece ( if applicable ) submit a high resolution photo of the art piece that would be displayed and note the size/dimensions.


● Submit Projects and Files to:

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COMPLETED - September 24.2020

NEW! Athens Chamber Announces Face Mask Art Competition

Congratulations to UGA Student Andrea Millen. For More Information - HERE

A cash prize of $1000 will also be awarded to the winning artist.  


“Credit is due to my husband John for this awesome idea,” said Lindsay Brannen, Director of Community Outreach at the Athens Area Chamber. “We were eating at Punta Cana Latin Grill, discussing how critical face coverings are for saving our favorite local businesses. John asked, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an Athens mask?’ We talked about it through the rest of the weekend and landed on the art competition as the means to create such a mask. I took the idea back to my team at the Chamber and they loved it. We’re all so excited to see this come to fruition!”

After participating artists have submitted their work, the community will vote for their favorite via the Chamber’s Facebook page. After voting closes, a pop-up web store hosted by Satisfactory Printing will begin pre-selling the masks. Satisfactory is also helping with the printing of the winning artwork onto fabric. Community in downtown Athens will then sew masks in two adult sizes from the fabric. “We also envision local retailers selling the masks in their stores as well,” Brannen said.   


Mask On, Athens! is presented by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Terrapin Beer Company. Additional sponsors include Charlie Fleming Mortgage Group, Athens Pulmonary, PermeaPure, Interweb Systems, Shane Dekle State Farm, Stable Waters Financial, Wild Moon Studio, LangScapes, ProCoat Painting, Jittery Joe’s, Dalton Carpet One, Community, and Satisfactory Printing.

Proceeds will benefit the launch of the Athens Creatives Directory, a joint collaborative effort of ACC Economic Development and Envision Athens’ CREATE Athens work group. When asked about the impact of this initiative, Envision Athens’ Project Manager Erin Barger shared: “The Athens Creative Registry is an economic development mechanism for both the Athens creative economy collectively, and the individual artists who make Athens the brilliant creative community that it is.”


Interested artists must email for official rules and guidelines. The deadline for art submissions is end of day on Sunday, August 30.

NEW!  The Athens Area Arts (AAAC) council is now accepting applications from emerging Black artists for its Fall/Winter grant program. Applications are due September 2, 2020 and can be submitted online here: Emerging Black Artists Grant

The AAAC will award a grant of $1,000 to emerging Black artists (of any discipline) living in Athens, GA. Preference will be given to underrepresented identities within the black community.


Each year two recipients will be honored; one in September and the other in April. Each session will last six months with an event at the end of the year to celebrate both artists. With this grant the AAAC hopes to make use of the current Black Lives Matter movement to add more Black voices to our artistic spaces and to reiterate the value of art in our cultural conversation.

This award will be accompanied by a curated mentorship with a professional artist based in Athens for each grant recipient. Each mentor and mentee will work together on a project of their own choosing.

Pictures upper right - Black Artists Matter Mural in Austin, Texas
Lars Plougmann 

July 23, 2020   NEW!  DEADLINE PASSED


The Judith Alexander Foundation Announces Relief Fund for Georgia Visual Artists  INFO HERE

Offering Georgia Visual Artists Immediate Financial Assistance

Atlanta (July 2020) – The Judith Alexander Foundation has announced it will offer $500 individual visual artist grants to up to 100 Georgia-based artists to help with financial hardship due to COVID-19.

“A major part of our mission at The Judith Alexander Foundation (JAF) is supporting Georgia artists and we are particularly concerned about the well-being of visual artists across the state,” says board director Judith A. Augustine of this inaugural relief fund.

The application process for $500 grants will open on Monday, July 27th and all applications are due by noon on Monday, August 10th. Grants are available to practicing visual artists living in Georgia who are able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work and career and who are experiencing immediate financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, living and working in the state of Georgia since at least July 2019 and must have created at least one body of work in the past twelve months.

For further information about JAF and our mission, visit Feel free to contact us directly with additional questions.

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The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is delighted to offer a second round of 2020 Arts In Community awards, subtitled ‘Resilience,’ to acknowledge the Athens-Clarke County Resiliency Package as the source of $85,000 additional funding to the ACAC’s awards budget.  Fifty awards of $2,000 each will be distributed to artists and arts organizations in Athens-Clarke County.

This funding was approved by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission, recognizing the importance of the arts to Athens’ continuing vitality! Applications are due August 7.  



Thank you to all the artists whose submitted to these Project Grants during this unusual time of sheltering and unrest.

Athens Banner Project is closed.

June 12, 2020

 (ATHENS, GA) In late March 2020, representatives of many of the art organizations and facilities in Athens, Georgia began meeting informally once a week to ensure that our community of creative practice continued to be strong as our county began to shelter in place. Dubbed the “Athens Art Alliance,” the participating organizations include the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), the Lyndon House Arts Center, Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic program, tiny ATH gallery, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, the Athens Area Arts Council, the Athens-Clarke County Arts Division, FlagpoleMagazine, and the Athens Downtown Development Authority. The group has worked together to identify projects and strategies that would help advocate for our shared creative community, already vulnerable before COVID-19 and more so since.

Inspired by the public poster art of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the mid 20th century, ATHENS BANNER PROJECT will fund members of the Athens artistic population, focusing on those working in the service/hospitality or retail industry who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The banners will spread messages of resiliency, unity, and support for local culture and community. Funded by the Athens Downtown Development Authority, five artists have been selected to receive $350 each for original art banner designs. These designs will be printed and distributed to the storefronts in downtown Athens for display during the summer of 2020. The artists selected are Marvella Castaneda, Jess Dunlap, Elinor Saragoussi Phillips, Maximos Salzman, and Klee Schell.

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Athens Banner Project  DEADLINE MAY 29!!!!

Inspired by public poster art of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the mid-20th century, ATHENS BANNER PROJECT will fund members of the Athens artistic population working in the service industry who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that the banners will spread messages of resiliency, unity and support for our local culture and community. Funded by the Athens Downtown Development Association (ADDA), five artists who are in the service/hospitality industry, and impacted by the pandemic, will receive $350 each for original art banner designs. 130 banners will be printed (26 copies per artist) on vinyl and given to each of the 130 storefronts in downtown Athens, GA for display during the summer of 2020.

Deadline for submissions will be 29 May 2020 and artists selected will be notified by June 3 2020. The project timeline will extend through the month of June with banners to be displayed over the summer. 

Artists applying should have relied on employment in the service/hospitality industry as of 1 January 2020.  

When applying, artists should have the following ready: 

  • 2–3 images of recent, original two-dimensional artwork or text-based art reflecting the their visual style 
  • A brief, written statement of interest in the project and/or a written description of how you would approach the project [required]
  • A brief written statement about how you have personally been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic [optional]

Apply now! 

While applications from artists working in a variety of media will be considered, artists should note that the project outcome will be a two-dimensional, visual art product. An ideal applicant should have skills and experience in two-dimensional, visual art. Acceptable media may include, but are not limited to, paintings, drawings, digital images, photographs, original poems or song lyrics.

Artists will be provided with a vertically oriented vinyl banner that is 30” tall x 24” wide with two grommet holes in upper corners (banners will hang in storefront windows using provided suction cup hooks). All artwork must be original work by the artist, without any infringements of intellectual property, copyright, or trademark.

Applicants should note that final submissions should be two-dimensional works scale-able to the provided banner’s height without significant image cropping or loss. For example, 10” H x 8” W would be scale-able by 3x or 15” H x 12” W would be scale-able by 2x). There will be a strip at the bottom of the banner with information including the artists name. Digitization of all artists’ work will be processed by the contracted printing service; artists will not be responsible for digitizing their artwork, nor will they be offered additional compensation if they elect to do so.

Pop-Up Bus Wrap project is now closed. Thank you.

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POP-UP Park Mini Bus Wrap Art  DEADLINE JUNE 5!!!!

The Leisure Services Department is seeking an artist or artists from the Athens or surrounding area to design a “mini bus wrap” that embodies the mission and goal of the new Athens Pop-Up Park program.

The Pop-Up Park will be used throughout the community to take Leisure Services programming and other activities to the public. This mini bus will visit neighborhoods, ACCGov special events, and various festivals happening in Athens throughout the year. 

All proposals must be submitted to Athens-Clarke County’s online system of calls for entry by June 5, 2020.  The design will be selected by a panel consisting of Leisure Services Department staff and a representative of Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. 

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All of the following must accompany submission to be considered:
• Artist(s) contact information, including name(s), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. Please do not identify the artist(s) on the public art concept or description   (including links to website and social media handles), so that the selection process is anonymous.
• Brief design description
• Illustration or rendering of concept art

For more information about this project, or to submit a design, please visit