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”The Annunciation,” an oil-on-wood panel painting by Girolamo de Santa Croce, is one of the paintings that will be in the “European Splendors” exhibition from Aug. 26 until Dec. 25, 2021 at the Albany Museum of Art.

ALBANY ─ The Albany Museum of Art has been awarded a grant by Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for Fiscal Year 2022.

The $2,725 Education Program Grant will help fund a series of public lectures by college professors this fall on European Splendors, an exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque paintings organized by the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation of New York. The exhibition opens at the Albany Museum of Art on Aug. 26 and continues through Dec. 25.

A total of 218 organizations was awarded 266 grants that provide more than $2 million in funding to arts organizations throughout the state. The Bridge Grant provided funding for operating support to 135 organizations, the Project Grant will help fund 54 arts projects, and the Arts Education Program Grant was awarded to 77 organizations. Additional grants for Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities programs will be awarded in the fall of 2021.

“As we emerge from this past year’s quarantine, the arts sector is vital to restarting the economy by attracting tourists, assisting with classroom learning, and igniting events to bring communities back together,” GCA Executive Director Tina Lilly said. “The 266 grants we have awarded will help cities and organizations leverage additional funds and bring people back to work while providing fun and educational opportunities for Georgians across the state.”

“The Albany Museum of Art is grateful for the support of the Georgia Council for the Arts, one of our long-time allies in helping us provide quality museum programs to all of our communities in south Georgia,” AMA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf said. “This particular grant positions the AMA once again to embrace creative collaboration, a value we wear on our sleeve, which makes us and all of our partners more innovative and dynamic arts and higher learning organizations.”

Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses peer review panels to judge and review applications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed, or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multidiscipline arts entities.

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