The Greater Augusta Arts Council has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Second Saturday Art Walk. This project will activate the Augusta Sculpture Trail and provide new and exciting public art activities in downtown Augusta. The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as The Greater Augusta Arts Council reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
“The Greater Augusta Arts Council is pleased to have won this very competitive grant. As our Community emerges from the Pandemic, we are happy to have programmed the City of Augusta’s outdoor celebration of Public Art,” said the Arts Council’s Executive Director, Brenda Durant. “The NEA-funded monthly Sculpture Trail activations programmed by Coco Rubio are a perfect addition to the virtual guide from Otocast with scavenger hunts designed bring the arts to everyone in our City.”
The purpose of the Second Saturday Art Walk is to support a series of public art events and music performances at Augusta Sculpture Trail sites throughout downtown Augusta, Georgia. The first concert will be held Saturday June 12th at the Augusta Riverwalk “River Stage” near the 8th Street bulkhead where two of the Sculpture Trail sculptures are located.
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.