“The Holly Theatre is one of Dahlonega’s most precious cultural treasures, and its impact on the downtown business economy is enormous,” said Joel Cordle, who oversees Dahlonega’s Main Street program and is executive director of the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Private and public support for the Holly has been tremendous during the past year. This new infusion of funding support has come at a critical time. The building had numerous repair and restoration issues that needed immediate attention. The Fox Theatre Institute’s grant support helped leverage other private and public funding to help make these essential repairs possible.”

As a nonprofit, the Fox Theatre’s mission is to achieve long-term sustainability, so it can be shared with generations to come. In 2008, the Fox launched FTI, a nonprofit arm offering preservation and operations advice to reinvigorate arts venues in Georgia. Since inception, FTI has collaborated on 10 projects across Georgia, totaling more than $332,000 in community investments.