“The Fox Theatre Institute is one way we can encourage involvement in the arts and positively impact the cultural landscape of Georgia,” said Carmie McDonald, Fox Theatre Community Engagement Manager. “This is especially important this year because of our yearlong 40th anniversary campaign. The thought that the Fox could have been demolished 40 years ago is heartbreaking; with FTI, we hope to help more historic theaters stay relevant and thriving for future generations.”

In addition to the Fox Theatre’s grant, the Holly Theatre received a $20,000 grant from Georgia Tourism and Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA); both are divisions of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).

“With this funding, each community is able to increase public access to high quality arts and cultural offerings that bring communities together and attract tourists,” said GCA executive director Karen Paty.