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Posted: January 06 2018

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Posted: February 01 2017

AthFest Educates Awards Over $40,000 in Grants!

AthFest Educates has awarded over $40,000 in grants to local teachers and community educators in the 20 – ’21 School Year.

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Posted: January 29 2016

AthFest Educates Awards Over $25,000 in Winter 2016 Grants

AthFest Educates awarded over $25,000 to local schools and community organizations as part of its Winter 2016 grant awards to support high-quality music and arts education for K - 8 youth in Athens.

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Posted: January 11 2016

AthFest Educates Awards $40,000 in Grants to Athens Teachers and Community Educators in the '20 - '21 School Year

AthFest Educates announced its winter grant recipients. The organization, dedicated to advancing high-quality music and arts education for Athens area youth in grades k-8 by awarding educators and youth development specialists with the funds they need to provide meaningful arts experience for their students, awarded grants totaling $25,469. $11,130 was awarded for grants for music and arts programs and experiences, and $14,339 for instruments and equipment, bringing the total to date that AthFest Educates has donated to local teachers and educators to over $236,000.

The UGA Performing Arts Center received a $5000 grant for 2,000 Clarke County School District students to attend concerts at the center. Nuci’s Space received $3,000 to offer five full scholarships to attend Camp Amped. The Lyndon House Arts Center got $3,130 for 50 5th-8th graders to participate in a portrait photography workshop in collaboration with the Athens Council on Aging that will have participants create portraits of local senior citizens.

Chase Street Elementary got $4,250 to purchase contrabass chimes to create an outdoor music garden. Teachers at Winterville Elementary got $3,410 for musical instruments, as well as $1,226 for display rails to exhibit artwork at the school. Hilsman Middle School, Timothy Road Elementary and Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle got musical instruments totaling $5.451, including multiple string instruments for their orchestra, ukuleles and electric guitars/ basses and amps for their music programs.

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AthFest Educates Executive Director Jill Helme said, “We’re continually impressed by the creative ideas we receive and we’re excited to support the wide range of music and arts opportunities and experiences that are being made available to Athens youth.”

Posted: October 14 2015

AthFest Educates Seeks Proposals for 20th Anniversary Mural Project

Public art project will celebrate festival, Athens creative community

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the AthFest Music and Arts Festival, AthFest Educates announced it will commission a large-scale public mural that reflects AthFest Educates’ commitment to music and arts education for youth and the role AthFest has played in shaping the community’s music and arts culture.

The organization, which is dedicated to sustaining and advancing music and arts education for young people in Athens-Clarke County, is requesting proposals from youth-serving organizations interested in producing a mural as part of a multi-month arts program, and from professional artists who would work with that organization’s youth to create the mural. AthFest Educates will invest up to $20,000 to be divided among the youth-serving organization(s) coordinating and operating the youth programming and the professional artist(s) designing and producing the mural with the young people.

AthFest Educates is also requesting proposals from local business property owners interested in donating a highly visible outdoor wall to be used for the large-scale public art mural.

Jill Helme, Executive Director of AthFest Educates said, “we wanted to commemorate this milestone in a way that honors the festival, our community’s local artists and artistic culture, and the AthFest Educates mission of supporting music and arts education for youth. The mural project allows us to proudly showcase the artistic talent of both professional and young emerging artists here in Athens, while also beautifying our great city with a large-scale public art piece that everyone can enjoy. AthFest lets us put our city’s musicians on stage for the community to enjoy and the mural does the same thing for our artists. We’re excited about the mural project and very much look forward to the creativity the project will inspire for youth and adults.”

The organization will host a public question and answer session to hear from local artists, youth development organizations and businesses interested in applying for this opportunity, on November 16th at 11:00am at the Athens Clarke County Library in Multipurpose Room B. Proposals to be the youth serving organization, the professional artist or the business partner with the space to donate are due by January 11th and will be selected by February 8th. The mural will be dedicated on June 24th, the first day of AthFest Music and Arts Festival.

For more information contact AthFest Educates at or (706) 548-1973