AthFest Educates

AthFest Educates is a nonprofit organization committed to sustaining and advancing music and arts education for K-12 youth in Athens Clarke County. To fulfill our mission, we produce two annual fundraisers, The AthFest Music & Arts Festival and The AthHalf Half Marathon & 5K. The proceeds from these events fund the organization’s annual grant-making efforts.

A Special Statement from Our Executive Director, Jill Helme, on Her Departure

“As I think about leaving, I’m filled not with sadness, but with deep gratitude for all those who have guided and supported me and AthFest Educates on this journey. Together we surpassed the $500,000 milestone with our grantmaking, and I look forward to cheering the organization on as it passes the $1 million mark in the not-to-distant future. I leave here nothing short of proud.”


Read the full statement here:    


AthFest Educates Director Jill Helme talks about the history, mission and work of the organization

2021 – 2022 AthFest Educates Grants at a Glance

Your contributions really do make a difference.

Get Involved with AthFest Educates

There are many opportunities to get involved.

We Produce Two Annual Events as the Key Fundraisers for our Programs

Find out more about the two annual fundraising events that benefit AthFest Educates.