To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.
To engage Macon audiences with 'Corner Concerts' - a series of pop-up live music events in vacant and underutilized spaces across downtown Macon.
To support a series of free outdoor film screenings throughout Macon.
To support the Macon Arts Alliance's capacity to support individual artists through professional development workshops and programs, and serve as a regional partner to the Knight funded Springboard for the Arts national artist-supporting network.
To support the expansion of The Big O Singer/Songwriter Music Camp and provide camp scholarships to 20 aspiring young Macon musicians.
To support three free cultural events at the historic Hay House: a jazz quintet performance, film screening and an interactive theater experience
To support the continued growth and success of the Macon Film Festival with two year start up funding for a part-time contract programmer for the festival.
To support PraiseFest - a free gospel music concert series that will pair Macon area gospel groups with national gospel music acts.
To support Camp Drums & Dreams - an eight-week comprehensive music education summer camp that serves Macon area youth between the ages of eight and eighteen.
To engage audiences in Macon with performances by renowned musicians at the 15th and 16th annual Bragg Jam Music, Art and Community Festival.
The Macon Arts Alliance (MAA), in collaboration with Mercer’s Center of Collaborative Journalism, will embed paid journalism interns in local arts organizations to provide review and comment and hold community symposiums. This is a matching grant for the NEA-awarded grant in Spring, 2013.
To enhance the ability of Macon Film Festival, Inc. to fulfill its mission of celebrating the art and craft of the moving image by presenting a four day film festival in February of 2013