-- October 27, 2012 --
This month, the Gadsden Arts Center was ranked #1 of all Visual Arts organizations considered for General Program Support from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. A panel of professionals in arts and culture from around Florida review General Program Support grant applicants in four basic areas: Excellence in programming, Management of the organization, Impact in the community, and Accessibility. The Gadsden Arts Center ranked the highest of any Visual Arts or Museum in the state, and 9th out of 289 cultural organizations in visual, music, and performing arts disciplines, who applied for state support.
Panelist Jonathan Frederick Walz, Curator of the Cornell Museum of Art (Winter Park, Florida) and former employee at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, said about the Gadsden Arts Center’s application, “I am impressed ... this demonstrates a firm sense of mission and purpose, which translates directly into a clear narrative for funding that is easy to support!”
Grace Maloy, Executive Director of Gadsden Arts, commented “we are very proud of this, it is recognition by professionals in our field that, although we are a much smaller organization than others who applied for state support such as the Wolfsonian in Miami or the Armory Arts Center in Palm Beach, we are a very high quality arts center that makes a real impact in our community.” She added, “this is all made possible by the army of donors and volunteers that make virtually everything happen at Gadsden Arts”.
The Florida Legislature votes on program funding during the legislative session each spring. If the legislature again funds General Program Support for the Division of Cultural Affairs, the proposal will bring as much as $25,000 into Gadsden County to invest in arts programming.
The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincy’s historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St., 20 minutes from Tallahassee. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm. Admission is $1. The Mainstreet Café is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-3pm. Tours and information: (850) 875-4866 or www.gadsdenarts.org.