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Paint Love Receives $15,000 in Grant Funding from Georgia Council for the Arts to Continue Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ATLANTA - July 17, 2020
- Paint Love, an Atlanta-based nonprofit with a mission to bring arts programming to youth facing poverty and trauma, recently received two grants totaling $15,000 from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, to help recover from the COVID-19 shutdown and supporting operations for 2021.

Paint Love, is one of the 63 Georgia arts organizations across 14 Congressional districts to receive a Resiliency Grant, which is a one-time competitive grant funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As a State Arts Agency, the Georgia Council for the Arts was designated an agent to distribute Resiliency Grant funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help sustain Georgia’s nonprofit arts community.

In April, the NEA awarded nearly $30 million or 40% of the agency’s funding provided by Congress in the CARES Act to state and territorial arts agencies and regional arts organizations for their funding programs to ensure wide distribution throughout the country. Georgia received $507,900 in CARES Act funding, which Georgia Council for the Arts used for its Resiliency Grant program. An additional $60,000 was awarded to GCA from South Arts to support rural and/or culturally specific organizations through this program. One hundred and seventy-one organizations submitted applications for this grant program, requesting a total of $1.78 million.

In addition to the $10,000 Resiliency Grant, Paint Love received a $5,000 Partner Grant for operating support for 2021. Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“These grants will help us pay our studio rent and staff as we kick off our fall programming working with Title 1 school communities moving into a totally unknown future. We will be focusing on holistic partnerships with communities and piloting programs that serve the entire school community and help kids, teachers, and parents all use art and creativity to combat the tremendous levels of stress everyone is continuing to experience,” said Paint Love’s Executive Director Laura Shaw.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to judge and review applications following standard practices set by the National Endowment for the Arts. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience and knowledge. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities. A complete list of 2021 fiscal year grantees in these program areas can be found:

This month, Paint Love has also had board member transitions. Founder Julie McKevitt has stepped down as board chair but will remain on the board. Former attorney Cara Hergenroether has been elected as the new board chair. Hergenroether, previously the Paint Love treasurer, is a current board member at the Junior League of Atlanta, an organization of women committed to transforming communities across Atlanta through volunteerism. Amy Clarke will serve beside Hergenroether as the newly elected vice-chair. Clarke currently serves as the program director at the CF Foundation, an Atlanta-based family foundation. Newest board member, Y. Caron Harding, a freelance development and strategy coach and consultant, was also elected as secretary. Paint Love is excited to have Hergenroether, Clarke and Harding step into their new roles.

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About Paint Love
Paint Love, Inc. is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides Title 1 schools and youth-focused nonprofits with projects that are artist-led and specially designed to meet trauma-informed standards. Paint Love’s goal is for all young people to have access to creative experiences that empower them to develop inner strength and imagine a future not limited by adverse experiences. Paint Love was founded in 2014 by Atlanta artist Julie McKevitt, who recognized the strong therapeutic benefits art has on students and realized there was a lack of artistic resources accessible to the youth who needed it most. Since its inception, Paint Love has enjoyed fulfilling its mission by bringing art classes, supplies and volunteers to organizations through metro Atlanta free of charge. To learn more, visit and follow @gopaintlove on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Georgia Council of Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, align workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.


Frances Chang
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