Although much of our support at the Georgia Museum of Art comes from generous individuals, through membership or other donations, we would also like to recognize the following corporations and foundations for their sponsorship of our exhibitions, programs and publications.
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In 1953, the state of Georgia established a special study commission to determine the appropriate role the state should play regarding support of the arts. The commission consisted of the Governor and five citizens appointed by him. They had no staff or budget. Twelve years later in 1965, soon after the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Georgia Commission on the Arts was created. The Commission began funding programs in 1968 and functioned much as Georgia Council for the Arts does today. In 1972, the Georgia Commission on the Arts was replaced by the Georgia Advisory Council for the Arts, which was established as a division of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. The name was changed to the Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities in 1976. The official name of the agency, Georgia Council for the Arts, was created by Legislation passed in 1986.
The mission of Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is access to the arts for all Georgians. As a state agency, GCA provides this access through the award of highly competitive grants that fund arts programming. In response to the current economy, GCA has amended its mission to read: access to the arts for all Georgians with the primary responsibility to the state’s nonprofit arts industry.
The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation gives primarily for programs that further public awareness of American, European and Asian (including those cultures defined as Oriental and Islamic) decorative art, paintings, drawings and prints representative of these cultures, for use solely within the United States or its possessions.
Morris served on the museum’s Board of Advisors from 1994 to 1998 and supported numerous exhibitions and activities at the museum. Born in Dublin, Ga., in 1925, Morris attended the University of Georgia. With his father, he founded the Morris Bank of Dublin in 1954 and served as vice president until 1980. He also owned and operated radio station WMLT and had numerous other business interests in Dublin and Laurens County.
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