Our Town

Clarkston Community Center Foundation, Inc.

Clarkston, Georgia

$50,000

2014

The NEA grant will support space for artists and creative entrepreneurship programming through the Clarkston Art at the Center Incubator (CACI) in the refugee resettlement community in Clarkston, Georgia. The CACI will provide free studio and stage space to trained and amateur artists to develop and practice their art, work with other artists, and present their work. In partnership with the Clarkston Business Accelerator, CACI will offer a competitive program for artists to participate in as many as 14 weeks of curriculum on business development, networking, opportunities for low-interest loans, and receive a stipend to develop their arts based business. Alternate ROOTS will provide networking and mentorship for the artists. One in four Clarkston residents is a foreign-born refugee, and 43% of this foreign-born population lives in poverty.