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Back to School, Back to Fox in a Box

Dear Friends of the Fox and FTI Supporters,

I hope that everyone had a great summer!  We are of course in full swing with many of our FTI programs, but with the fall and the return to school in mind, we focus many efforts on our Fox in a Box (FIB) program. This important outreach program exemplifies our commitment to early education and most importantly the place of the arts in inspiring the curiosity of young minds. Just last year alone the FIB program shared our interactive teaching with more than 8,000 at 38 schools from as far as Loganville, Union City, Austell, and Stone Mountain. This year we have made a commitment to expand the program to outlying counties in the metro-Atlanta community. We will be heading into classrooms in Coweta, Newton, and Douglas counties this academic year. Our intown communities have been more closely associated with our program and we know this expansion will bring the Fox story to enthusiastic students in grades K-5. To learn more about the program, please visit http://foxtheatre.org/foxinabox.

We hope if your children, grandchildren, or others who you work with through civic and church organizations are involved with FIB that you will share your stories with us. We also hope you will make a trip here to the Fox with them and share the magic in person. No better opportunities than with the return of holiday programming and do not forget the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to the Fox from December 8th-24th with a new program. https://www.foxtheatre.org/nutcracker.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you here at the Fox!

Leigh Burns

Georgia Presenters Profile: Wayne Jones, ABAC Arts Connection

I am the Director of Arts Connection, the campus and community arts office of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. When my office first opened as the Arts Experiment Station, it was charged to study cultural assets and opportunities for our area of South Georgia. The office was retained to develop more programming and facilities in the area. Over time, the office was responsible for the creation of eight area arts councils, six performing arts series, arts-in-school programs in all the contiguous counties to our home, Tift County. Today, the Arts Connection is responsible for the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series (professional artists) in Tifton, the Carter Arts & Lecture Series on the Bainbridge campus, the annual scholarship fundraiser, An Evening for ABAC, and is also responsible for the management of the City of Tifton's Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

I have been associated with Georgia Presenters since before it ever had a name. I was on the original steering committee when the Fox Theatre Institute took on the project. I am so grateful for FTI and Georgia Presenters. Prior to the formation of our organization, very little communication existed between venues throughout the state and block booking was almost non-existent. Since its formation, Georgia Presenters has created a network of colleagues across the state from venues large and small. I thoroughly enjoy the community this has created for our industry and was surprised to see how much venues large and small have in common, both operationally and from a programming standpoint.

Did you know that since 1996, the Fox Theatre has had a formalized archives program and permanent collection? The Fox Theatre Archives contains thousands of historic images, including advertisements from local papers. Here is a blast from the past advertisement featuring the 1950s movie September Affair starring Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotton, and Jessica Tandy.