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The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) proudly announces 13 grant recipients of the 2017-18 Historic Preservation, Historic Structure Studies or Planning, and Technical Assistance and Service grant completing a record-breaking year of giving totaling $470,541 including the previously announced Urgent/Emergency Need grants. These grants allow Georgia’s historic theaters or structures to receive much needed financial assistance, restoration support, and operations mentoring.

As part of its ongoing commitment to Georgia’s historic theaters, the Fox Theatre’s newly expanded 2017-18 FTI grant program seeks to provide significant economic and cultural impact to local communities across the state. FTI is part of the Fox Theatre’s overall strategic plan to further increase its impact and outreach.

The FTI Preservation Grant, also known as the ‘brick and mortar’ grant, is awarded on an annual basis and assists theaters in completing projects that directly affect the integrity of the building or structure itself. 

The 2017-2018 FTI Preservation Grant recipients are as follows:

  • The Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro will install necessary lighting upgrades to the Emma Kelly Theatre, which is part of the larger Averitt Center for the Arts complex in historic downtown Statesboro.
  • The Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie will upgrade the historic theater’s light and sound equipment to enhance the patron experience.
  • In Swainsboro, the Dixie Theatre’s FTI grant will allow for repairs to the stucco and historic plaster, window and door installation, as well as other important rehabilitation steps in their long-term commitment to preserving the community landmark.
  • The Imperial Theatre in Augusta will utilize the FTI grant to repair the historic plaster within the interior of the theatre.
  • In Madison, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s FTI grant will help with the repair and replacement of the seating fabric to improve the patron experience in the auditorium.
  • 7 Stages in Atlanta will leverage FTI grant funds to restore their marquee and complete necessary HVAC and system repairs.
  • In Tifton, the Tift Theatre will utilize its first grant from FTI to repair and restore the interior seating of the theater.
  • Winterville Auditorium in Winterville will receive the necessary funding to install new sound and lighting systems, as well as other support systems for its ongoing historic theatre rehabilitation efforts.

This year, FTI introduces the Historic Structures Studies or Planning Grant. Recipients will receive support to complete a historic structure study or assistance in planning. Additionally, FTI will provide guidance on the study, including implementation process planning and securing project experts. 

The following organizations were awarded 2017-2018 grants:

  • Festival Hall is a performing and visual arts facility in historic downtown Greensboro. FTI funds will secure consulting services to assess and support necessary additional space planning for the historic auditorium. Festival Hall previously received Urgent/Emergency Grant funds from FTI.
  • The Grove Theatre in Atlanta is part of the development project of the Grove Park Foundation for the City of Atlanta. FTI funds will support the services of a specialized historic preservation architectural firm to perform feasibility studies for the Grove Theatre.
  • In Clarkesville, the Habersham Community Theatre will utilize FTI grant funding to pursue an architectural study to determine the repairs needed to restore the historic marquee. Additionally, the study will identify needed stucco repairs and façade restoration.
  • The Royal Theatre in Hogansville, with the financial support of the FTI grant, will move forward with architectural planning to support ongoing preservation efforts.

FTI is also launching its Periodic Technical Assistance and Services Grant this grant cycle. Recipients will receive direct access to experts and resources to meet a range of specific technical, organizational or operational needs. 

FTI is proud to announce the first recipient of this grant:

  • With the FTI grant, the Grand Opera House in Macon will pursue a comprehensive historic assets study to explore if the venue’s second balcony, an intact and historic African-American seating section, could be expanded. This would turn the Grand Opera House into an over 1,200-seat venue.