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UNG awarded $15,000 in grants from Forsyth County Art Alliance

Beth Sale, galleries director for the University of North Georgia, accepts the grant for $8,000 from the Forsyth County Art Alliance.

The Forsyth County Art Alliance (FCAA) has awarded the University of North Georgia (UNG) two grants—a $7,500 grant for the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and an $8,000 grant for the exhibition "TEXTure: A Collaboration of Poets & Artists."

Andy David, right, head of the university's music department, accepts the grant
check from the Forsyth County Art Aliance.

The grants provide the opportunity for UNG students and members of the Cumming community to broaden their knowledge of art and music through partnerships between the university and other groups. The Forsyth County Public Library's Cumming Branch will host the "TEXTure" exhibit in spring 2014 and UNG also will partner with a facility to host a symphony concert in spring 2014; details of the concert will be announced at a later date.

"The grant from the FCAA makes possible one of the events that we look forward to each year: the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra concert in Cumming," said Andy David, head of the university's music department. "The orchestra just keeps getting better and better, and every year's program is bigger and more challenging than the year before. This spring we played Mahler, Symphony No. 5, and next spring we will perform Stravinsky's epic 'Rite of Spring.'"

With funding from FCAA, UNG will commission 15 original broadside prints to be displayed in the exhibit "TEXTure: a Collaboration of Poets & Artists" at the Forsyth County Public Library in February 2014. A broadside, also known as a printed poem, is a one page poem with letterpress printed text and may be enhanced with an illustration or design to compliment the poem. A set of the prints and frames will be donated to the Forsyth County Library to display at all branches.

"I am thrilled that the Forsyth County Arts Alliance has chosen to support this project," said Beth Sale, UNG gallery director. "The funding will go toward visual artists working in the letterpress tradition. It will also bring more knowledge about the letterpress tradition to Forsyth County residents through a workshop and artist talk, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Cumming library."

As part of the Cumming exhibit, Margot Ecke, owner and director of the Smokey Road Press, will speak about the history of broadsides in America since the early 20th century. Ecke will also discuss famous poets such as Robert Frost, and well-known printers such as Victor Hammer, who popularized the art form and elevated the current understanding of the term.

The lecture will include information about broadsides being produced today and will showcase the methods, tools and expertise needed to create these works. A workshop will take place in the afternoon after the lecture and participants will be supplied with a one-page letterpress poem to embellish.

Both David and Sale agree that the grants and support from the FCAA are helping to sustain the arts in the region.

The FCAA ensures that the arts are sustained through advocacy of the arts, cultivating public participation, and creating partnerships between the artistic, business and cultural communities in the Cumming-Forsyth region.

"TEXTure: a Collaboration of Poets & Artists" also will be shown in the galleries on UNG's Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee campuses.

For more about galleries, concerts, and events at UNG, click here.

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