The University of North Georgia (UNG) Foundation recently donated $20,000 to the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). The funds will be used for upgrades to the OCAF pottery studio and will include a new heating and air system, insulation, improved lighting, increased shelving space and new paint.
"We are so pleased to continue to grow the unique relationship between the UNG art program and OCAF," said Stacy Koffman, an art professor on the UNG Oconee Campus and OCAF member. "The upgrades and renovation to the space are a win/win situation for the community as well as the students at UNG."
The improved studio will benefit OCAF's existing pottery programs as well as UNG's new Ceramics 1 class.
"We're excited and thankful for this generous gift to our capital campaign and eager to expand on our already solid relationship with UNG," said OCAF director Cindy Farley.
"In the Oconee area we have many talented potters and appreciators of their craft, so UNG's Ceramics 1 program seems to be a natural addition. Professor Isabell Daniel of Farmington is among the most skilled potters and educators I know, and I'm looking forward to seeing the work her students produce."
The donation marks the second time UNG has provided financial support to OCAF; in 2014 the university donated $50,000 for renovations to OCAF facilities.
The UNG Foundation raises private funds to support student scholarships and university needs above and beyond state funding.
OCAF, founded in 1994 by a group of local artists, is a non-profit arts organization that promotes the arts and artists in Oconee County and the Northeast Georgia region.