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GPAC Accepting Applications for Arts Grants

Post Date:04/26/2019 9:30 AM

Through a variety of fundraisers and contributions, the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) Arts Education Fund has awarded more than $125,075 to 16 different schools and nonprofits since its creation in 2016. 

GPAC is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2020 Arts Grants for Germantown-based schools and nonprofits. The application deadline is June 28. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a free workshop on May 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. to learn about the most recent changes to this program. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel composed of arts professionals with knowledge and experience in the arts, schools and non-profit sector. Application and guidelines for the GPAC Arts Grants are available on the GPAC website. Grantees will be notified of the results on August 9.

The GPAC Arts Grant is just one component of the GPAC Arts Education Fund that also supports GPAC education and community programs, scholarships and financial aid for the GPAC Youth Symphony Program. GPAC Arts Grant Funds are for projects with Germantown-based schools and nonprofits that are devoted to strengthening the arts in the community by:

  • Engaging students, residents and community members with new, exciting and innovative arts experiences
  • Cultivating new partnerships between organizations for one project
  • Further developing current arts projects by contracting professional artists

“The City of Germantown and GPAC are deeply invested in fostering an environment in which art and culture can flourish for the sharing and benefit all residents and visitors,” said Emily Hefley, Programming Director at Germantown Performing Arts Center. “These grants give organizations that are dedicated to developing the arts in this community the means to achieve their goals," she added. 

Previous Arts Grant recipients include:

  • Houston Middle School's A Symphonic Clinic to Enhance Music Education allowed students to work one-on-one with guest artists from the greater Memphis area and beyond culminating in a final performance for friends and family.  
  • Madonna Learning Center's Access to Arts for Young Adults with Disabilities enabled trainees in the Monarch Adult Program to visit music, theater, dance and arts organizations around the Memphis area. 
  • Germantown High School Fine Arts Department  program titled A.R.T.S (The Artist Residency for Teachers and Students) funded workshops in vocal technique, audition prep and film/video production. 

To RSVP for the free grant workshop, contact Emily Hefley at For additional information or if interested in donating to the Arts Education Fund, please contact Parke Kennedy at 751-7505 or

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