Woodstock’s Elm Street Cultural Arts Village recently received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $50,000. 

Officials said that the funds from this grant will be used to help support staff salaries for the nonprofit arts organization that had to halt operations since mid-March. 

Grants of $50,000 are offered to 846 organizations and the National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. The agency used more than 200 application readers and panelists to review and score each application using published criteria. Elm Street was one of 19 organizations in Georgia to win this grant funding to help supplement operations during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The arts industry has been dramatically impacted over the past four months,” said Elm Street’s Executive Director Christopher Brazelton. “We are so honored and humbled to have received this assistance, which has allowed us to avoid furloughing our staff.”

Brazelton said that, as an organization that relies on ticket sales and in-person events to operate, he has been overwhelmed with the community’s response and support when a majority of their programming had to be postponed or cancelled. 

“We’re grateful for our donors and supporters who have been checking in with us since March and asking how they are able to help," Brazelton said. "I’m also proud of my staff for showing diligence and stewardship. They’ve worked hard to cut over $50,000 in expenses since March.”

For more information on Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, visit elmstreetarts.org.

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