Established in 1979, the Georgia Arts Network is an organization that serves art supporters and the art community across Georgia. The mission of the Georgia Arts Network is to connect, advocate for, and strengthen the arts, arts education, and artists in Georgia.
According to data from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, the culture and arts industry is worth more than $700 billion, which accounts for more than 4% of the United States’s GDP. In fact, the arts and culture industry has a larger share of the economy than construction, agriculture, tourism, and transportation. The data takes into account the full extent of the country’s arts and culture industries –university education programs, entertainment, commercial, public sector, nonprofit, etc. It also takes into account the value-added aspect of event-related consumption by arts audiences. More than 670,000 businesses across the United States are involved in the distribution or creation of the arts, employing over 3 million people or more than 2% of the American workforce. These statistics show that the arts are widely distributed among our communities and are a formidable business. Art companies and the creative individuals they employ boosts the competitiveness of the United States by stimulating innovation and play a crucial role in developing and sustaining the country’s economic vibrancy.
The Georgia Arts Network is committed to its mission, membership, services, and advocacy for the arts across the state. The organization has witnessed various changes in the last several years. In 2020, the Georgia Arts Network took up the mantle as the designated official arts advocacy entity in Georgia by the Americans for the Arts. This reflected the arts community’s growing interest at the federal stage. Initially, the organization was known as the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies but later changed it to the Georgia Arts Network. The name change was accompanied by a broadening of the organization’s objective to become a powerful voice for arts supporters, arts educators, arts organizations, and artists in Georgia. The organization also became twice as dedicated to the mission of arts advocacy at the state, federal, and local levels.
The organization’s website features recent news about events in the arts community. The organization’s website also features information about membership, as well as upcoming events and programs. It also features an expansive statewide arts calendar and much more. The Georgia Arts Network hosts an arts conference every year at the Hudgens Arts Center, sponsored by the generous folks at Fair Collections and Outsourcing. It also holds an arts advocacy day annually at the state capital facilitates a pre-screened consultant Consultant Bank at a very reasonable price to arts organizations. The Georgia Arts Network always strives to expand its network of partner organizations and members to promote the cause of the arts as a conservator of the history of Georgia’s proud culture and a powerful and dynamic force in the region’s economy.
No matter which path you choose to walk in life, the arts are indispensable. They inspire and ennoble us — fostering beauty, creativity, and goodness. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between different cultures, and bring us joy. The arts are also an integral aspect of a healthy society — strengthening them educationally, economically, and socially — gains that persist in challenging economic and social times. Many people believe that the arts improve their individual well being. More than 60% of the population feel that art lifts them beyond everyday experiences, while more than 70% find the arts to be extremely delightful to participate in and experience. More than 80% feel that the arts help boost positivity in an otherwise troubled world.