Effingham County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Anderson Visual Arts Fund. This year, $4,000 was awarded to four organizations in Effingham County in support of their visual arts programs.
The Ballard Nature Center, located in Altamont, is the recipient of a $450 grant to create a new outdoor art station for the annual Outdoor Day. The children in attendance had the opportunity to learn new drawing techniques and were taught to draw birds.
A $2,000 grant was awarded to the Effingham Artisan Fair creates a free opportunity for the community to connect with regional and local artists as well as enjoy the festival atmosphere that the fair brings to Downtown Effingham. The grant supports the program expenses needed to operate the festival, which is staffed entirely of volunteers.
The Effingham Child Development Center has received a $1,000 to implement visual art activities to correlate with its school curriculum. This grant will cover expenses for new materials and will impact 45 school-aged children.
Effingham Art Guild received a $500 grant in support of the annual Children’s Art Show. Approximately 350-450 entries are received and all schools in Effingham County are encouraged to have their students participate. The Children’s Art Show gives students a place to display their work and show their talent to the community. The children participating range from preschool age to seniors in high school. This art show gives the students and their teachers a sense of accomplishment.
As renowned local artists, Bill and Jacquelyn Jordan Anderson were committed to the promotion of the fine arts and deeply involved in the development of community programs like these designed to benefit youth in Effingham County. They felt the future of a community depended on the strength of its youth and their ability to express themselves creatively.