Fox Theatre Awards The Strand A 2023-2024 Preservation Grant

Fox Theatre Institute Funds $31,500 to Support Critical Project
MARIETTA, Ga. - Oct. 19, 2023 - PRLog -- The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), the Community Partnerships arm of Atlanta's Fox Theatre, has awarded the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre ("The Strand") a financial grant award for $31,500 to transform the sound system in The Strand's main auditorium. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, FTI offers programming, consulting, and grant funding assistance to historic theaters and structures throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Overall, the FTI program has committed over $500,000 in three funding categories this grant cycle.

"With FTI's grant of $31,500, we will be able to upgrade the speaker array in our historic auditorium beyond anything we could have done alone," said Taylor Rambo, Development Director of The Strand.  "This funding will take the quality of our performances to a new level and transform the listening experience for our patrons in Marietta, Cobb County, and across the region."

Marking its 15th anniversary, FTI aims to bolster both economic and cultural vitality in local communities, extending from Atlanta and beyond, through its 2023-2024 grant program.

Since its inception in 2008, FTI has committed over $3.3 million across four grant categories: Preservation, Historic Structure Studies, Technical Assistance, and Urgent/Emergency Grants, each offering up to $500,000 in crucial statewide support.

Leigh Burns, Director of the Fox Theatre Institute shared, "Now in our 15th year, FTI has had a tremendous opportunity to increase not only the preservation of historic theatres, but to see positive results for the ongoing economic and cultural impact created in their surrounding downtowns. We have many exciting plans for the next 15 years and look forward to continuing investing, but also expanding, the footprint of programs here at the Fox."

FTI also manages various outreach initiatives such as "Fox in a Box," a complimentary educational program for Georgia's elementary schools; Georgia Presenters, a unique statewide talent booking network; and Preservation Grants, which offer exclusive funding options for historic theatre preservation.

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