In 2005, the sale of the Sawnee Cultural Arts Center in Forsyth County created new opportunities for the arts to impact future generations. The proceeds from the Arts Center sale provided the seed money that formed the Forsyth County Arts Alliance (FCAA), a fund administered by the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF). Creativity and vision led to this careful decision to steward the legacy of the Arts Center and support the arts well outside building walls.
The FCAA has promoted year-round art engagement for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout the local community. Every year, FCAA takes a portion of their endowed funds to conduct an annual grants cycle that supports diverse art endeavors and outside-the-box initiatives. As of the Summer of 2021, the FCAA had disbursed almost $600,000 in grant awards to local arts organizations, schools, libraries, and other nonprofit or governmental entities. These awards also include endowed scholarships for students majoring in the arts at the University of North Georgia, as well as Lanier Technical College. By stewarding their original gift and additional contributions from art patrons, along with continued community support, the FCAA has ensured that arts of all forms will continue to grow and thrive in Forsyth County for many years to come.