We had a blast at Heart for the Arts 2023 on April 13! Thank you to everyone who attended, and a special shout-out to Legends Distillery in Cumming for donating the space for the second year in a row!


a long table with a white tablecloth on it, as well as papers and clipboards, with four people standing behind the table together, smiling
(l-r) FCAA Board member Derek Brooks, FCAA Executive Director Ahna Phillips, and FCAA Board members Linda Roberts-Betsch and Lynn Jackson

Sept. 17-18, 2022 — We loved meeting you at our booth at Cumming Art Fest in the new Cumming City Center, along with wonderful artists, food vendors, and live music.


Wide view of the room with a few dozen attendees focused on a speaker. There are paintings hanging all around the room.
We had a wonderful time at our Heart for the Arts night on April 28, 2022 at Legends Distillery in Cumming! Thank you to everyone who came to support the arts, and a big shout-out to Legends for donating the space!

More photos from Heart for the Arts 2022

Along with our annual grant cycle, we help arts organizations increase their capacity by offering learning opportunities and networking events.

Budget and Finance for Arts Organizations workshop. People sit in chairs at tables facing the front where a screen shows charts and budget samples
Budget and Finance for Arts Organizations workshop

Past examples include:

  • Budget and Finance for Arts Organizations workshop led by CPA (and FCAA Board Member) Ann-Margaret Johnston
  • A networking lunch in partnership with Forsyth County Public Library, where attendees learned about the library’s Foundation Directory Online database to search for further grant funding opportunities
  • “FoCo Arts: Surviving and Thriving” virtual event to help arts organizations navigate the challenges of the pandemic 

We build relationships throughout Forsyth County area arts-oriented businesses and nonprofits to help our community’s arts providers grow their audience.

Three women, two with masks on, are smiling, with the steps of City Hall interior in the background
Oct. 2021 – FCAA Exec. Dir. Ahna Phillips (left) and 2021 Sawnee Association of the Arts Pres. Carole Kjellsen (right) witness the lease signing at City Hall in Cumming by Susan Barton (center) the owner of the forthcoming business, Muse Cabin. Muse Cabin will be a music and visual arts space at the new Cumming City Center – a welcome addition to the arts community in FoCo!