Pines and Palms

A local artist paints a portrait during Pines & Palms Art on The Street Event. 


The Georgia Council for the Arts has awarded a $6,000 grant to Pines & Palms, the Georgia-Florida Artists Association.

The Thomasville non-profit sponsors classes for local artists of all skill levels, brings in nationally known artists to give demonstration workshops, and organizes plein air arts events and art shows in Thomasville, Boston and rural areas of the county. Its studio in the Vashti Center gives local artists a place to gather and create art.

“Pines & Palms has a history of outreach across generations in Thomasville and rural communities in Thomas County and surrounds,” said Sandi Shaw, president and founding member of the local arts group. “This generous grant will enhance our ability to reach new audiences and better engage existing audiences by building our internet technology and social media reach.”

Here are some of the comments about Pines & Palms made by panelists who selected it for the grant:

“Panelist loves to see what a dedicated band of volunteers can accomplish when they put their minds to it.”

“Fiscally sound with a budget surplus. Outstanding in-kind volunteer contributions.”

“Panelist commends the applicant for recognizing the importance of growing technology and embracing it as a part of their plan to reach audiences.”

 Pines and Palms was one of 213 organizations from throughout the state receiving grants totaling $3.1 million. Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges, and multi-discipline arts entities.

“The arts sector has proven its resilience over the last two years, and it has played a major role in restarting the economy through attracting tourism, bringing communities back together, and aiding classroom learning as we inspire the workforce of the future,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “The 253 grants we have awarded will help cities and organizations bring people more back to work while enhancing the qualities that make Georgia so special.”

Money awarded by the arts council, an arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, includes appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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