Arts expansion

Courtesy of The Goat Farm Arts Center

Tucked away down a quiet street, not far from Howell Mill Road on Atlanta's Westside, you'll find the Goat Farm Arts Center. It's a compound of artist studios, residences, and performance and event spaces. While there are some goats, it's long been a community where artists can live, exchange ideas, and get projects off the ground.

The Goat Farm recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of the arts compound, joined On Second Thought to explain how this will allow them to both preserve most of the existing structures on the property while expanding the facilities and scope of their programs. He also discussed what they hope this will achieve for Georgia's arts community.

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Budgets run tight in Georgia Public Schools, especially in rural communities. Some have been forced to reduce arts programs over the years to shift funds to math and reading. Now, they're getting some help from the Georgia Department of Education. GDOE will fund a total of $260,000 to help rural districts expand fine arts opportunities. 

Jessica Booth is a fine arts program specialist from the Department of Education. She spoke with "On Second Thought" about the new grants. Laura Gregory also joined the conversation on the line from Wayne County. She's an art educator for Wayne County middle schools.