Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Elsberry announced on Monday, that the Tooga Theater has received a grant from the Atlanta-based Fox Theater Institute (FTI). FTI was founded in 2008 in response to a statewide need for assistance with the restoration and operation of Georgia’s historic theatres. Since that time, the Fox Theatre has now awarded more than $1.8 million in financial support as well as shared its organizational experience with more than seventy other theatres. You can read the press release about the $22,600 grant for the Tooga Theater below:
The Tooga Theater is pleased to announce the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) has awarded The Tooga Theater with a $22,600 grant to restore the façade, windows and doors and to install the marquee. Atlanta-based FTI is the Fox Theatre’s dynamic outreach program offering historic preservation expertise, consultation, and educational programs to historic theatres in Georgia and the Southeast.
The Tooga Theater in historic downtown Summerville, GA has long been a centerpiece for cultural and community activities. The Tooga Theater is a cultural and historical asset to the citizens of Chattooga County. It will attract additional tourists, spur business growth and opportunities, and provide support for the existing local businesses.
FTI’s Preservation Grant Program and Historic Preservation Services maintains an ongoing commitment to historic theaters and has supported over sixty projects since 2008, totaling more than $2.2 million in financial support for preservation and physical improvements. In addition to the grant program, the almost 50-year-old nonprofit organization manages Georgia Presenters, a statewide booking consortium, which helps spark collaboration among dozens of accomplished arts presenters.