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Hudgens Center received grant for 50K

Photo: Kelly Olson The Hudgens Center of the Arts received a $50,000 grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

Photo: Kelly Olson The Hudgens Center of the Arts received a $50,000 grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

DULUTH -- For the last several years, the Hudgens Center for the Arts and its board have been working toward receiving a grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

This December, the nonprofit's efforts paid off. The Duluth art institution has been awarded a $50,000 grant.

Six years ago, the Hudgens was originally awarded a series of Toolbox Grants, which provided consultants to assist in very specific areas, including organizational assessment, board development and strategic planning in order to make the center a first-rate art organization.

"The Toolbox Grants are a major reason why we are where we are today," said Teresa Osborn, executive director at the Hudgens. "Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund literally gave us the tools we needed to move forward and to reach the level of success we have. They have helped transform us into a well-functioning, sustainable arts organization."

With the receipt of this new funding grant, the center will continue to grow.

"The funds from this grant will allow us to take some bold steps, such as investing in technology," Osborn said. "We are deeply grateful to Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund for their support over the years, and for this significant grant. We are proud that we are finally in a place to receive a grant of this magnitude."

The nonprofit plans to use the funds for several upgrades around the center, especially for new technology, "which will increase both our productivity and our ability to serve the community," Obsorn said.