By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor
The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) received a $20,000 grant from the Atlanta Metropolitan Arts Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art would like to publicly thank the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (MAAF) of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for their very generous grant of $20,000 which was recently awarded to the museum and is to be used to support the general operations of the organization,” said Karen Strelecki, director of the STMA. Strelecki is grateful to the MAAF is “for the confidence they have placed in STMA, for our Mission, children’s programs, and goals going forward. This funding will definitely enable us to continue the important work we do in the community and to add much needed staff in the form of an Arts Outreach Coordinator.” According to the STMA, The Museum’s Art$mart Project comprises the bulk of its programming and includes Creative Teens Earning Green at the Crossroads School, A Day @ STMA field trip/make-and-take art project experience for school children, and College Connections in addition to quarterly weekend workshops called STMArtventures, and myriad art exhibits of Steffen Thomas works as well as those of regional artists, both student and adult. An important current collaborative service project between STMA, Madison Presbyterian Church and Madison Baptist Church is the installation of a food labyrinth entitled SOULfood: A Labyrinth Walk Toward the End of Hunger in the Main Gallery of the Museum. This effort is made possible in part by the generous grant awarded to STMA by the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. The museum is partnering with the youth groups of both churches in the creation a food labyrinth that will benefit the Caring Place. The non-perishable food items have been collected by the churches and the youth met at the museum on Sunday, Dec 7 to create the labyrinth. Through January 3 any visitor to the museum bringing a non-perishable donation will be admitted free of charge, tour the museum, visit the museum’s holiday gift shop and walk the labyrinth, all while helping to combat hunger in the region. The food will be donated to the Caring Place in January, when they traditionally face high demand and low supplies. The Museum Director, Staff, and Board of Directors of STMA are very grateful to the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for this important financial support. For a broader understanding of STMA’s wide range of Arts Outreach Programs and Exhibitions, please visit our website, www.steffenthomas.org. The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625.