The Classic Center Cultural Foundation

The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to entertain and educate our community by providing and supporting diverse performing, visual and culinary arts programs, while working to maintain The Classic Center in a state-of-the-art condition. The Cultural Foundation lives out this mission in a number of ways, including awarding annual scholarships to students of the arts, making grants to local community groups, hosting two rotating art galleries, and maintaining the permanent art collection that adorns the walls of The Classic Center.

In addition to these annual, ongoing programs, the Cultural Foundation takes on at least one special project each year to support initiatives in and around The Classic Center. Many times, these projects are fundraising capital campaigns that specifically work to keep The Classic Center in pristine condition. The Cultural Foundation is currently raising money for large murals to be painted that will adorn the walls in the lobby of The Classic Center Theatre.

Local artist Jill Biskin has been selected to create the murals. Jill has an impressive background and resume, including previous work in set design for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The Cultural Foundation Board of Directors has set a goal of $200,000 for the campaign, which will fund the creation and installation of the new murals, as well as special lighting and pieces of furniture to further beautify the lobby of the theatre.

To date, nearly $130,000 has been committed for the project. Campaign committee co-chairs Matt Dixon (pictured here), Faye Chambers and Archie Crenshaw have spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the project. Mrs. Dixon, who is also involved with the Athens Area Community Foundation, said, “The Classic Center Theatre is home to so many wonderful community events every single year, including Broadway shows, concerts, local fundraising events and more. Its impact reaches far beyond just those of us who are involved with the Cultural Foundation. These murals will be a gift that truly keep on giving for our community.”

Mrs. Dixon has been a member of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation Board of Trustees since 2014 and is a passionate advocate for the work of The Classic Center and the Cultural Foundation. “I want more people to understand the impact that the Center has on our community,” she says. “In addition to the entertainment and cultural offerings, The Classic Center is bringing groups to Athens that are investing money in our community while they are here. Just last year alone, The Classic Center generated over $45 million in economic impact for our town.”

The Cultural Foundation’s annual scholarship program is another point of pride for Mrs. Dixon. This year, the Foundation will give away $30,000 to students in Northeast Georgia in the areas of performing, visual, and culinary arts.

“I am thrilled to be part of an organization that has such a tremendous impact on our community. I would encourage anyone to learn more about the work of The Classic Center and the Cultural Foundation and to get involved as a member.”

To learn more about The Classic Center or The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, please visit To make a contribution to the Cultural Foundation’s theatre mural capital campaign, please contact Elizabeth Austin, Director of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, at or 706.357.4435.

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