Georgia Council for the Arts awards funding to Mars Theatre for upcoming show – ArtRAGEous!

ATLANTA, Oct. 26, 2016 — The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) announced that the Mars Theatre is a recipient of the Vibrant Communities grant. Eighty-five entities across the state of Georgia, such as libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc. will receive more than $297,963 in funding.

“Georgia’s communities are filled with great art, inspired artists and bold visions for the ways in which local art can bolster economic development efforts in our communities,” said GCA executive director Karen Paty. “GCA recognizes that a thriving arts community contributes immeasurably to economic and social vitality, and the Vibrant Communities grant is one of the ways in which we support the incredible work happening in our communities.”

“We are extremely excited to receive this grant”, said Mars Theatre director, Allison Newberry. “This money will allow us to continue bringing quality family entertainment to the people of Effingham and surrounding counties.” The upcoming show ArtRAGEous! is an example of how the Mars Theatre is bringing art and music to the area in a fun and exciting way. Tickets are on sale now for the November 12th performance either online at or by calling the box office at 912-754- 1118.

In addition to the ticketed show, the ArtRAGEous! troupe will offer a free one hour glimpse into how they do what they do. The Art-reach program will be entertaining, informative, educational and expect audience participation. This session starts at 11am at Mars Theatre. No tickets will be sold for this session so it will be first come-first seated. To learn more about the show, visit

About Georgia Council of Arts

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts.  GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities.  Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Mars Theatre

Mars Theatre is a single screen theatre with a stage perfect for small groups and performances. Opening in 1945, it operated as a theatre for 12 years before closing. In 1990, the Springfield Revitalization Corporation adopted the Mars as its project. Along with help from the Fox Theatre and the City of Springfield, the Mars reopened in April of 2014. Over the past two years, thousands have come to enjoy live performances and first run movies can be seen most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for only $7.


Georgia Department of Economic Development Contact:

Emily Murray


Mars Theatre Contact:

Allison Newberry, Theatre Director