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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia 30513

County (ARC Region) Fannin
State (ARC Region) Georgia


Q1. Mission:

Provide opportunities in the realm of the Arts for personal growth of the individual and the economic growth of the community. 

Core Values:

  1. Enhance and preserve the quality and accessibility of the Arts
  2. Honor our rich heritage of Applachia culture
  3. Promote contemporary and multi-cultural Arts
  4. Serve as a catalyst for economic development in the community

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Our organization aligns with goals 1, 2, 4, and 5 via our mission, core values, and day-to-day programming, operations, and initiatives throughout the community. 

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/4 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $122,201/$153,874

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $337,608 / $335,801

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $122,201 / $153,874

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($15,000)
Received From: PPP Loan- United Community Bank   Date Received: 4/25/20
For What Purpose(s): Payroll

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Income is the most obvious and vital negative impact for our organization. Our income sources and fundraisers such as festivals, classes, and events have all been canceled since March, with no end in sight.  We continue to operate out of our Art Center with exhibits and minimal classes, but visitation is down and our offerings are limited based on space.   We have had to scale back hours on some employees and instructors due to Covid limitations and event cancellations equaling less work for some of our staff members. 

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Community and artist support

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

I see this programming helping us navigate and work to a creative solution towards fundraising, mitigating costs and expenses, renew our perspective on our mission and values, and establishing a more long-term plan for our organization and it’s long term livelihood.



Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Nichole Potzauf, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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