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Covenant Receives Vibrant Communities Grant

The Georgia Arts Council recently awarded Covenant College a Vibrant Communities Grant. The council’s mission is to “cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts.” The Vibrant Communities Grant was created to fund arts endeavors that meaningfully engage communities and K-12 students.


“We are so excited for this external affirmation of the good work of our music department,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. “Covenant College remains committed to engaging the arts and the community in ways that celebrate and declare the lordship of Christ in all things.”


The grant will contribute to the work of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series, which was inaugurated earlier this year. The series brings world-class musicians to Covenant’s campus for concerts, master classes, and one-on-one music lessons and coaching. During the spring of 2016, with help from the Vibrant Communities Grant, the College will invite students from local elementary, middle, and high schools to campus to participate in the musical education provided by these world-class musicians.


“The wonderful thing about this award is that it acknowledges the work and mission of the Hamm series—enhancing and even changing people’s lives by exposing them to world-class musicians—by a major external organization,” said David Tahere, assistant professor of music and artistic director of the series. “It should affirm to the Covenant community that the work we are doing and the opportunities we are creating for the greater Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain areas are effective, worthwhile, and valued. Anyone who has been in the audience at one of the Hamm series concerts would agree that the artists are musicians of the highest caliber. I am excited that this grant will help us bring these musicians to an even larger audience!”


This spring, the series will feature the Dismembered Tennesseans on January 19 and the Marinus Ensemble on February 23. All concerts and master classes are held at Covenant College and are free and open to the public. Concert tickets are available, free of charge, by completing this ticket request form, by emailing, or by calling 706.419.1459.