AMERICUS, Ga. — The Huss Foundation recently announced Amber Moore as the 2020 recipient of its kickstART program.
kickstART seeks to identify and aid local creative people who wish to build a business or otherwise sustain themselves with their artwork, products or performance, according to a press release from the Huss Foundation.
Each year one local artist, creator or maker is chosen to receive an award of $1,000, mentorship by the Foundation’s Director of the Arts, Sunni Zemblowski, and curatorship of the Huss Foundation’s Artists’ Gallery.
For the next year Moore will have the full support of the foundation’s resources in order to grow as an artist and learn crucial skills to continue her work into a career that gives back to the community, the press release said.
Moore is in her senior year at Georgia Southwestern State University as a fine arts major and is currently vice president of the Artists United GSW chapter. She is originally from Moultrie and has remained involved in her local community there during summer breaks from GSW.
“Amber is excited to bring more of the GSW community to Downtown Americus during monthly First Fridays and other events,” the press release said.
Moore described the importance of kickstART and her aspirations for 2020:
“As a young artist, this time period is critical to my development of my work, as well as my professional skills,” she said. “This program will give me the opportunity to meet other artists and to develop a network within the community. I will be able to take part in more community based projects...while developing these professional skills. This experience and growth will profoundly help me in the long run as I move on to pursue an MFA and as I continue on in my career as an artist.”
The Huss Foundation began its kickstART program for local artists, craftspeople, performers and writers two years ago. While the Americus and Sumter County community is rich with talent, local artisans often struggle to build a base of operation within the economy, the foundation said.
“The Huss Foundation believes it is crucial to assist in making artistic expression self sustainable in our community and economy,” the release said. “A vibrant artistic and creative community contributes to everyone’s quality of life, provides a destination for tourism, helps revitalize Downtown and improves the local economy.”
The kickstART program is organized and operated solely by The Huss Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) private foundation. The primary mission of The Huss Foundation is to promote the knowledge, art, and happiness of the Americus and greater Sumter County community.