(Media release from the Georgia House of Representatives):

State Representative Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee), chairman of the House Insurance Committee, announces that Tooga Theater in Summerville, Georgia has been awarded a one-time grant of $250,000 allocated under House Bill 915, the Amended Fiscal Year 2024 budget. These Special Project funds are awarded through the Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development charged with empowering the arts industry in Georgia and artists around the state to cultivate healthy, vibrant communities that are rich in civic participation, cultural experiences and economic prosperity.

“The Tooga Theater, nestled in historic downtown Summerville, has long been a cherished hub for cultural and community activities, serving as a testament to our rich heritage,” said Chairman Lumsden. “This grant not only bolsters the theater’s role as a cultural and historical asset for the citizens of Chattooga County but also promises to attract more tourists, stimulate business growth and provide vital support to our local businesses. It’s a win-win for our community, celebrating our heritage while fostering economic opportunities.”

“We commend the Georgia General Assembly for providing these one-time appropriations to support arts in rural communities,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “Arts events enhance downtowns, support small businesses, and provide jobs while creating excitement and unity.”

Representative Eddie Lumsden represents the citizens of District 12, which includes Chattooga County and portions of Floyd County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves as Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Governmental Affairs, Human Relations & Aging, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Rules and State Properties committees.