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In the spring of 2020 the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, in partnership with the Graduate School, the UGA Arts Council, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Flagpole magazine, awarded 34 micro-fellowships in a new program called Shelter Projects. The $500 fellowships supported graduate students and community-based artists and practitioners in the creation of shareable reflections on their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic through the arts and humanities.

The funded projects were selected by a committee of the sponsoring UGA units and Flagpole from among more than 100 proposals representing more than 25 departments, schools, and colleges across the university, as well as the Athens and Georgia communities at large. Selected proposals included projects in music, film/video, theater, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, short stories, publishing, and other media. The projects were completed during the spring and summer, and are now exhibited on the Willson Center's website along with several "Volunteer Projects" generously shared by some of those among the many who submitted proposals that could not be funded.

Read more about a few of the Shelter Project micro-fellowship recipients in this article from @UGAResearch.

This exhibition is part of the university's Spotlight on the Arts festival. More information on the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (

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I quite enjoyed the exhibition and the various forms of the projects submitted by the many individuals.

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