The Foundation at Work

Classic Center Cultural Foundation infographic breakdown of economic impact


The Classic Center Cultural Foundation's mission is rooted in supporting local art in our community. The Foundation is honored to host two rotating art galleries as a way of bringing this mission to life and to the public. We invite you to tour these galleries, which are a reflection of the immense talent of local artists in Athens. You can support our local art community by adding a unique piece from these collections to your home.

For more information, or to purchase a piece from the Classic Galleries, please contact Co-Curators Didi Dunphy and/or Jamie Bull at


Each year the Foundation offers local community groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to aid them in accessing The Classic Center. Previous grants have been used to fund complimentary performances for patrons and students.


One of the goals of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is to support the youth in our community by awarding scholarships to local students in the performing, visual, and culinary arts. When the Cultural Foundation was created, one $1,000 scholarship was available. That grew into adding a donation back to the scholarship recipient’s school performing arts program. Now the Cultural Foundation awards $2,000 scholarships in the areas of instrumental, drama, dance, visual, and culinary arts, as well as $500 to each recipient’s school. Currently, the Cultural Foundation awards 12 students each year, totaling $30,000 in annual scholarships, throughout Northeast Georgia.

Workforce Development

Hospitality Careers Academy

The Hospitality Careers Academy is a summer opportunity for high school students interested in a career in hospitality and tourism. The Classic Center partners with The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee and Levy to host this program. During the week long Academy, students will listen to guest speakers in the industry, participate in job shadowing and industry tours, take part in team-building and leadership activities, all while working toward the culminating project that integrates the skills and information they have gained throughout the week. The event the students create is always an inspiring one and wouldn't be possible without the Foundation's support. The Academy's graduates have gone to institutions such as Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

Workforce Development

Bread for Life

The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is proud to partner with Bread for Life, a non-profit organization that provides leaders in the local hospitality industry as instructors to at risk adults. Bread for Life hires a talented and experienced baker to oversee production and brings in experienced teachers to direct the educational program, as well as a dedicated crew of volunteers. The students that participate in this program are truly remarkable, as they have the desire to embark on a career path that will lift them and their families out of poverty, through a career path in the hospitality industry. This recipe for success combines a classroom curriculum plus hands-on paid training to prepare the student graduates for a viable, sustainable career. A total of 98% of graduates from Bread for Life receive and retain employment in the industry.