Chiquita Mullins Lee, Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship recipient, in Cove Studio

Year-End Giving

Click button to donate to the Annual Fund or scroll down to direct a gift to a specific area.

This year’s award-winning documentary captured Mary Hambidge proclaiming her hopes to “keep one spot pure…with a love for wisdom, and for beauty, and for the higher things in life.” She said those words fifty years ago and as we look back at all we’ve accomplished, we must thank you, our donors, our Fellows and our volunteers for everything you have given to make possible achieving Hambidge’s mission and fulfilling Mary’s vision.

Some of the year’s highlights include:

  • Presenting the Creative HiVE featuring dozens of artists at Colony Square free to the public
  • Hosting a sold-out Total Solar Eclipse on the lawn at Hambidge with gourmet picnic
  • Unveiling two new site-specific installations from Scott Hocking and Gregor Turk
  • Making critical repairs to our beloved Lucinda’s Rock House and renovating Kendrick’s Kitchen

See below for a full summary of 2017 achievements.

Hambidge is doing big things, but we are still a small grass-roots organization that mostly depends on individual gifts (small and large) from folks like you. No place nurtures the creative spirit like Hambidge. This year we made great strides in deepening our investments in creative communities by growing our number of residents and making direct payments to artists totaling over $225,000.

We continue to raise funds to share with our artists in the form of Distinguished Fellowships and Scholarships. As the demand to be in residence at Hambidge continues to grow, we want to expand financial assistance to those in need. This gift can have enormous impact, making a career-trajectory difference with an individual artist. We are very excited to announce the Lee and Margaret Echols Fellowship for Musicians which will dramatically enhance the music program for five years.

Next year’s Art Auction and Gala will be held on May 5th, 2018. Co-Chaired by Erica Dechicchis and Malissa and Bill Peace, this event promises to be a new chapter in memorable Hambidge signature events. Next summer, we will present a gallery exhibition by Natalie Chanin and outdoor exhibition by Rachel Garceau. This NEA-supported project will also include textile, ceramic and culinary workshops. Speaking of culinary arts- we are adding an outdoor cooking area to Kendrick’s Kitchen which is certain to be a new favorite gathering space for residents and workshop attendees.

We wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be celebrating all this growth without your support. Kendrick’s Kitchen, Scholarships and Fellowships are all great ways to support Hambidge. We also welcome unrestricted year-end gifts which are crucial to our very core, which is providing a place to nurture creativity of all disciplines while protecting the environment and preserving our 600-acre historic campus.

We recognize that many organizations call upon you this time of the year. Your donation will be matched by the LUBO Fund if we reach $10,000 in year-end giving. We would be honored for your support, and we wish you all the best this holiday season.

Respectfully yours,
Kirk Rich, Board Chair                      Woodie Wisebram, Development Co-Chair   
Kathy Williams, Development Co-Chair               Kate Warner, Development Director    
Jamie Badoud, Executive Director

& The Hambidge Center Board of Trustees
Cyndae Arrendale, Terri Cameron, Lucinda Chapman, Steve Clark, Bethany Collins, George Cooke, Erica Dechicchis, Dallas Denny, Jesica Eames, Elizabeth Feichter, Jennifer Garrett, Sarah Gillespie, Laura Heard, Caroline Howell, Lindsey Mann, Paula Francis Rogers, Michael Rooks, Jane Fickling Skinner, Mary Callan Thomas, Marcia Weber, Lucinda Bunnen (Trustee Emerita), Helen Meadors (Trustee Emerita)

2017 Annual Giving Opportunities

Click on the button below to make an unrestricted gift of any amount to our Annual Fund. To direct a gift to a particular fund or program, click on one of the following opportunities. All donations are tax-deductible.

Residency Support -
all amounts are appreciated   
Land Conservation - all amounts are appreciated
Donation in honor of Lucinda’s Rock House for Kendrick’s Kitchen -
all amounts are appreciated
The Anagama Program -
all amounts are appreciated
Sponsor a 1 week residency - $1,500
Sponsor a 2 week residency - $3,000
Sponsor a Distinguished Fellowship - ($3,500) A Distinguished Fellowship offers a scholarship with a generous stipend for any directed creative discipline, geographic area, demographic, etc. You are also afforded a naming opportunity to honor or memorialize the person or group of your choosing.

Please contact Kate Warner at 678-612-7027 or for details or if you have any questions.

If you would prefer to make a donation by check or credit card by mail, click here to download a printable form, and mail it to:  Hambidge, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. Or you may call 706-746-7324.

To find out more about other Giving Opportunities click here.

2017 Hambidge – By The Numbers

Home to 184 residents, from 19 to 84 years old, representing 31 states and 10 countries plus a 9-month-old accompanying her mom

4 meals a week for each resident totaling 1,408 Homemade Hambidge dinners while completing phase 1 of Kendrick’s Kitchen with the outdoor cooking area in the works

Creative HiVE presented 12 teams of artists that transformed Colony Square for 3 months with dynamic ongoing free performances & installations experienced by thousands of individuals- which was covered in 22 articles or newscasts

Art Auction with more than 400 artworks and an immense, awe-inspiring sculpture by Jason Hackenwerth along with ongoing imaginative installations and performances by the Creative Hive

Total Eclipse hosted a once-in-a-lifetime event in eclipse totality with special performances and installations

Art of Food curated 5 artists with 5 chefs that collaborated to present unique artworks and delicious culinary dishes

Mary Hambidge documentary by Hal Jacobs was screened at the Atlanta History Center, Colony Square and Hambidge

Hambidge helped South Arts launch the Southern Prize awarding southern visual artists $80,000, while Hambidge also received funding increases from the National Endowment for the Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Fulton County Arts & Culture

Presented Field Experiment winner 9to5, a month-long live-streaming project with over 20 artists exploring how technology affects artist-audience interactions by remote broadcasting video in the GSU CUBE

10 Public Artist Talk Events including over 50 artists-in-residence and 8 Nature Hikes and 2 Anagama Kiln Firings

3 Gallery Shows including over 114 artists and commissioned 2 site-specific art projects on the property

Festival with over 25 attractions, performances and installations with full access to the property

Partnerships with PNC, SKYY Vodka, North American Properties, South Arts, AT&T, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Dashboard, Wander North Georgia, Dillard House Stables, Atlanta History Center, ART PAPERS, ArtsATL, The Bitter Southerner

Performed aquatic bio-monitoring to continue preservation of our eco-system

Made payments to 175 artists for art sales, stipends and performances totaling over $225,000 and awarded 25 Distinguished Fellowships supporting scientists, musicians, chefs, writers, dancers, and veteran, environmental, minority, ceramic and textile artists