Georgia Fine Arts Academy

promoting the arts and humanities in Georgia since 1980


The Georgia Fine Arts Academy (GFAA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution, was founded in 1980 "to encourage and stimulate the development of the arts and humanities in Georgia." Since its first Talent Identification Project in 1981, hundreds of high school students have attended its summer educational programs at the Daffodil Farm in north Georgia. In the 1990s, the GFAA began providing programs in the arts to enrich the lives of inner city youth in Altanta, and for emotionally and behaviorally challenged students in the public schools' North Georgia Educational Program. By the end of the 1990s, more than 1,000 students had participated in and benefited from GFAA programs. Graduates of the program went on to study at art schools around the country including Parsons School of Design in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Atlanta College of Art, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, and the Ernest G. Welch School of Art at Georgia State University.


Student art - Daffodil Farm by Jeff Hyde


Cafe Apollinaire

Named for Guillaume Apollinaire, a poet, playwrite and author, who encouraged emerging artists during the Surrealist Period of Art in Paris, Cafe Apollinaire is held in April and November in the Cine Lab in Athens where tables are arranged like the outdoor cafes of Paris, where artists gathered nightly to discuss their art and new ideas.

Classical Athens Institute

The Classical Athens Institute is a plan to turn Athens, Georgia into a virtual living museum of Classical Athenian Festivals the first part of which was staging two of Plato's Dialogues - First Alcibiades and Ion - on September 24, 2012 (the first time in 2,400 years Plato's dialogues have been staged.)

Academy Without Walls

Academy Without Walls offers Classes/Roundtables/Discussion Groups on relevant topics modeled after those held at Harvard University Institutes, as well as modeled after the tutorial method of Oxford University. Our mission is to recreate and emulate Plato's Academy in Athens, Georgia, which was named Athens by the visionary founders of the University of Georgia in 1785 with the intention that it would be like the Athens of Socrates and Plato in Ancient Greece.