Laura Grace Conroy
“A spirit so bright this world could not hold her.”
Those who knew Laura – and so many did – knew she was full of light and love and energy. She reached wide and far and changed many lives for the better. She had a joy for life, a love for community, a deep artistic nature, a lust for travel, and a desire to make the world a better place. Let’s keep on embracing those qualities for her.
One of Laura’s greatest passions was her work as an aerial artist and an instructor at Canopy Studio in Athens, Georgia. On the pole, the trapeze, and the silks she personified grace, beauty, and strength. On the ground she inspired her students to believe in themselves and not be afraid to fly.
Another of Laura’s great passion was helping people. She spearheaded a program to bring in and teach scholarship-funded classes at Canopy Studio to members of the underserved Migrant-Latino community in her hometown of Athens. She wanted her students to have a space to dance, perform, and thrive. Her compassion and dedication to her students and community will never be forgotten.
Laura Conroy Community Light Award
To honor Laura’s memory, the Conroy Family and Canopy Studio have established an annual scholarship – for more info, please see the Scholarship Application
We were proud to present our first winner, Tracy Brown, in January of 2018. Tracy was awarded one class per session (five total) plus a few private lessons throughout the year. Tracy’s entire class submitted nominations on her behalf and the committee was moved by her contributions to the community. Congratulations!
The Laura Conroy Memorial Fund will help Canopy carry on Laura’s mission and make the program the success she envisioned. Through the Laura Conroy Memorial Fund, Canopy Studio will continue to provide performance arts and aerial instruction to the underserved Migrant-Latino Community in Athens, Georgia.
This Fund is established and operated by Laura’s family: Mike Conroy, Liz Conroy, and Mary Conroy Almada in collaboration with Canopy Studio.
You can make a contribution to the fund with a check made out to Athens Area Community Foundation – make sure to note Laura Conroy Memorial Fund on the memo line.
Please mail checks to: Athens Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1543, Athens, GA 30603.
You can also make a secure electronic donation by using the link below. Note: PayPal charges a fee of 2.2% +$0.30. Please consider adding this fee to your donation. (For example , if you wish the LCMF to receive $100, donate $102.50; if $50, donate $51.40). To avoid the fee, check donations are encouraged.
The Laura Conroy Memorial Fund is dedicated to providing scholarships for aerial classes at Canopy Studio for the under-served Migrant-Latino Community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you for your support in keeping Laura’s work and memory shining on.