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Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: Black Dispatches: Freedom Under Foot


The Atlanta Cyclorama


As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta, we want to expand the conversation about the war and what it means to us …

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Gallery 72 :: Art Against the Wall, An Artist Response to Civil Wars


Gallery Hours:: 8am - 6pm,  M-F Art Against the Wall, An Artist Response to Civil Wars Curated by Radcliffe Bailey On view: July 11 – August 22, …

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The 2014-2015 Contracts for Arts Services Grant Application is Now Live!


The 2014-2015 Contracts for Arts Services Grant Application is now open to interested 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists here.  Check out our program …

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2014 Atlanta Jazz Festival is Here


The Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) welcomes thousands of residents and visitors to Piedmont Park for 3 days of free jazz during Memorial Day Weekend, each year. The …

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Atlanta Jazz Festival Announces Winners of Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition


“We had an amazing turnout of extraordinarily talented young musicians at this year’s Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition,” states Camille Russell …

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40th Anniversary Celebration at Oakland Cemetary


SUNDAY, MAY 4TH 2014 | “To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Office of Cultural Affairs and the rich legacy of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, we have …

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In 1990, Mayor Maynard Jackson had a vision for the arts in Atlanta. He initiated an arts summit that brought together over 500 leaders in Atlanta’s art community. This summit created the “Atlanta Blueprint for the Arts” that became the guiding force for the arts in this city and has been largely implemented in conjunction with established and emerging arts organizations. This Blueprint was a catalyst for change as Atlanta strived to be recognized as a premier city for the arts. More than a decade later, Atlanta has emerged as a regional cultural center. Through the strategic use of resources and creative ingenuity the Office of Cultural Affairs continues to provide programs that enrich the citizens of Atlanta and the region.

Our vision is to create an enhanced quality of life in Atlanta through cultural experiences. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life through cultural experiences that can serve as an international model. In the next few years, under the leadership of Mayor Kasim Reed, we will seek to position Atlanta as an international leader in the arts community.

I hope that this website provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the Office of Cultural Affairs and its role in the delivery of arts and culture to the city of Atlanta. Our intent is to provide an information source as well as an interactive tool for communication with the community at large. An investment in the arts nurtures commerce, education and technology. The Office of Cultural Affairs is uniquely positioned to sustain and to expand Atlanta’s presence in the world arts community.

Yours in art and culture,

Camille Russell Love

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta’s cultural resources. The initial mission was to solidify the role that arts and other cultural resources play in defining and enhancing the social fabric and quality of life of Atlanta citizens and visitors.

Today the OCA understands that the arts play an essential role in defining the cultural vitality of the city and is working to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA aims to provide programs that contribute substantially to the city’s economy and quality of life.

The Office of Cultural Affairs’ programming is executed in four key areas:  Arts and Education Services, Contracts for Arts Services, Performing Arts, and Public Art.  The OCA also manages operations associated with the Chastain Arts Center and Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum.  Our individual programs are:

The Cultural Experience Project (CEP), which aligns the City of Atlanta with the philanthropic arm of business organizations throughout the area, provides opportunities for over 30,000 Atlanta Public School (APS) students, Pre-K through 12th Grade, to experience the broad range of Atlanta’s premiere cultural venues and artistic programs at no cost to the student.

Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) and power2give/Atlanta annually contribute funding to arts organizations and individual artists for art projects and experiences in Atlanta. This allows us to support artistic efforts throughout the city and provide an opportunity for arts organizations to raise additional funds within the community through our online fundraising tool, power2give/Atlanta.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) welcomes thousands of residents and visitors to Piedmont Park for 3 days of free jazz during Memorial Day Weekend, each year. The AJF also includes the Youth Jazz Band Competition which allows Atlanta area middle and high school jazz bands to compete for an opportunity to perform during the festival and raise funds (donated by sponsors) for their school’s jazz program. The Atlanta Jazz Festival, Incorporated , a 501(c)(3), supports AJF programming through donations and the support of its members, the 35 for 35 Society, a philanthropic group comprised of individuals dedicated to the preservation of jazz.

The Public Art Program (PAP) focuses on the conservation and maintenance of Atlanta’s Public Art Collection and also produces Elevate, an annual free Public Art festival featuring local, national and international artists throughout the city. In the past fiscal year, Elevate was named one of the Top 50 Public Art Projects in the Country by Americans for the Arts and has also been nominated for the Livable Cities Award.  The PAP also manages City of Atlanta Public Art Audio Tours which focus on educating the residents and guests about Atlanta’s Public Art Collection located in the central downtown Atlanta area.

Chastain Arts Center (CAC) serves over 500 students, employs about 30 instructors and continues to maintain a steady stream of revenue from class enrollment, Art a la Carte summer camp, and the Shop at Chastain. The City Gallery at Chastain hosts exhibitions throughout the fiscal year, adding to Atlanta’s unique cultural landscape.

The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is the home of the painting, “The Battle of Atlanta,” one of the City’s most historical assets and the “Texas”, a famed locomotive of the Civil War. The Cyclorama serves over 50,000 visitors each year; generating over $500,000 in revenue. Throughout the year, special programs, book signings and a speaker series are presented, focusing on various perspectives associated with our local and national history.

The Office of Cultural Affairs also interfaces with the international community by providing opportunities for cultural exchange. These exchanges are evident in our programming for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Elevate, and workshops in our facilities by artists, primarily from Atlanta’s Sister Cities.   In addition, the OCA routinely works with the Airport Art Program and the Atlanta Beltline on their initiatives, including representation on artist selection panels, and oversight of their installations.

Vision & Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life through cultural experiences that will expand Atlanta’s international reputation.

To promote rich and diverse cultural experiences in the city of Atlanta while preserving and protecting the city’s cultural heritage


  • Maintain highest quality services.
  • Gain international recognition of programs.
  • Unify Atlanta’s cultural community through programs.
  • Educate Atlanta on Cultural Development.
  • Create Cultural experience that can serve as international model.
  • Use cultural experience to enhance quality of life.
  • Provide Culture and Art needs to all citizens & visitors.
  • Promote a rich and diverse cultural experience in the City of Atlanta.
  • Nurture artists and Arts organizations.
  • Educate and inform citizens and visitors of the City’s cultural offerings.
  • Support the arts community of Atlanta.
  • Strengthen our impact through partnerships with other organizations.
  • Build bridges into new communities and develop new audiences.
  • Preserve and protect the existing cultural heritage of the City of Atlanta.

The OCA Internship Program

OCA Internship Programs provide a substantive learning experience that serves as a basis for interns to explore career options and attain professional skills in a variety of arts leadership fields such as arts education, community outreach, development, arts management, urban planning, art preservation and many other disciplines.  OCA is always looking for students with a strong academic record, who have an interest in learning how the arts support and contribute to the development of the greater community.  The goal of OCA Internship Programs is to develop a passionate and skilled force of leaders, committed to advancing arts and culture as a critical component of vibrant communities.


  • Internships are unpaid, unless otherwise noted and course credit is available.
  • Internships vary in length from 8-13 weeks.  Availability and length of opportunity is based on department needs.
  • Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  •  Students must have reliable transportation (public transit is considered a reliable source), be prompt, responsible and dependable.

If you are interested in learning more about our internship opportunities, please complete this form and email to the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Office & Staff Contact Information

City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
233 Peachtree Street, NE
Harris Tower; Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 546-6788

From International Boulevard, get into far left lane. Turn Left into the 161 Peachtree Center Avenue Garage just before Peachtree Center Avenue.

From International Boulevard, get into the far Left lane. Cross Over Peachtree Center Avenue. Turn Left into the International Parking Garage after Hsu’s Gourmet Chinese.

For a complete listing of contact information, visit our Contact page.

Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

Dear Friends and Supporters:

I am pleased to share with you the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report.

2013 was a benchmark year for the Office of Cultural Affairs.  The Cultural Experience Project reached a milestone of 250,000 student admissions to cultural venues around the city.  We successfully installed four new pieces of public art including one piece acquired through a partnership with Chicago’s Millennium Park.  One of our former programs, ARTSCooL, was recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as an exceptional youth program and the 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival presented Generation Next, a celebration of young jazz talent from Atlanta and around the world.

The Mayor’s office generously increased funding for the arts by $250,000 in FY 2013.  With those funds we were able to launch power2give/Atlanta, a crowd-sourced funding platform which enables organizations to raise funds for specific projects through a dedicated website.  Through power2give.org, we were able to leverage the increase in funding by matching, dollar for dollar, the donations our arts organizations raised through this website.  power2give/Atlanta galvanized the community around the arts, where every dollar was doubled and the impact was immediate.

As we move into the new fiscal year, we are excited to build upon our successes in service of our mission to promote rich and diverse cultural experiences.  Thanks to the hard work of our staff, the support of our Mayor and the generous contributions of our many supporters, we are honored to be a champion for the value of arts and culture in Atlanta’s communities.

Yours in art and culture,

Camille Russell Love, Executive Director

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2013


Previous Annual Reports

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2012

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2011

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2010

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2009

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2008

Atlanta OCA Annual Report 2007