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2015 Request for Proposals

Elevate 2015 – Projects for Downtown, Atlanta Georgia


The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta Georgia is seeking creative, innovative public art projects to exhibit in downtown Atlanta during the month of October 2015. We welcome local, regional, national and international submissions for projects that consider the city of Atlanta as a muse (see full description).  Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Projects may include, but are not limited to: murals, site-specific installations, film, performance art, music, etc.  For a full description follow the link:


Elevate History :: From Elevate, Art Above Underground (the exhibit) to Elevate (the annual art program).

Launched in 2011, the first exhibition of Elevate, Elevate//Art Above Underground,  hosted 15 events and 40 performances over 66 days. Artwork filled vacant properties, street corners and plazas to showcase artwork ranging from 13 story murals to contemporary dance, video, installation and poetry. Although public funding allocated through our percent for art program was the direct source for the artist commissions, additional funding to execute an exhibition of this caliber was provided through local Atlanta businesses. Donation of art space, hotel rooms, theatrical lighting, food, advertising and cash support nearly doubled the exhibitions initial budget, demonstrating the immediate community support. This intensive cultural programming brought in 13,313 new visitors to downtown Atlanta.

At the end of the program, downtown property owners and businesses adopted the bulk of the visual work commissioned through Elevate. The artwork has now been incorporated into the permanent downtown landscape. In addition to the adopted artwork, other aesthetic improvements to the downtown district were implemented surrounding the close of Elevate. Underground Atlanta was publicly earmarked for a potential art space by Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed.

Elevate strives to build bridges in the downtown community though partnerships and collaboration. The total amount of partnerships formed in Elevate 2011 was 19, including Universities, not for profit organizations, government organizations and private businesses. Within one month following the close of Elevate 2011, 101 local, national and international articles were published regarding downtown Atlanta, the arts and most importantly their relationship to the businesses and surrounding economy.

Elevate officially became an annual downtown arts program of the Office of Cultural Affairs in 2012. Now in the fifth year, the physical project area has been extended from coverage of three blocks to all of central downtown Atlanta. Partnerships have grown to include contemporary museums such as the High and MocaGA as has local community support and volunteer base.  We expect Elevate 2015 programs and commissions to impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for our citizens, educate the public and gain global attention for our city as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city.



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