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OCA Seeks Panelists for 2020 Contracts for Arts Services Grant Cycle

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking art leaders and professionals, as well as business and community members, who are interested in serving on the Contracts for Arts Services grant advisory panels for the 2020 cycle.

Panelists play a vital role in reviewing grant proposals and supporting OCA’s mission of granting public funding to the arts.

For details and Panelist Guidelines & Applications, click here or contact Arts and Education Director, Monica Prothro, at [email protected].

OCA Brings the Fair Saturday Movement to America

The Fair Saturday Movement welcomes Atlanta as a Fair Saturday Official City 2019. The City of Atlanta is excited to partner with the Fair Saturday Movement.  Last weekend in Bilbao, Spain, the announcement of Atlanta as a Fair Saturday participant was announced.

Atlanta is one of the first cities in the United States to welcome Fair Saturday, a collective celebration of arts and culture supporting social causes.  The initiative is a global mobilization that aims to create a positive social impact every last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday. 

Artists and cultural organizations from all over the world get together in a global festival to support a social cause of their choice through their art and cultural presentation.  Thirteen of Atlanta’s Cultural organizations has committed to participation this year’s celebration.

How can your organization participate in Fair Saturday Atlanta 2019?

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs welcomes other cultural organizations to participate in this initiative.  You may express your interest by contacting Monica Prothro at [email protected].

For more information and details about Fair Saturday, please visit www.fairsaturday.org.

OCA Announces Dates and Host Neighborhood for 2019 ELEVATE Festival

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce that our 9th annual ELEVATE Public Art Festival will be held in Atlanta’s historic Pittsburgh neighborhood from Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 20.

An annual celebration of Atlanta’s creative energy, ELEVATE is a week-long, free public art festival that brings premier cultural experiences and community-specific art installations to its host community.

Throughout the week, community residents from across the city are treated to a series of artistic exhibitions, performances, and events that aims to enrich, educate, and celebrate the host community’s history and culture.

More details about the upcoming festival, including artist calls, event information, and sponsorship opportunities, will be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, follow the festival on social media @ELEVATEATL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to receive news and updates as they emerge.

Gallery 72 Hosts Artist Talks with World Renown Sculptor Basil Watson

“Sacred Ground” Artist Talk
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12 and 7 pm

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA

On July 18, 2019, join us at Gallery 72 as we host an artist talk with revered sculptor Basil Watson. Watson will give two artist talks for his exhibition “Sacred Ground” at Gallery  72.
The first talk will be an opportunity for City of Atlanta employees to meet the artist and discuss the inspiration behind his work and will take place at 12 pm. The second talk will be for the general public and will start at 7 pm. Both talks will be hosted at Gallery 72.
Please join us in this opportunity to hear this world renown sculptor speak about his work. For more information, please contact the gallery curator, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected].

OCA’s Public Art Team Visits the Twin Cities for 2019 AFTA Annual Conference

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art team recently visited Minneapolis/St. Paul for the 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Conference. This annual gathering brings together arts administrators and leaders from around the country to hear from experts, network with peers, and visit local cultural experiences.

The Public Art team had the chance to hear about different cultural models where municipalities are partnering with artists to closely collaborate in their communities.

Some of the other topics covered included common issues in public art, public art and transportation, building successful relationships for successful partnerships, and how artists are transforming spaces through out the country.

This is a four-day conference packet with information, activities and collaborations. The team had an amazing time learning and meeting peers from different cities, working on different projects.

Public Art Team Restores Journey to Freedom After Vandalism

In May, our Conservation and Maintenance team restored “Journey to Freedom: Women of the Civil Rights Movement”, a mixed media public installation by Lynn Marshall Linnemeier with photographs by Dr. Doris A. Derby, Shelia Turner, and Susan Ross.

Created in 2015 through the “Imagine Your Parks” grant, a joint program between the National Park Service and the National Endowment for the Arts, Journey to Freedom was defaced by multiple graffiti tags from suspected vandals.

After an initial assessment, Public Art’s Conservation and Maintenance Team member, Ian Killian, and Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, buffed out and removed the multiple graffiti tags to restore the artwork.

Gallery 72 Unveils “SACRED GROUND” Exhibition From Artist Basil Watson

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to host Basil Watson’s exhibition “SACRED GROUND”, opening on Thursday, June 13, 2019. The exhibition will be the artist’s meditation on the transcendent,  present and eternal power, beauty and sacredness of the female body.

On Thursday, June 20, join us for a public opening reception from 6 pm to 9 pm at Gallery 72.

For more than 40 years, artist and sculptor Basil Watson has been translating life’s most important attributes – positive emotions and attitudes, the spirit of freedom and spontaneity, strength, beauty, energy and vigor – into finely crafted works of art.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of internationally renowned painter Barrington Watson, it was a natural progression for Watson to study at the Jamaica School of Art. He then went on to establish a successful career as Jamaica’s leading sculptor. The most notable of his achievements include having monumental works on the campuses of the three primary universities in the island, as well as signature works at the two major Stadia.

In 2016, the Government of Jamaica awarded Basil the “Order of Distinction” (Commander) in recognition of his contributions in the field of Art.

Emigrating to the United States in 2002, Watson established his home and studio in Lawrenceville, GA.  Having continued the steep climb to international recognition, he has completed major works in China, Guatemala, and in various States within the US.

Please join the City of Atlanta in celebrating this unique and talented artist. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please contact the gallery curator, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected].

 

“SACRED GROUND”

Thursday, June 13  – Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gallery 72

72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta GA.. 30303

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20, at Gallery 72, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Chastain Announces Two-day Handbuilding & Sculptural Ceramic Workshop

Join Chastain Arts Center and Gallery for a two-day workshop, “Handbuilding Functional & Sculptural Ceramic with Slabs”, featuring Grace Tessein & Dennis Ritter.

Tessein and Ritter will share their approaches to slab building using soft and leather hard slabs to construct functional and representational sculptural forms using mid-range iron rich clays.

Participants will be introduced to various slab building techniques, drop and hump molds, and methods for developing surfaces using slips and underglazes.

Guest will also discuss the use of the clay extruder as a tool for creating components for functional forms and for sculptural embellishments.

This two-day workshop will be hosted Friday, June 14 from 10 AM – 5 PM and Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM – 2 PM. 

The registration fee is $85. All Levels Welcome!  For more information or to sign up, call 404-252-2927.

Chastain Announces Second Pop-up Workshop

Join Chastain Arts Center and Gallery for its second Pop-Up series, Fold-Forming Bangel Workshop featuring Robert McGinnis.

Learn the art of fold-forming sheet copper in this dual session workshop  on June 8 and June 15.

This workshop is great for the inquisitive beginner to the intermediate jeweler.

The registration fee for the workshop is $58 with a $10 supply fee. For more information or to sign up, call 404-252-2927.

Chastain Arts Center and Gallery Unveils “Ini-she-ation” by Artist Shanequa Gay

Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is pleased to announce“Ini-she-ation” by Shanequa Gay.  This is a solo show highlights works focuses on young black girls, their freedom or the lack there in… a young girl is initiated into womanhood, the world, understanding, utopia, belief, faith, and the imaginary.

The show will be on view from Friday, June 7 to Saturday, August 3.  An opening reception for the show will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The Artist Talk will be July 27 at 1 PM.

All events are Free and Open to the public. We will see you there!

OCA’s Public Art Team Treats German Sundial by Charles Mitchell

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Conservation and Maintenance Team treated German Sundial by Charles Mitchell. The German Sundial commemorates 300 years of German Immigration to the Colonies of the New World. There are five similar works in the southeast. There are located in Memphis, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Huntsville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Can you find them?

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Conservation and Maintenance Team, Conservation Technicians, Adrian Barzaga and Addison Adams, and Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, treated the artwork on March 28, 2019. They cleaned the sculpture; removed oxidation from the bronze elements, patched voids in the limestone base, treated the stone with biocide, and finally waxed and buffed the bronze surfaces.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCA and Enterprise Management Seek Art Proposals for New Zone 3 Police Precinct

Through a partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Enterprise Asset Management, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs seeks metro Atlanta-based, professional artists for new public artworks that will be installed in a new Zone 3 Police Precinct on Metropolitan Parkway.

Artists interested in pursuing these opportunities must review the artwork proposal packets linked below. In addition, candidates should share up to six (6) high-resolution images of past work samples, a one-page artist statement describing your proposal, and a résumé outlining your professional accomplishments with three (3) professional references. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to Monday, June 17, 2019, by 5 pm.

Questions and requests for clarification regarding this RFP must be directed in writing to Public Art Project Coordinator Emily Fisher at [email protected] The deadline for submitting questions is Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 5 pm. 

Call for Proposals

OCA’s Public Art Program Installs New Art in Hardy Ivy Park

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art program recently installed a new sculpture in Hardy Ivy Park, an urban garden park in the convention and visitor district of downtown Atlanta.

Created by local blacksmith and sculptor Corrina Sephora, “Freedom of Flight” is an eight-foot-tall by 10-foot-wide installation forged from fabricated steel and copper. The sculpture depicts two doves soaring over a boat, a metaphor for migration and breaking barriers.

The new installation is a part of the Public Art program’s Temporary Art Program, which is a two-year rotating art program that provides Atlanta-based artists the opportunity to receive a stipend and a prominent location to display their work.

The piece was chosen by a committee of community members and arts professionals, who convened to review submissions from local artists. These submissions were compiled of pre-existing works that the artists submitted for consideration for the two-year-long outdoor exhibition.

Sephora has been active in Atlanta’s artistic community for more than a decade and received her Master’s in Fine Art in Sculpture from Georgia State University in 2005.

 

Chastain Arts Center Hosts Pop-Up Ceramic Workshop on May 10

On Friday, May 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Chastain Arts Center presents a Pop-Up Raku Workshop conducted by instructor Bob Peterson. In this one-day Raku workshop, Peterson will discuss the general history, philosophy and methods in firing ceramics in a raku kiln. Whether this is your first time Raku firing or you a seasoned artist, all levels are welcome to participate. For more information about the Pop-Up Workshop or to register, please call us at 404.252.2927. We hope you join us!

OCA and Parks & Recreation Seek Teaching Artists to Work with Atlanta’s Youth

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), in partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is seeking creative and innovative teaching artists to mentor and instruct children between 5 to 18 years of age for a new art program, entitled “Centers of Hope Saturday Art School” program. OCA is accepting proposals until Friday, May 3, 2019, from experienced teaching artists that detail workshop curriculums and budgets for the upcoming program.

The Centers of Hope Saturday Art School program seeks to offer K-12 art educational opportunities to children and assist them in developing their artistic abilities of choice. We also seek to foster in students a lifelong appreciation of the creative arts and their potential to transform individual lives.

The OCA is excited to work with teaching artist passionate about creating unique artistic student programming. The Centers of Hope Saturday Art School program strives to have visual art, dance, theatre, music, and graphic and craft design as opportunities every year for K-12 students by offering free arts educational programming.

The Centers of Hope Saturday Art School program will take place at Rosel Fann, Martin Luther King, Jr., C.T. Martin, and William Walker Recreation Centers from May 18 to July 20, 2019. Selected Teaching Artists will receive hourly compensation of $35 for their time.

If you can satisfy the requirements outlined above, please submit a completed PDF packet to this Request for Proposal to [email protected].

All proposals must be received by 5 pm on Friday, May 3, 2019. Responses that do not contain all the requested information and received after the deadline will not be accepted.

For more information contact, Kevin Sipp at 404-546-3220 or [email protected].

Program Details:

Minimum Qualifications

All experienced metro Atlanta artists, organizations and artist partnerships are invited to submit a proposal.

Applicants must be experienced in:

 

Program Location: Rosel Fann, Martin Luther King Jr, C.T. Martin, & William Walker Recreation Centers

Program Dates: May 18 – July 20, 2019

Potential Class Hours: Saturday • 11a-1p / 1p-3p

Teaching Artist Fee: $35 an hour

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCA Releases Application for FY ’20 CAS Grant Cycle

Contracts for Arts Services (CAS), the City of Atlanta’s program for financial support of arts and cultural activities, has opened its application process for the upcoming FY20 Grant Cycle.

Each year, CAS awards contracts to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists based and producing work within the city of Atlanta. Artists and arts organizations interested in these funding opportunities should submit an application by midnight (12 a.m.) on May 3,  2019. Both general operating and project-based funding requests are accepted.

The CAS program awards funding related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and managerial support of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta.  Applications will be accepted in the following categories from arts and cultural organizations, community and neighborhood organizations, and practicing professional artists:

 

The City of Atlanta added $1M to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ FY ‘19 budget, in the current grant cycle, CAS has awarded more than $2 million to artists and organizations.

“We realize that the presence of artists and arts organizations is essential to Atlanta’s cultural vitality”, states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our goal is to provide support for the existence and excellence of artists and arts organizations in Atlanta.”

First time applicants interested in applying for Contracts for Arts Services funding must complete our virtual workshops covering the application process. To start the process, click here.

Returning applicants can apply for Contracts for Arts Services funding by clicking here.

For more information including workshop dates, access to the application and guidelines, click here or contact Arts and Education Director, Monica Prothro, at [email protected].

OCA and Mayor Bottoms Reveals Lineup for 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival

Highlights include the The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Richard Bona, Slim Gamble and Diana Ross’ daughter Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed the artist lineup for the 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in a video announcement today. The lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings that will delight more than 150,000 attendees on three newly-named stages: The Meadow Stage, Oak Hill Stage and Park Drive Stage.

The country’s longest running free jazz festival will take place for two days over Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, in Piedmont Park. Sunday will feature a special lineup of all Atlanta-grown artists on the Meadow Stage that will epitomize the city’s deep, rich history of local jazz talent.

The complete lineup for the 2019 festival includes:

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Park Drive Stage:

12:30 p.m. Avery Dixon, Saxophone Extraordinaire

2:30 p.m. Joel Ross ‘Good Vibes’

4:30 p.m. Christian Sands

6:30 p.m. Makaya McCraven

Oak Hill Stage:

1:30 p.m. Ofer Assaf Quartet

3:30 p.m. Delfeayo Marsalis

5:30 p.m. Takuya Kuroda

7:30 p.m. Richard Bona

Meadow Stage:

1 p.m. Alicia Olatuja

3 p.m. Stefon Harris + Blackout

5 p.m. Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick

7 p.m. Marcus Strickland ‘Twi-Life’ feat. Pharoahe Monche

9 p.m. Lizz Wright

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Park Drive Stage:

12:30 p.m. Rialto Jazz for Kids

2:30 p.m. Nicole Banks Long

4:30 p.m. Slim Gambill

6:30 p.m. Michael Mayo

Oak Hill Stage:

1:30 p.m. The Kenny Banks, Jr. Trio

3:30 p.m. OKCello

5:30 p.m Freelance

7:30 p.m. Kandace Springs

Meadow Stage:

1 p.m. The Milkshake Quintet

3 p.m. Alex Lattimore

5 p.m. Gary Motley

7 p.m. Rhonda Thomas

9 p.m. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

In addition to the Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will again host 31 Days of Jazz events throughout metro Atlanta beginning on May 1. Most of the events are free and will occur in a variety of locations across metro Atlanta, including at various MARTA stations, neighborhood parks, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. More information can be found on AtlantaFestivals.com.

For companies interested in sponsoring the Atlanta Jazz Festival, please contact Jihan Ali with the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs at [email protected].

About Atlanta Jazz Festival

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals and invites music lovers from around the region to be immersed in jazz music culture. Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the Festival to promote the art form that originated in the south. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with performances at Piedmont Park. For more information, please visit www.atlantafestivals.com and follow Atlanta Jazz Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans also can access information on the go by visiting ATLJazzFest.com, from their smart device.

OCA Hosts Gallery Exhibit by TILA Studios’ Garden Fellows at Mayor’s Gallery

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present the exhibition of “Daisy Chain” at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall from Thursday, May 2 to Friday, June 21. The exhibition celebrates the homecoming of the inaugural Garden Fellows who represented a branch of the Atlanta creative community and TILA Studios during Art Basel Miami 2018.

Curated by Daricia Mia DeMarr, this exhibition will feature energetic, vibrant works from 10 female artists of color, whose art evokes the celebration of sisterhood and unity. An opening reception will be hosted Monday, May 20 at 4:30 at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall. The reception is free and open to the public.

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and TILA Studios Present: Daisy Chain

Thursday, May 2 – Friday, June 21, 2019 (New Date)

The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA

Opening Reception: Monday, May 20, 2019 at The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. (New Date)

 

Please join the City of Atlanta in celebrating these amazing and talented artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please contact the gallery curator, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected]

Artist Featured in the “Daisy Chain” Exhibit:

Grace Kisa
Evelyn Quiñones
Angela Davis Johnson
Shon Pittman
Ebony Black
Ariel Dannielle
Jasmine Nicole Williams
Ayanna Smith
Sachi Rome
Christa David

Atlanta Jazz Festival and Gallery 72 Hosts Exhibition Celebrating Jazz and African Traditions

African Jazz #10 ©1990 Michael A. Cummings Artist Collection, 1990 72×108 cotton blends, cotton fabric

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present the exhibition of “The African Jazz Quilts of Michael A. Cummings” at Gallery 72 to celebrate Jazz Appreciation MonthThe exhibition opens to the public on Thursday, April 18 and runs until Thursday, June 6, 2019. An opening reception for the installation will be hosted at Gallery 72 on Thursday, April 18, starting at 6 p.m.

The exhibition coincides with 42nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival hosted in Piedmont Park, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 and 26.

Michael A. Cummings, a native of Los Angeles, is a world-renowned quilt maker. Cummings uses reclaimed fabric to create new art and narratives that evoke engagement from its viewers. He has had solo exhibitions with Bates College in Maine, Hallmark Cards, New York City’s Cinque Gallery and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Concerning the quilts of Mr. Cummings, Michael James, Professor of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln says “Michael Cummings has been working with the quilt form since the early 1980s. Cummings has successfully synthesized aesthetic qualities found in folk art, in African and African American art, in music (specifically, jazz), and in diverse textile and non-textile narrative traditions, to arrive at a unique and sincere expression… He’s committed to telling the stories of African-Americans across a broad historical, social, cultural, philosophical, and mythological spectrum”.

As observed and stated by author and curator Martha Sielman ‘the energy of Michael A. Cummings central applique images threatens to escape the boundaries set by his traditional pieced borders, combining elements from his African American heritage, Yoruba Mythology, and formal art training his narratives focus on subjects such as Jazz musicians, historical heroes, and the Yoruba water goddess. Cummings has produced a body of work filled with energy edginess and excitement.“

Please join the City of Atlanta in celebrating this unique and talented artist. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please contact the gallery curator, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected].

 

The Atlanta Jazz Festival Presents: The African Jazz Quilts of Michael A. Cummings

Thursday, April 18 – Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta GA.. 30303

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18th 2019 at Gallery 72, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

 

About Gallery 72

Gallery 72 at 2 City Plaza, is a municipal gallery operated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs dedicated to presenting stimulating and thought provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s arts offering. Gallery 72 is located at 72 Marietta Street NW Atlanta Ga. 30303 and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

NEARBY PARKING FOR GALLERY 72:
104 Marietta Street Parking Garage (176 feet NW), 79 Marietta Street Parking Garage (245 feet NE) Centennial Tower Parking Garage (332 feet NE), Paid street parking is available near the gallery.

NEARBY MARTA RAIL STATIONS: Take the Gold line to Five Points Station. Exit the station on the Forsyth street side and turn right, walk northeast on Forsyth Street, and turn left on Marietta Street. Walk one block to Fairlie Street. After crossing Fairlie Street the gallery will be on the left.

 

Spirit Bench Receives Spring Cleaning

Before and after photo of “Spirit Bench” by John Riddle (circa. 1976) at Arthur Langford Park

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Conservation Team recently treated “Spirit Bench” by John Riddle.

The conservation team removed light graffiti from the concrete sculpture in late February. A supplemental treatment followed in early March to pressure wash the sculpture, patch concrete voids, and weed the site bed. The team even received help from one of the neighborhood’s budding art conservators. (pictured below)

Riddle was a beloved community leader and a nationally recognized artist. In 1974, he moved to Atlanta and was an active member of the City’s arts community and director of the Neighborhood Arts Center.

He created “Spirit Bench” in 1976, which incorporates etched Adinkra motifs from Ghana, West Africa. This inviting archway sculpture creates a visual gateway that welcomes visitors to Arthur Langford Park.

In 1999, Riddle returned to Los Angeles to curate exhibitions for the California African American Museum. Riddle passed away in 2002 at the age of 68.

CEP Closes Out School Year with Trips to Atlanta History Center, High Museum, and More

Spring is in the air, and the final Cultural Experience Project (CEP) trips are underway. Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students will end the academic year with visits to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, the Atlanta History Center, and the High Museum of Art.

A select group of APS high school students will visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University to see local Atlanta artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou’s acclaimed exhibit, “DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.” The exhibition is an extension of Dr. Pecou’s Ph.D. dissertation and explores the intersections of African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against Black male bodies in the United States.

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.”  is on display through April 28, 2019, and was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, in collaboration with the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

This year’s final CEP trip will be in May. The last group of kindergarten students will visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

As we close the year, CEP staff and the entire Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ team would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all our cultural venue partners. Each year, the staff members of these venues create informal learning opportunities and offer exciting cultural experiences that  remain with the students for a lifetime. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to all funders and sponsors. Without their generous financial donations, these trips would not be possible.

Finally, none of this work could happen without our partners at Atlanta Public Schools. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to the Cultural Experience Project. Thank you, everyone.

Look for the next CEP updates in the June newsletter. We will have more information about our funders, next year’s cultural venue partners, and how we will celebrate the Cultural Experience Project’s 15th anniversary!

Latin Music Sensation CimaFunk Performs in Southwest Atlanta on April 13

On the heels of a critically acclaimed American debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Fulton County Arts and Culture will host a concert featuring Afro-cuban musician Cimafunk at the Southwest Arts Center on Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm.

Dubbed the “James Brown of Cuba”, Cimafunk is a multi-talented singer and producer who has taken over Cuba’s alternative music scene. The medical student turned musician rocketed to prominence following the release of his viral debut album, “Terapia” in late 2017. His infectious fusion of funk, dance-centric Afro-cuban music and fun authentic lyrics direct from the Cuban streets turned the country upside down in 2018.

Recently named by Billboard as one of “10 Latin Artists to Watch in 2019,” Cimafunk revitalized Havana’s music scene while infusing funk into Cuban rhythms. He draws inspiration from an eclectic panel of black musicians from James Brown, George Clinton, Prince and the soul music of Al Green and Bill Withers. He also pays homage to the Cuban music movement known as of Nueva Trova, popularized by singer Beny Moré as well as Cuba’s Songo music created by the band Los Van Van.

Winner of the Lucas Award for “Most Popular Video” and named “Artist of the Year” by Vistar Magazine, Cimafunk has created a movement in Havana and throughout Cuba with sold out concert halls.

Poised for international discovery, Cimafunk believes in nothing but the power of the Groove and the cathartic communion of dancing bodies. A renaissance man, conscious of his roots and musical ancestry, Cimafunk looks to firmly inject a new century of style into Cuban and black music.

The concert is presented in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel as a part of a cultural exchange program. The visit aims at building and strengthening networks and communities involved in US/Cuba cultural exchange. Tickets for the concert are on sale now and are available at Eventbrite.

For more information on Cimafunk, visit his website at cimafunk.com. To listen to Cimafunk’s newest single “Me Voy”, below.

Gallery 72 Exhibits New Immersive Installation from Local Artists

“Away from the Noise/Welcome to Atlanta” runs from March 1 – April 12 at Gallery 72

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present “Away from the Noise/Welcome to Atlanta”, a collaborative installation from multimedia artists Carolyn Carr and Michael Gibson at Gallery 72.

In this dual artistic exhibition, Carr and Gibson explore the complicated nature of Atlanta and their shared southern heritage.

The artists share the fruits of their exploration through an immersive installation, which seeks to embed gallery visitors into a welcoming space while delivering a transformative and participatory public art experience.

“Away from the Noise/Welcome to Atlanta”, runs from March 1 – April 12 at Gallery 72 on 72 Marietta St. NW.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, March 14, starting at 6 p.m.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Contact Gallery Supervisor, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected]

Public Art Team Restores “Phoenix” Sculpture

“Phoenix”, a sculpture by artist Francesco Somaini, recently underwent restoration under the direction of the OCA Public Art team.

The 10-foot tall monument was a gift from the First National Bank of Atlanta after its merger with Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) in 1980.

The abstract bronze sculpture depicts the mythological creature ascending into the sky with a maelstrom of fire and flames trailing behind it.

The sculpture’s strong and disruptive curves are accentuated by the gold leaf foil lining the crevices of artwork.

During the restoration, the base of the artwork was treated while minor maintenance and site enhancements were performed, included removing debris and residues from the plaza.

To learn more about this artwork and other pieces in the City’s Public Art Collection, visit our ArtsHub.

Special thanks to Terra Mare Conservation for their work in restoring the sculpture.

Gallery 72’s Curator Discusses City’s Art on Loan Program

With more than 400 pieces in the City’s Collection, art is infused into the DNA of Atlanta.

Kevin Sipp, Gallery 72 Project Supervisor and Co-Public Art Manager for the “Art On Loan” Program, recently shared some of the artistic gems lining the walls and hallways of the City of Atlanta’s various offices.

Chastain Prepares for 2019 Summer Camps and Workshops

What will your children be doing this summer?

Let your children explore their creative talents this summer with one of Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s upcoming Summer Camps or Teen Workshops!

Registration starts Monday, February 18 for new students.

For returning 2018 campers, pre-registration opens Monday, February 11.

Look for Chastain’s 2019 Art à La Carte Summer Camp and Teen Workshop schedule coming soon!

OCA Restores Sculpture of Former Council Member

Side-by-Side Comparison of Restoration. Before Restoration (Left) and After Restoration (Right)

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Team recently completed treatment of “Architect for the Future, Barbara Asher” by sculptors Don Haugan and Teena Stern.

Created in 1997, the sculptor captures the likeness of former City Council Member, Barbara Asher, who was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to Atlanta. This monument provides visual interest while beautifying this important downtown district.

The OCA Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, initiated treatment on January 11, 2019, with the assistance of Conservation Technicians Adrian Barzaga and Addison Adams.

The team addressed the oxidation on the sculpture’s surface and missing silicone seals in the plaza. To round out the restoration, the trio cleaned the area around the statue and polished it with a new coat of wax.

Several pedestrians thanked the team for their work and mentioned the impact former Council Member Asher had on Atlanta.

To learn more about this piece and others in the City’s Public Art Collection, make sure to visit our Art Hub.

APS Students Prepare for Trips to the Woodruff Arts Center and Atlanta Botanical Garden

January may have brought some of the City’s coldest temperatures, but spring is quickly approaching! 

In February, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) kindergarten students will visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This annual Cultural Experience Project trip is an APS favorite and treats more than 3,700 students to a wonderful day in the garden. During the visit, students will experience the new Orchid Daze exhibition and enjoy the Garden’s other fascinating collections. 

Later this month, APS high school students will visit the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to see She Composes!This year’s symphony experience will exclusively feature music by female composers — a first for the revered Atlanta institution!

The morning concert, led by conductor Maestro Mulligan, will introduce students to some of the unsung female pioneers of classical music.

Follow APS students as they continue exploring the city’s cultural offering through the Cultural Experience Project.

OCA’s Public Art Team Finalizes Restoration of Olympic Statue

In December, the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art team completed restoration of “Niki” by Pavlos Kougioumtzis.

The abstract statue was a gift from Athens, Greece to Atlanta in commemoration of the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympics. The sculpture consists of three bronze pieces resting on a triangular marble base and depicts Nike, the winged Goddess of speed, strength, and victory from Greek mythology. A sister sculpture resides at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece.

Since the centennial games, versions of the sculpture have been bestowed to Olympic host cities around the world.

“Niki” Before Restoration

The 11-foot-tall sculpture was assessed for treatment by Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) on November 2, 2018, and was immediately prioritized for treatment due to significant base instability and a safety concern. Although the sculpture was securely attached to its concrete base, the statue’s marble veneers were unstable with substantial gaps between the top panel and the sides.

With the support from Jalal Slade, Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Enterprise Assets Management, and Maurice Calhoun, City Hall’s Facilities Maintenance Manager, OCA’s conservation and maintenance manager Shannon Douglas Kimbro initiated treatment on November 29, 2018. Conservation technicians, Adrian Barzaga and Addison Adams, discovered the extent of the damage while removing the caulking when one of the statue’s marble veneer panels immediately dislodged.

“Niki” During Restoration

The team re-engineered the marble veneer system by adding multiple points of contact with a construction-grade adhesive and galvanized steel connectors designed to reinforce the varying gaps between the concrete base and marble veneer panels. For additional support, silicone caulking was used to provide a long-lasting, flexible, and weather-proof seal while the top marble panel was sanded to remove embedded dirt to improve adhesion. After this initial treatment, the sculpture was washed and waxed.

“Niki” after restoration

The sculpture will receive final treatments in the final weeks of 2018. To learn more about this artwork and other pieces in the City’s Collection, visit our ART Hub to explore the City’s collection.

CEP and APS Students Prepare for 2019 Trips

As 2019 begins, several Cultural Experience Project (CEP) trips will get underway in early January.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students will start the year by visiting Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta campus for the company’s Backstage Tours.

The Tour is designed to give students an inside look at Chick-fil-A’s business model and founder Truett Cathy’s principles and vision for the company.

Also, in January, students will visit the College Football Hall of Fame, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, The King Center, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).

Stay tuned as we continue to follow APS students on their many cultural adventures throughout the city.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks Local Artist RFQs for Westside MLK Corridor Gateway

Aerial Photo of Selected Site

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Renew Atlanta, invites metro Atlanta-based artists and artist teams to submit qualifications (resume/CVs) for a site-specific sculpture.

The new installation will reside in Atlanta’s revered westside, home to some of the world’s most respected civil rights leaders including W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The proposed artwork should reflect the civic and cultural significance of this area while helping to beautify the western entry point of the MLK Corridor at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW and Interstate 285 (I-285). 

The artwork will be installed in the southeastern triangular landscape area of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW, near the I-285 North exit ramp.

For additional information and qualification requirements, visit our full Call-for-Entry listed on CAFÉ or download the RFP here.

Only locally based, metro Atlanta artists or artist teams will be considered for this project. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 1, 2019.

For questions, please contact Public Art Project Coordinator Briana X. Camelo at [email protected]

APS Students Experience Two Dynamic Multicultural Performances Courtesy of Atlanta Opera, Alliance Theatre

 

In November, the Atlanta Opera and the Alliance Theatre thrilled Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students with productions of “West Side Story” and “Paige in Full”, respectively.  

A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” presented by the Atlanta Opera, “West Side Story” remains culturally relevant more than six decades after its Broadway debut in 1957.  

The story embeds the APS students into diverse communities constantly engaged with the ever-present possibilities of hate, love, triumph and tragedy. West Side Story’s lively use of storytelling evoked some powerful lessons to the students.  

During Alliance Theatre’s production of “Paige in Full”, APS students met Paige — a multiracial and multicultural woman who grew up in 1980s Baltimore. Paige’s hour-long, autobiographical “mixtape” took students through her personal journey to self-acceptance. The dynamic, music-filled performance helped students understand the importance of valuing the entirety of who they are, and not only selected elements.  

Coming up in December, APS students will head to the Fox Theater for an APS exclusive preview of the Atlanta Ballet’s reinterpretation of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.  This production of the ageless tales is the ballet’s first completely new production of the story in 20 years. The new Nutcracker promises to delight another group of APS students. 

As we prepare to close out 2018 and welcome in a new year, we thank you for supporting the Cultural Experience Project and Atlanta Public Schools students. Enjoy the holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Public Art Team Repairs Vandalized Sculpture in Downtown Atlanta

Earlier this fall, one of the city’s most adorable sculptures received a touch-up thanks to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art team.  

Donkey, created in 1996 by Burgess Dulaney and located in Folk Art Park near Courtland Street NE, sustained multiple abrasions in suspected vandalization from a blunt object. 

Photos of the damaged sculpture before restoration

The impact of the suspected object broke the small statue’s top layer of paint and protective coating, causing noticeable dents near the artwork’s right eye, the nose, jaw, rear legs, and underbelly. 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, assessed the damage sustained by the installation and oversaw the restoration.  

Photos of the damaged sculpture after restoration

In partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, a nonprofit community organization providing leadership, programs, and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta, the restoration team lightly washed the artwork and removed loose materials with water and a soft bristle nylon brush. Voids caused by the vandalization were filled with a polyester resin and a new coating of paint was applied to complete the restoration.  

Chastain Arts Center Celebrates National Shop Local Artists Week

From December 2 to 8, 2018, help the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) celebrates Americans for the Arts’ inaugural National Shop Local Artists Week during our annual Holiday Show and Sale at Chastain Arts Center and Gallery.

Beginning as a local initiative created by the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition in 2016, National Shop Local Artists Week encourages cultural supporters to join together to promote the purchase work created by local artists. The week-long celebration promotes art as a holiday gift —including tickets to events and organization memberships!

Outlets like Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s annual Holiday Show and Sale allows some of Atlanta’s most talented artists to exhibit and sale their work. The Show and Sale also helps support the City’s booming arts and cultural economy, which accounts for more than 60,000 jobs across multiple creative sectors in metro Atlanta.

“Chastain Arts Center is a place for emerging artists to showcase their work in our gallery and for aspiring artists to  learn how to create art for themselves, “ said Karen Lowe, Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s manager and curator. “The annual Holiday Show and Sale allows us to showcase the art of our instructors and students on an annual basis.”

According to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural economic activities account for more than $700 billion of the United States’ gross domestic product. This demonstrates that the arts are a valuable business asset with significant financial benefits.

The value of the arts and cultural economy is particularly significant to metro Atlanta. As detailed in the Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Creative Industries report, the city of Atlanta has approximately two times the number of arts-related businesses and jobs than the national average.

During this holiday season, the OCA encourages all arts and cultural supporter to invest in the city’s budding arts and cultural economy by purchasing a unique, handmade gift or attending one of the amazing cultural experiences presented by the City’s many arts organizations. Your support will go a long way in growing Atlanta’s arts and cultural economy.

For more information about National Shop Local Artists Week, visit www.ShopLocalArtistsWeek.org.

To learn more about Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s Holiday Show and Sale, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

OCA Launches Annual Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Atlanta-based Arts Organizations

Just in time for #GivingTuesday, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) 2019 Power2Give crowdfunding campaigns are underway.

Administered through the office’s Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) program, power2give (P2G) is OCA’s crowdfunding platform designed to leverage private donations and city funding to provide additional financial support to Atlanta-based arts organizations.

With each dollar donated to a power2give campaign, OCA makes a matching donation up to the goal amount to help further the organizations’ cultural initiatives.

Since its inception, P2G has generated more than $2,000,000 for the arts in Atlanta, funding more than 300 projects.

Thanks to the unrivaled generosity of the city’s cultural supporters, beloved Atlanta-based arts organizations such as Actor’s Express, BronzeLens, BurnAway, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, just to name a few, have received the financial support they need to continue enriching Atlanta’s artistic spirit.

Visit power2give.org/atlanta to see all the active fundraising campaigns or follow the link below to learn about the funding opportunities provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Contracts for Arts Services program.

OCA Presents Joint Art Exhibitions at Gallery 72

Artwork by Yanique Norman (Left) and Namwon Choi (Right)

 

Gallery 72 is proud to present the dual exhibitions of artists Yanique Norman and Namwon Choi from November 29 to January 31, 2019.

Housed in the gallery’s South Gallery, Yanique Norman’s exhibition, “Lesson on How to be a More Interesting Woman”, is a visual exploration of Safiya Sinclair’s poems “Notes on the State of Virginia, I-III”, where Sinclair’s surveys Thomas Jefferson’s denigration of the black woman.

Norman follows a similar vein by uniting drawings and film to create a radical re-imagining of how one can further construct a more complex and nuanced internal black narrative.

Fellow artist Namwon Choi’s exhibition “In-Betweenness”, on display in the North Gallery, investigates the concept of “migrancy” through its movement in both space and time. 

According to Choi, “Since [relocating], the idea of transitional states and the notion of ‘in-betweenness,’ have led me to [become] interested in the network of spaces…”

Throughout both of these works, the two artists provide dynamic and thought-provoking artistic voices that explore the importance of an internal narrative and its role in constructing a resilient self-identity in a changing world.

Gallery 72 encourages you to stop by the gallery and experience the engaging narratives Norman and Choi are sharing in their respective exhibitions.

 

Atlanta Jazz Festival Receives Creative Loafing’s “Reader’s Pick” Award for “Best Free Annual Event”

Photo courtesy of Creative Loafing.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is thrilled to announce that our annual Atlanta Jazz Festival was named a Reader’s Pick for Best Free Annual Event in Creative Loafing’s 2018 Best of Atlanta list.

“Receiving this recognition speaks to the passion this city has for music, especially jazz,” said OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love. “The Atlanta Jazz Festival has brought the genre’s most beloved jazz performers to our wonderful city free-of-charge, and we’re excited to bring more superb talent for the upcoming festival.”

Creative Loafing’s annual Best of Atlanta list honors institutions, creatives, entrepreneurs, and businesses that are true to the Atlanta spirit, while showcasing the best the city has to offer.  The full list of winners can be found here.

The Reader’s Pick award follows the announcement of the 2018 lineup for the Emerging Jazz Icons Series concerts featuring Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio on Saturday, November 17, followed by Joel Ross on Saturday, January 12.

Both concerts lead into the 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, hosted in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25–26, 2019.

The OCA thanks everyone who voted to recognize the Atlanta Jazz Festival for this distinction. Look for more details regarding the upcoming 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival as they emerge. For additional information about the Emerging Jazz Icons Series concerts, click here.

OCA Grants Funding to 85 Arts Organizations and Artists

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has selected 85 arts organizations and artists to receive 2018–2019 Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) grants. Each year, CAS grants general operating and project support to nonprofit arts and community organizations, as well as project support to neighborhood associations and individual artists living and producing work in Atlanta.

Initiated in 1982, the program supports Atlanta’s thriving arts community, while providing annual financial backing related to production, creation, presentation, exhibition, and managerial support for artistic and cultural services in the city.

This year’s grants went to two emerging artists, four neighborhood arts projects, eight individual artists, nine community organizations, and 62 arts organizations in the City of Atlanta.Congratulations to all the organizations and artists selected for this year’s round of grants. A full list of grant recipients can be found here. Stay tuned for additional news and information about CAS recipients and funding opportunities.

Gallery 72 Hosts Artist Talk with Street Photographer Ken West

Image Courtesy of Ken West

The Beauty of Everyday Thangs Artist Talk
Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA

About the Artist Talk:
Images are often time capsules to days long forgotten, but the keepers of memories and moments in history we oftentimes forget to appreciate. Ken West’s “The Beauty of Everyday Thangs” is an exhibition his documentary photographs that seek to illustrate the natural beauty and power of these everyday moments. West’s series of images capture life in its purest form, unstaged and free of social influences.

During his talk, West will discuss his artistic influences, the creative process behind his work and the journey that helped produce this exhibition.

To learn more about Ken West and his work, visit www.kenjajawest.com.

OCA’s Public Art Team Restores Two Southwest Atlanta Sculptures

In October, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Public Art Conservation and Maintenance team performed restorations on two public artworks by artist Ayokunle Odeleye, “Spirit, Family, Community” and “Chi Wara Sundial Lantern.”

Created in 1996 and residing on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive SW and Haygood Avenue SE, “Spirit, Family, Community” features an embedded sculpture of a close-knit family of four that honors the families and members of the Cascade Road community. The steel and bronze sculpture doubles as a working sundial and light fixture. The installation also includes design elements that pay homage to the significant impact members of the community made on Atlanta and beyond through scholarship and creativity.

Five miles west, on the corner of Cascade Road SW and Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW, sits Odeleye’s “Chi Wara Sundial Lantern.” Installed in 2012, this site-specific sculpture is part of the Cascade Road/Benjamin E. Mays streetscape improvement project led in partnership by the OCA and the Department of Public Works. An art selection committee picked Odeleye to develop artwork to anchor the project.

Inspiration for the sundial comes from the Chi Wara, a mythical creature of the Bambara ethnic group of the Republic of Mali in West Africa. The Chi Wara is a special ceremonial headdress used to pass knowledge from wise elders to young people in the village. Odeleye’s sculpture uses this concept to suggest the ceremonial passing of scholarship from Cascade elders to the youth of the community.

During the restoration process, the Conservation and Maintenance team addressed and treated surface abrasions and scratches, organic residue, and elemental exposures each installation sustained.

Surfaces of both sculptures were polished to restore the original shine and to apply a protective coating. In addition, the exterior surfaces of the sculptures were washed, treated, and waxed. The Conservation and Maintenance team also corrected an elevation issue along the right side of “Spirit, Family, Community” to protect the base’s corner.

For more information about these sculptures and the city’s Public Art Collection, visit our Arts Hub.

APS Students Experience the Dynamic Dancing of Ailey II

Photo Courtesy Rialto Center for the Arts. Photographer: Judy Ondrey

 

 

Hosted by the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) high school students experienced the dynamic and thrilling choreography of Ailey II as one of October’s Cultural Experience Project (CEP) trips.

Ailey II, the junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is a universally celebrated dance company known for developing some of the country’s best young dancers.

As part of Ailey II’s Rialto residency activities, the company performed some of their most admired routines for the APS students, including Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece “Revelations”.

APS students also had the opportunity to learn choreography from the company’s dancers and performed a dance routine they created.

Throughout November, APS students will continue engaging the city’s cultural offerings with productions of “West Side Story” and “Paige in Full” presented by the Atlanta Opera and the Alliance Theatre, respectively. Students will also attend experiences at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Oakland Cemetery, ZuCot Gallery, the Atlanta History Center, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn about the many cultural experiences enjoyed by APS students.

Also, in February, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at the Fox Theatre or a four-day residency from February 21-24, 2019.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Chastain Arts Center’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Starts November 2

Join us on Saturday, November 3 from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Chastain Gallery for the Chastain Arts Center’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Opening Reception.

The Holiday Show and Sale will be on view from November 2, 2018, through January 4, 2019.

Winter Workshop Registration Opens on November 5

Chastain Arts Center’s Winter Workshop Registration opens on Monday, Nov. 5 and classes begin on Monday, Nov. 26. Choose from a series of mediums from drawing, painting, collage and more.

Follow the link to view their winter catalog. Make sure to register before classes reach capacity!

Have questions? Call us at 404-252-2927 for more information.

CeeLo Green, SOS Band and Others Celebrate the Arts and Culture of the SWATS

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs reveals a new mural honoring Atlanta’s cultural and creative innovators on Tuesday, Oct. 16 with an unveiling ceremony featuring award-winning artist CeeLo Green and S.O.S. Band members Mary Daniels and Abdul Ra’oof. Atlanta Magazine journalist Jewel Wicker recaps the events and reminisces about the history of the area. Read the full story here.

OCA Partners with T.I. and artist Austin Blue to Celebrate Atlanta’s Cultural Pioneers

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs collaborated with visual artist Austin Blue and award-winning hip-hop artist T.I. to present the “Art of the S.W.A.T.S. House” cultural pop-up to pay homage to the heroes, heritage, and history of the Atlanta’s Southwest community. Read the full story at ArtsATL.com.

ArtsATL Discusses Photographer Sheila Pree Bright new book “#1960Now”

When protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright embarked on a journey that gave birth to her new book “#1960NOW”. ArtsATL journalist Kelundra Smith speaks with Pree Bright about her new book and her exhibition at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery, hosted in partnership with For Freedoms and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ ELEVATE public art festival. Read the full story at ArtsATL.com

Arts Funding Taskforce Discusses Atlanta’s Cultural Future

 
The City of Atlanta recently added $1M to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ FY ‘19 grants budget. An Arts Funding Taskforce of Atlanta’s emerging cultural leaders was formed to map out strategies for equitable distribution of funds to small and midsized organizations and Atlanta’s underserved communities.
 
Over a two-day period in September, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs met with arts leaders and artists to identify potential projects and partnerships that will meet Mayor Bottoms objectives of equitable distribution and access to art and culture that can further engage our art community with national and international artistic experiences.  The work of the taskforce will continue over the next two months. 
 
Members of the taskforce include Chandra Stephens-Albright, Chris Appleton, Leatrice Elzy Wright, Christopher Escobar, Angela Harris, Jessyca Holland, Heather Infantry, Bem Joiner, Veronica Kessenich, Loli Lucaciu, Fahamu Pecou, Dantes Rameau, Lara Smith, and Malika Whitley.

The Emerging Jazz Icons Series Returns for the 2018 Season

The 2018 Emerging Jazz Icons Series will feature Camille Thurman (left) and the Darrell Green Trio on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, and Joel Ross (Right) on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 (Note: January’s concert has been canceled).

 

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen complications, our Emerging Jazz Icon Series concert scheduled for January 12 with Joel Ross has been canceled. However, Joel Ross is currently in negotiations to perform for the 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival.

More details about his upcoming performance will be shared as they come available.

 

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Atlanta Jazz Festival are proud to announce the return of the Emerging Jazz Icons Series. 

Organized in partnership with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and The Woodruff Arts Center, the Emerging Jazz Icons Series promote new and up-and-coming jazz artists while introducing the art form to a new generation. 

The 2018 season of the Emerging Jazz Icons Series will feature Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, and Joel Ross on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 (January’s concert has been canceled). All concerts will take place in The Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium and lead up to the 42nd Atlanta Jazz Festival, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend (May 25– 26, 2019) in Piedmont Park. 

Tickets for this season of concerts will be available at www.woodruffcenter.org and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. 

Tickets for the Emerging Jazz Icons Series featuring Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio are now on sale. Purchase your tickets here.

About Camille Thurman
Acclaimed singer Camille Thurman has amazed audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity, and captivating artistry. An accomplished performer and composer, Thurman has worked with notable Jazz and R&B icons such as Dianne Reeves, Pattie LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, among others. Thurman has also performed and toured throughout China, Africa, South America, Europe, and Central America with her band. She has also received multiple accolades for her talent. Most notably, Thurman was the recipient of the Martin E. Segal –Lincoln Center Award for Outstanding Young Artists.

About Joel Ross
A Chicago native, Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artist such as Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star, Ross has performed at multiple festivals including the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals. Ross has just recorded his debut album “Good Vibes” and formed his own ensemble under the same name. 

OCA’s Cultural Experience Project Commences 14th Year

The Mayor’s Chief of Staff Marva Lewis shown with OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen

 

On September 18, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) commenced the Cultural Experience Project’s (CEP) 14th year with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the Woodruff Arts Center, and this year’s 28 cultural partners. 

The Mayor’s Chief of Staff Marva Lewis shared remarks regarding the importance of the program, while OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love highlighted the notable experiences each grade level will have throughout the academic year. 

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen also expressed her thoughts about the value of the program and the impact these cultural experiences have on APS students. 

The first experience of the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project took place on August 30 with APS high school students seeing Theatrical Outfit’s production of “The Book of Will” — a witty historical quest about a band of merry men and women coming together to keep Shakespeare’s words from fading into obscurity. 

Throughout October, APS students will experience performances of Ailey II at the Rialto Center for the Arts, “Paige in Full” at the Alliance Theatre, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem at Cobb Energy Center, presented by the ArtsBridge Foundation. 

Students will also visit experiences provided by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Chick-fil-A, the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Atlanta History Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) this month. 

Special thanks to Alliance Theatre Associate Artistic Director and Dan Reardon Director of Education Christopher Moses and his colleagues for hosting this year’s commencement event at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Center-Space. 

Stay tuned as we share news and stories from the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project during the academic year. 

OCA, Alliance Theatre, and AJF Host Night of Jazz and Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center

Georgia State University Associate Professor Dr. Maurice J. Hobson pictured with panelists Phillip DePoy, Playwright of Nick’s Flamingo Grill, and Joe Alterman, Jazz Pianist and Director of The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

 

The “History of Jazz in Atlanta,” presented in collaboration with the Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. saw more than 120 people come together at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium to engage in an enlightening panel discussion and Q&A about jazz music’s influence on the city’s culture.  The event included exclusive excerpts from the Alliance Theatre’s new musical “Nick’s Flamingo Grill,” which tells the story of two G.I.s turned jazz musicians who attempt to transport their racially mixed performance from abroad to 1950s Atlanta.  

The evening opened with remarks from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Executive Director, Camille Russell Love. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, with insights from panelists Phillip DePoy, Playwright of Nick’s Flamingo Grill, and Joe Alterman, Jazz Pianist and Director of The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.  

The speakers shared their thoughts regarding the importance of Jazz as an art form and the cultural significance of the city’s first integrated jazz club, which inspired the play. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the discussion.  

Performances of Nick’s Flamingo Grill start September 29 and run until October 28 in the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage. For more information, visit alliancetheatre.org.  

Also, look for information regarding the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Emerging Jazz Icons Series returning this fall. 

Chastain Arts Center and Gallery Releases Winter Workshop Schedule

Fall is officially here, and the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery’s winter session is just around the corner. Registration for the center’s winter session opens on Monday, November 5. 
 
Choose from a series of mediums such as drawing, painting, collage and more. We also offer an open studio for ceramicist during our winter workshops. 
 
You can view our full workshop schedule online at tinyurl.com/CACFall2018. Call us at 404-252-2927 to register! 
 
Make sure to register early because classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis.me, first serve basis.

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces ELEVATE: S.W.A.T.S

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs moves its annual public art festival to Southwest Atlanta to honor the neighborhood’s culture, history, and heroes.

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) will host the city’s annual public art festival, ELEVATE, in Southwest Atlanta from Sunday, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Oct. 21.   

Traditionally hosted in Atlanta’s south Downtown area, the festival’s move to the southwest community marks the OCA’s efforts to present cultural experiences from artists and organizations like the Alliance Theatre and High Museum of Art to a new audience. The move also provides a platform to showcase Southwest Atlanta’s cultural institutions such as Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, Dancemakers of Atlanta, and the Arnika Dawkins Gallery. 

Titled ELEVATE: S.W.A.T.S. (Southwest Atlanta, Too Strong) in honor of the community’s nickname, the week-long festival seeks to commemorate the heritage of the community while infusing the area with a variety of cultural activities. Featured events include a book signing and photo exhibition by photographer Shelia Pree Bright, a theatrical production of “Bone Hill: The Concert”, “A Night of Dance” by Ailey II and the Dancemaker of Atlanta, and the “Right in the Eye” movie concert.  

Four large-scale murals will be installed in the Cascade Business Corridor as part of an exclusive community art collection. An impressive mural will be dedicated to the community’s five Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients: Reverend Dr. C. T. VivianCongressman John LewisReverend Joseph E. LoweryAmbassador Andrew Young, and Atlanta Braves legend, Henry “Hank” Aaron. In collaboration with France-Atlanta and Atlanta’s sister city of Toulouse, France, a mural by world-renowned urban artist Ceetwill be installed, while a collective of metro Atlanta-based artists selected by the community will complete the collection.  

The Art of the S.W.A.T.S. House, a visual celebration of artistic and musical excellence from the S.W.A.T.S., will be curated by platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning musician T.I., and will incorporate the art of Austin Blue.  

Featuring 13 different cultural events and 12 different art installations, this year’s ELEVATE aims to offer a diverse array of cultural experiences while celebrating the rich history, culture, and accomplishments of one of Atlanta’s strongest communities.  

Additional support for this year’s festival includes Mailchimp, Chick-fil-A, For Freedoms - 50 State Initiative, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Live Fresh, Atlanta City Studio, Street Art ATL, Discover Atlanta, the Point at Cascade, Atlanta Music Project, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Hillside International Truth Center, Church of the Incarnation, and Cascade United Methodist Church.   

For more festival information and a full event schedule, visit elevateatlart.com.  

Gallery 72 Presents Dual Exhibits from Photographer Ken West

 

Ken West  

“The Beauty of Everyday Thangs” 

 

A-side:  October 18 – November 16, 2018, at Gallery 72  

B-side:  October 18 – December 31, 2018, at The Mayor’s Gallery @ City Hall

Opening Reception – Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at Gallery 72  

 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce a dual exhibition by photographer Ken West at Gallery 72 and The Mayor’s Gallery @ City Hall.

“The Beauty of Everyday Thangs” is an exhibition of documentary photos that illustrate the natural beauty and power of normalcy.

This series of images seeks to display a sliver of the emotional truth and power of our world as it is. Shot almost entirely using film cameras and captured over the past decade, these images speak to the values of simplicity and beauty that exist in all of us.

The photos cast aside the stereotypes associated with marginalized members of our society. Instead, the exhibit encourages audiences to appreciate the intricate realities of who we are and how we choose to live. Each image is the product of West’s conscious awareness of the importance and beauty of Now.

This exhibition will be exhibited in two City’s galleries. Part one will display at Gallery 72 on 72 Marietta St. NW with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Gallery 72.

Part two of the exhibition will be at The Mayor’s Gallery @ City Hall located on the second floor of Atlanta City Hall Annex in the Mayor’s Executive Suite Foyer. Both exhibits are free and open to the public.

Please contact Gallery Supervisor, Kevin Sipp, for more information at 404-546-3220 or [email protected]. 

OCA’s Public Art Team Restores “Emerging” Sculpture

 

“Emerging” is located at the intersection of Spring Street NW and Carnegie Way NW, in front of The Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art team just completed restoration of “Emerging.” 
 
Created in 1981 by Atlanta-based sculptor Mark Smith, the bronze sculpture resides at the intersection of Spring Street NW and Carnegie Way NW and depicts a partial male figure posed in the process of standing up from a crouching position. 
 
The flat highly polished surface on top of the figure reflects the moving streetscape and towering skyscrapers around it. Each side of the reflective surface offers a unique view of the surrounding area while creating symbolism of a contemporary man “emerging” from the environment. 
 
The sculpture underwent restoration in September. The exterior of the sculpture was washed, treated, waxed, and polished to restore the surface’s original shine. The Public Art’s Conservation and Maintenance Team also addressed the staining on the concrete under the figure’s left foot and copper staining on the sculpture. 
 
For more information about the sculpture and the City’s Public Art Collection, visit our Arts Hub. 

OCA’s Public Art Program Restores Sculpture Dedicated to Congressman John Lewis

“The Bridge” (c. 1997), by artist Thornton Dial. Dedicated to Congressman John Lewis in 2005

This month’s City of Atlanta Public Art highlight is “The Bridge” (c. 1997), by American artist Thornton Dial. This 42-foot-long abstract sculpture, dedicated to Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis, is part of the City’s Public Art Collection and can be found in Freedom Park near the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and the newly renamed John Lewis Freedom Parkway.

Dial, a self-taught artist, created the sculpture using found objects, such as scrap metal, tires, wood, plastic, various textiles, and glass. “The Bridge” evokes the image of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama while also representing Congressman Lewis’ enduring crusade for a more just society.

Simultaneously, the assemblage is a memorial to the efforts of local intown neighborhoods in protecting their homes against the construction of a planned highway.

For more information on this piece and other artworks, visit our Art Hub to learn about the more than 200 pieces of art in the City of Atlanta’s Art Collection.

Click the link below to listen to our exclusive interview with Congressman Lewis discussing the sculpture.

OCA and APS Celebrate 14 Years of the Cultural Experience Project

 

Created 14 years ago with the purpose of providing cultural experiences to Atlanta Public Schools students, from Pre-K to 12th grade, the Cultural Experience Project (CEP) is a unique opportunity that illustrates the meaningful ways public and private entities can come together for a common good.
City government, a local public school district, cultural venues, and corporate and private donors work together to ensure that Atlanta’s youth has access to the City’s arts and cultural offerings.

As the CEP program enters a new academic year, the OCA staff is pleased to welcome Moving in the Spirit to the fold. Among the returning venues are the Michael C. Carlos Museum, which will exhibit the work of renowned Atlanta artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou during this year’s visit, and the Chick-Fil-A Backstage Tour.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, Theatrical Outfit, and the ZuCot Gallery are also among the 28 venues represented in this year’ program.

Look for more information about this year’s cultural experiences throughout the school year.

City of Atlanta Honors Congressman John Lewis with Playscape Dedication and Street Renaming

Congressman John Lewis pictured with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (middle), Councilmember Andre Dickens (far left), OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love, and playscape artist Gregor Turk (far right).

 

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, a portion of Freedom Parkway was renamed “John Lewis Freedom Parkway” in honor of American civil rights activist U. S. Congressman John Lewis of the Fifth Congressional District.

Spearheaded by the John Lewis Task Force, the renaming ceremony occurred at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and the parkway that now carries Lewis’ name. The celebration featured remarks from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Congressman John Lewis, and an opening statement from City Councilmember Andre Dickens. Former mayors Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin were also in attendance.

The occasion also revealed two additional projects — led by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) — the restoration of “The Bridge”, a sculpture by Thornton Dial, and the installation of “Ride to Freedom”, a playscape by Gregor Turk.  “The Bridge,” an assemblage constructed of multiple found objects, creates an abstract interpretation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The artwork, originally dedicated to Congressman Lewis in 2005, also symbolizes his lifelong quest for the advancement of civil and human rights.

Funded through KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that helps provide safe places for children to play, the “Ride to Freedom” playscape tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides, where John Lewis and fellow activists traveled from Washington, D.C., through the south, to New Orleans, Louisiana to protest racial inequality.  Resting along the PATH Trail, the playscape leads children and adults alike to the John Lewis Plaza.

Be sure to visit the new John Lewis Freedom Parkway and the Journey to Freedom Playscape next time you are in Freedom Park!

Gallery 72 Hosts Panel Discussion with Renowned Artist Deanna Sirlin

Respected artist will discuss her latest exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of ArtsATL.com

On Color: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA
About the Panel Discussion:
The language and meaning of colors are central to the work of artists, scientists, chefs, musicians, and designers.
 
Designers use color to finding the right palette to bring life to their products. Musicians often think about the color of tonality and sound so they can produce body moving rhythms. Blending warm and cool tastes, Chefs use color relationships in creating their recipes. Pastry chefs, like chefs, use color as an element to sculpt their edible forms. Color is a crucial dimension of artistic expression; this can easily be seen in “Translucence,” an exhibition of new work by painter Deanna Sirlin.
 
This panel accompanies Sirlin’s exhibition by focusing on her primary concern as a colorist – the language of color. Speakers from a variety of fields will address what color means to them and how they use it or address it in their work.

 

Panelist:

 

  • Deanna Sirlin, artist
  • Euneika Rogers Sipp, multidisciplinary artist and designer, and founder of Destination Design School
  • Deborah VanTrece, chef of Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours
  • Daryl White, anthropologist, professor emeritus at Spelman College
  • Gregory Zinman, assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Click here to RSVP for the panel discussion.

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects 45 Metro Atlanta Arts Organizations for AIM Training Program

OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love (right) pictured with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (middle) speaking with Moving in the Spirit students. Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) congratulates the arts organizations selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) training program. Of the 45 selected organizations, 37 are based here in Atlanta.

Through this $43 million, multi-year initiative,  small and midsize cultural organizations will receive access to unrestricted general operating support and arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development. This unique program focuses on multiple, nonprofit arts organizations in urban areas because of the vital roles these institutions play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists.

This additional support reinforces the investment made by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms when she doubled the OCA’s arts funding in the 2019 budget.

In a statement given to Bloomberg  Philanthropies, Mayor Bottoms said, “Our Administration was proud to add a million dollars to support the arts in our 2019 budget.”

“…Investing in the arts also makes good business sense. It unleashes the creative synergies that bring people together to solve problems and advance innovation. That’s also the goal of our One Atlanta vision: to take a diverse palette of cultures and communities and blend them all into a tapestry of success for everyone. We thank Bloomberg Philanthropies for sharing that vision,” she added.

“We were delighted to host former Mayor Bloomberg at Moving in the Spirit and highlight Atlanta’s cultural offerings,” said OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love. “Thanks to this additional support, there will be an infusion of cultural activity and operational stability for these arts organizations.”

Again, congratulations to the participants of this outstanding program. The OCA is proud to have been involved with this initiative.

Five Public Artworks Receive Restorative Treatments

Through support provided by the City of Atlanta and Renew Atlanta, five public artworks in the City’s Public Art Collection, managed by Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, were recently restored by Patrick Kipper, a fine arts patineur and conservator.

Kipper performed conservation treatments on Atlanta from the Ashes (pictured above), designed by Jim Seigler, located in Woodruff Park; Ceremonial Circle by Maria Artemis — located at 254 Peachtree St. SW; Threshold by Robert Llimos — located at Boone Park; the Five Points Monument, created by George Beasley –located at the Five Points intersection; and the Henry W. Grady Monument by Alexander Doyle — located at the corner of Marietta Street NW at Forsyth Street NW.

Commissioned in 1967, Atlanta from the Ashes symbolizes Atlanta’s rise to become a global city. Dedicated and installed in 1969, the sculpture depicts a woman being lifted from flames by a phoenix, a reference to the mythological Egyptian creature that rose from its ashes.

Created by Atlanta-based artist Maria Artemis in 1994, Ceremonial Circle is an inlaid circular plaque made with sandblasted text. The work has decorative swirls and is labeled with familial relationships: mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, friend, etc.

Relocated from Underground Atlanta to the City’s newly opened Boone Park, Threshold, created by Robert Llimos, is a bronze sculpture from Barcelona, Spain that joined the City’s art collection as part of an Olympic cultural exchange in 1996. A spectrum of colors beautifies the figure in the doorway, summoning ideas of diversity and multi-culturalism.

The Five Points Monument is an asymmetrical sculpture that commemorates the historic intersection where trolley tracks, an artesian water tower, and the five streets that form the heart of Downtown Atlanta. The sculpture’s traditional girder construction is an ode to early water towers constructed during the 19th century while its structural steel trusses allude to the trolley tracks now buried below the street. An adjacent smaller sculpture displays texts that focus on the history and destination of each of the five streets forming the intersection: Peachtree Street., Edgewood Avenue, Decatur Street, Whitehall Street (South Peachtree), and Marietta Street.

Dedicated on October 21, 1891, to 25,000 on-lookers, the Henry W. Grady Monument is a bronze sculpture that memorializes Atlanta’s famous “New South” advocate and editor of The Atlanta Constitution (now known as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).Two bronze statues of women sitting on benches with footstools rest on both sides of the base. The women each hold a wreath with an inscription taken from an address Grady delivered in Boston in 1889.
“This hour little needs the loyalty that is loyal to one section and yet holds the other in enduring suspicion and estrangement. Give us the broad and perfect loyalty that loves and trusts Georgia alike with Massachusetts that knows no South, no North, no East, no West; but endures with equal and patriotic love every foot of our soil, every State in our Union.”

Gallery 72 Hosts Arts and Culture Podcast “Today Maybe Forever” 

Today Maybe Forever, a podcast hosted and produced by arts and cultural journalist Floyd Hall, will record a series of podcasts in Gallery 72 in the month of August, starting August XX

Featuring compelling ideas and discussion with extraordinary people, Today Maybe Forever discusses the importance of context and cultural memory in the arts, sciences, design and pop culture.

Subscribe and Listen to the newest episode on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Artist Deanna Sirlin to Exhibit New Artwork at Gallery 72

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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Deanna Sirlin opening Thursday, August 16 at Gallery 72

This exhibition features 21 of Deanna Sirlin’s new works, including mixed media collages that incorporate both traditional art materials and pieces of her own works alongside elements of recycled and found objects. a site-specific large-scale window installation created exclusively for Gallery 72, and paintings on canvas.

Sirlin is well-known as a pioneer of using digitally printed transparent materials as a vehicle for her intensely colored abstract imagery. She has completed eight such installations around the world; this will be her first, new installation exhibited in Atlanta since 2006. Sirlin will also present a video work that she made in collaboration with New York artist Matthew Ostrowski.

As the artist herself states,

“My works employ collage because of a desire to hold a color in my hand and place the color into the composition.  The works are made by creating and finding color shapes that are cut into particular forms. My interest is in the interaction of color and shape; the structure is based on affinities and inclinations between and among the elements that are found, made, and rescued. Forms and shapes overlay each other–sections are embedded into the surface as a response. Elements conceal and reveal the underpinnings of the structure of map-like compositions that are also a kind of plan view. As I place each piece on each color in the composition, all is in response. I replay, reply and reaffirm with each piece in the individual conversation to create a place, a thought, and a pictorial idea.

I am repurposing my paintings and drawings into new works. With each piece of a former work that I hold in my hand and place within the new work, a new history is created that calls upon my past. I also create new pieces of color and add found images to this visual dialogue. Forms overlay, overlap, reveal and conceal as they are placed in the work.”

Opening Reception
Thursday, Aug. 16. from 6  p.m. to 9 p.m.

RSVP for the reception here.

11Alive Shines Light on Atlanta’s “Forgotten” History and Faces

11Alive’s Liza Lucas reported on Rusty Millar’s “The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta” exhibit, currently on display at Gallery 72.

The story highlights the history of the photos, which documents the lives of Old Fourth Ward, Vine City, and Buttermilk Bottom residents, and the search to find the people in these half-century old photos.

Click the video above to watch the story. If you recognize any of the people in the photos, contact the exhibit’s curator, Susan Todd-Raque, at [email protected].

Visit Gallery 72 at 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA to view the exhibit for yourself. The exhibit ends on Friday, August 10.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks Signature Murals for Elevate 2018

Request for ProposalsThe City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program Seeks Painted Murals for Elevate 2018

Mural by Yoyo Ferro

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) Public Art Services seeks proposals from local artists to paint murals along Cascade Road in Southwest Atlanta. The murals should be abstract or non-objective and have an uplifting theme. Each selected artist will be granted to a different wall/location. These will serve as part of the overall programming for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ 2018 public art festival ELEVATE.

Project/ Scope of Work

Project Description

ELEVATE 2018 is working closely with Cascade Heights and all surrounding communities to plan events that will showcase the neighborhoods’ rich history. Murals should be mocked up on the proposed wall and be colorful, positive additions to the neighborhoods. Wall owners will have final approval on mural images and may ask for changes to be made to the mock-up. Walls will be cleaned for the artists. Ladders or scaffold will be made available if needed. Artist’s fee includes $500 for paint and materials.

*Please note: the exhibition of the murals will be a ‘temporary’ installation. The OCA hopes to leave the murals indefinitely but projects can be removed for any reason after the October event.

Project Timeline

August 20: Proposals due

August 27: Selected artists will be notified

October 14: Artwork must be complete by this date.

October 21: Murals will be a major focus on this day of ELEVATE, The OCA’s annual Public Art Festival

Budget/Compensation

The budget includes artist fee, supplies, and paint.

Artist Compliance

Artists are responsible for worksite safety and will be asked to sign a liability waiver prior to work beginning.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Painting proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Originality of Design

Is the artwork unique and original to the proposing artist?

Artistic Merit of Design

Is the design visually and conceptually stimulating?

Design’s relevance to Cascade

How will the design interact with its viewers in this community? How will it complement its surroundings?

Previous professional art experience

Do the submitted portfolio examples show artistic merit and support the proposal’s feasibility?

Proposal Guidelines & Requirements

A written summary describing the proposed painted artwork takes into account the location, its surroundings, the history of the area, and the community (not to exceed max 250 words)

Contact information for artist including name, address, telephone number, & email address

Examples of past works – At least three (3) JPEG images relevant artworks sent as each separate attachment.

Biographic information including an artist Resume or CV.

All proposal submission materials must be received by 5 p.m. on August 20, 2018.

Please email application packets to [email protected]

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Emily Fisher at [email protected].

Contract Terms

All contracts are subject to review by the City of Atlanta’s legal counsel, and a project will be awarded upon signing of an agreement or contract which outlines the terms, scope, budget, and other necessary items.

Selection Notice

Proposals will be evaluated beginning August 23, 2018. Selected artists will be notified by August 27, 2018. Artists will be contacted, and contracts will be handled shortly after. Non-accepted artists will be notified by September 1st, 2018.

Download Mural RFP

Chastain Arts Center Commemorates 50 years with Anniversary Celebration

The Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is pleased to announce its 50th Anniversary Celebration, a creative family event for all ages. The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities will include Plein Air Paint Out, Raku Firings, Kids Art Zone, food, and live music.

Additionally, the celebration will feature open studio demonstrations to encourage public participation in jewelry making, printmaking, and ceramics throughout the day.

The Chastain Gallery will also unveil duel exhibitions, The Chastain Experiment and Fifty|Fifty. The Chastain Experiment invites participating artists to create large-scale, ephemeral drawings directly onto the gallery’s walls.

Featured artists are current drawing and painting instructors of the arts center. Fifty|Fifty, located in Chastain’s gift shop area, showcases the arts center’s rich tradition of ceramics and jewelry by featuring the work of 18 former teaching-artists from Chastain Arts Center’s 50-year history.

Furthermore, an original short film documenting the history of Chastain as Atlanta’s oldest art center will premiere during the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration for the Plein Air Paint Out is found here: www.ocaatlanta.com/chastain.

This event will be hosted at the Chastain Arts Center located at 135 West Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA. Please call 404-252-2927 for more information or contact us at [email protected].

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks Bench and Picnic Table Murals for Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Request for Proposals: The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program Seeks Mural Benches and Picnic Tables to be Painted for Elevate 2018

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Services seeks proposals from local artists to paint park benches and picnic tables in Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. The murals should serve as a single body of work and will serve as part of the overall programming for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ 2018 public art festival ELEVATE.

Project/ Scope of Work

Project Description

ELEVATE 2018 is working closely with the community surrounding Cascade to plan events that will showcase the neighborhood’s rich history. Murals should be presented as a full body of work that compliments the beauty of Cascade Springs Nature Preserve without competing with it. Benches and picnic tables to be prepped, primed and painted are located in three areas of Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. Each area will have a different artist therefore 2 artists will paint 2 picnic tables and 3 benches ($3000), and 1 artist will paint 2 Picnic Tables ($2,500). This budget includes supplies and artist fee.

*Please note: the exhibition of the murals will be a ‘temporary’ installation. The OCA hopes to leave the murals indefinitely but projects can be removed for any reason after the October event.

Project Timeline

August 20: Proposals due

August 27: Selected artists will be notified

October 1: Artwork must be complete by this date.

October 21: Murals will be a major focus on this day of ELEVATE, The OCA’s annual Public Art Festival

Budget/Compensation

The budget includes artist fee, supplies, and paint.

Artist Compliance

Artists are responsible for prepping, priming and painting tables and benches with products recommended by OCA’s Public Art program.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Painting proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Originality of Design

Is the artwork unique and original to the proposing artist?

Artistic Merit of Design

Is the design visually and conceptually stimulating?

Design’s relevance to Cascade Spring Nature Preserve

How will the design interact with its viewers in this community? Is the subject matter or design relevant and appropriate for this audience?

Previous professional art experience

Do the submitted portfolio examples show artistic merit and support the proposal’s feasibility?

Proposal Guidelines & Requirements

A written summary describing the proposed painted artwork(max 250 words)

Contact information for artist including name, address, telephone number, & email address

Examples of past works – At least Three (3) JPEG images relevant artworks sent as each separate attachment.

 

Biographic information including an artist Resume or CV.

All proposal submission materials must be received by 5 p.m. on August 20, 2018.

Please email application packets to [email protected]

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­[email protected]

Contract Terms

All contracts are subject to review by the City of Atlanta’s legal counsel, and a project will be awarded upon signing of an agreement or contract which outlines the terms, scope, budget, and other necessary items.

Selection Notice

Proposals will be evaluated beginning August 24, 2018. Selected artists will be notified by August 27, 2018. Artists will be contacted, and contracts will be handled shortly after.

Non-accepted artists will be notified by August 31, 2018.

Public Art Team Celebrates Storied Musicians with Sculptures at Chastain Park

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art team recently installed bronze busts of legendary musicians at the State Bank Amphitheater (formerly known as Chastain Park Amphitheater) at  Park

These artworks were donated to the City of Atlanta in 2007 by Claude Nobs of the Montreux Jazz Festival to celebrate our partnership with the music festival. These expressionistic bronze busts by Italian sculptor Marco Zeno are a part of the city’s collection and showcase legendary performers Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Willie Nelson, all performing artists from the venue’s renowned history.

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Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee and WonderRoot Celebrate Atlanta’s Civil Rights Legacy

 

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Atlanta have united with arts and advocacy organization WonderRoot to launch a large-scale community initiative titled “Off The Wall.
Off the Wall is a city-wide initiative that will take place from June 2018 through February 2019. Through murals, media, and community conversations Off the Wall will share elements of Atlanta’s civil rights and social justice journey, elevating key stories and ideas present in our city’s pursuit of a more equitable future for all Atlantans.

To learn more and to get involved in Off the Wall, visit offthewallatl.org and follow #OfftheWallATL on Instagram and Twitter

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks Mural Proposals for Utility Boxes in Cascade Heights

 

Request for Proposals: The City Of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office Of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program Seeks Professional Visual Artists to Create Painted Designs on Traffic Light Utility Boxes for ELEVATE: Cascade 2018

 


Video is courtesy of Matt Evans

 

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program seeks proposals from local professional visual artists to adorn metal traffic light utility boxes with original painted artworks. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Services has identified two (2) traffic light utility boxes in the Cascade Heights neighborhood and is seeking professional, visual artists to adorn them with 2-D, painted artworks.

Project/ Scope of Work

 

Project Description

If selected, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will provide artists with an outdoor location to a traffic light utility box or pedestal utility box in the neighborhood.  Each artist will embellish the box on-site with original, hand-painted works of art. Paint and respirators will be provided to the artists, along with an artist fee/compensation of $800. Artists will be responsible for completing the design for the mural and applying the paint to the utility box.

*Please note: the exhibition of the artist-painted utility boxes will be a”‘temporary” installation. The OCA anticipates leaving the painted boxes in place until the murals become dilapidated.

Project Timeline

August 1: Proposals due

August 13: Selected artists will be notified

August 18: Artist orientation re: expectations and materials (Saturday)

September 28: Utility Boxes must be complete

Budget/Compensation

Awarded artists will receive artist fee/compensation of $800 for painting a traffic light utility box. In addition to the $800 award, the Office of Cultural Affairs will provide protective breathing equipment (respirators) and will purchase oil enamel paints for each artist to use (up to $200). Artists will be required to provide their own preferred paint application supplies (sprayers, brushes, or other).

Artist Compliance

Artists must complete their assigned utility box by September 28, 2018 or risk breach of contract. Non-local or regional artists may apply, but there will be no travel compensation provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Artists must prime boxes prior to painting them (primer paint will be provided by the OCA).

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

 

Painting proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Originality of Design

Is the artwork unique and original to the proposing artist?

Artistic Merit of Design

Is the design visually and conceptually stimulating?

Design’s relevance to Cascade Heights and surrounding neighborhoods

How will the design interact with its viewers in this community? Is the subject matter or design relevant and appropriate for this audience?

Previous professional art experience

Do the submitted portfolio examples show artistic merit and support the proposal’s feasibility?

 

Proposal Guidelines & Requirements

 

A written summary describing the proposed painted artwork(max 250 words)

Contact information for artist including name, address, telephone number, & email address

Examples of past works -5 JPEG of five relevant artworks.

Renderings of proposed painted design(s) for the utility boxes.

Using one of two options:

Hand drawing

Digital drawing

Biographic information including written explanation of past relevant experience and artist Resume or CV.

Paint Pallet selection and budget list -Artists will be required to use “1 Shot” enamel paint products. Painting supplies (including respirators and paint) will be supplied by the OCA. Please include in your proposal a list of 1 Shot enamel colors, including the prices that you will need to complete your design. Artist may use any colors from the URL links below. List of paints needed must not exceed $200.

https://www.dickblick.com/products/1-shot-lettering-enamels/

*Artist may also apply for the Mural Bike Rack Project but designs must be completely different.

Please email application packets to: [email protected]

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­[email protected]

 

Contract Terms

 

The OCA will negotiate contract terms upon selection.  All contracts are subject to review by the City of Atlanta’s legal counsel, and a project will be awarded upon signing of an agreement or contract which outlines the terms, scope, budget, and other necessary items. All content, coding, and graphics used will become the sole property of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

Selection Notice

 

Proposals will be evaluated beginning August 10, 2018. Selected artists will be notified by August 13. Artists will be contacted, and contracts will be handled shortly after. Non-accepted artists will be notified by August 17, 2018.

All artists will need to sign and date a professional service agreement upon selection. The contract will be given to the artists at the time of orientation.

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks New Bike Rack Murals for Cascade Heights

 

Request for Proposals: The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program Seeks Professional Visual Artists to Create Painted Designs on Bike Racks for ELEVATE: Cascade 2018

 

Bike Rack Mural by Sanithna Phansavanh; Photo courtesy of Sanithna Phansavanh

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program seeks proposals from local and regional professional visual artists to adorn metal bike racks with original painted artworks to continue the Mural Bike Rack Project. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program will install two Mural Bike Racks at different locations around the Cascade Heights neighborhood. The goal of the Mural Bike Rack project is to supplement and promote the City of Atlanta’s biking infrastructure through the creation of functional Public Art.

The Mural Bike Rack Project will…

 

Project/Scope of Work

 

Project Description

If selected, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will provide selected artists with a fabricated and primed bike-shaped bike rack for artists to embellish with original, hand-painted works of art. Artists will be responsible for completing the design for the mural and applying the paint to the bike rack. After each painted design is complete, artists will return the bike racks to the OCA. The OCA will then install them in the neighborhood.

*Please note: the exhibition of the artist-painted bike racks will be a”‘temporary” installation. The OCA anticipates leaving the painted bike racks in place until the murals become dilapidated (likely around three years). 

Project Timeline

August 1: Proposals due

August 13: Selected artists will be notified

August 18: Artist orientation re: expectations and materials; Artists pick up bicycles and begin painting (this is a Saturday)

September 28: Completed Bike Racks are due back to OCA

October 1 – 12, 2018: City of Atlanta installs bicycles

Budget/Compensation

Awarded artists will receive artist fee/compensation of $800 for painting a mural bike rack

In addition to the $800 award, the Office of Cultural Affairs will provide protective breathing equipment (respirators) and will purchase oil enamel paints for each artist to use (up to $200). Artists will be required to provide their own preferred paint application supplies (sprayers, brushes, or other).

 Artist Compliance

Bike racks will be installed by the City of Atlanta. Artists must complete and deliver finished bike racks to the OCA on September 28 or the artist will breach his/her contract. Non-local or Regional artists may apply, but there will be no travel compensation provided by the OCA

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

 

Painting proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Originality of Design

Is the artwork unique and original to the proposing artist?

Artistic Merit of Design

Is the design visually and conceptually stimulating?

Design’s relevance to the Cascade Heights and surrounding neighborhoods

How will the design interact with its viewers in this community? Is the subject matter or design relevant and appropriate for this audience?

Previous professional art experience

Do the submitted portfolio examples show artistic merit and support the proposal’s feasibility?

Proposal Guidelines & Requirements

 

A written summary describing the proposed painted artwork(max 250 words)

Contact information for artist including name, address, telephone number, & email address

Examples of past works -5 JPEG of five relevant artworks.

Two renderings (front and back of bike rack) of proposed painted design(s) for the bike rack using one of two options:

Place painted design inside the 2-D template using hand drawn or digital technologies (download image here, or see image attached at the end of RFP packet)

If an applicant has Photoshop skills, rendering your image on top of a 3-D blank bike rack image. (download image here).

*Please note: The seat of the bike rack and the circular plates inside of the wheels will be made of flat metal sheets. The rest of the bike rack is composed of cylindrical metal tubing.

Biographic information including a written explanation of past relevant experience and artist Resume or CV.

Paint Pallet selection and budget list -Artists will be required to use “1 Shot” enamel paint products. Painting supplies (including respirators and paint) will be supplied by the OCA. Please include in your proposal a list of 1 Shot enamel colors, including the prices that you will need to complete your design. Artist may use any colors from the URL links below. List of paints needed must not exceed $200.

https://www.dickblick.com/products/1-shot-lettering-enamels/

*Artist may also apply for the Utility Box Project but designs must be completely different

 Please email application packets to: [email protected]

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­[email protected]

Contract Terms

 

All artists will need to sign and date a professional service agreement upon selection. The contract will be given to the artists at the time of orientation.

The OCA will negotiate contract terms upon selection.  All contracts are subject to review by the City of Atlanta’s legal counsel, and a project will be awarded upon signing of an agreement or contract which outlines the terms, scope, budget, and other necessary items. All content, coding, and graphics used will become the sole property of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Selection Notice

 

Proposals will be evaluated beginning August 10, 2018. Selected artists will be notified by August 13. Artists will be contacted, and contracts will be handled shortly after. Non-accepted artists will be notified by August 17, 2018.

ELEVATE 2018 Dates Announced!

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will host our 8th annual ELEVATE Public Art Festival in Atlanta’s historic Cascade neighborhood from Sunday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 21.

ELEVATE seeks to infuse culture into a neighborhood through visual art, performances, and cultural events that present the city’s cultural offerings in various locations around Atlanta.

In addition to showcasing one of Atlanta’s storied neighborhoods, we are partnering with France-Atlanta and our sister city of Toulouse, France to present a mural by world-renowned street artist Ceet. A self-taught artist, Ceet developed his own style by using various mediums to produce 3D, abstract and figurative art and has partnered with major brands such as Adidas, Prada, and Lancel.

More details on this year’s schedule of events will be made available on our website. To learn more about ELEVATE, visit elevateatlart.com.

Gallery 72 Hosts Panel Discussion on Development, Economics, and Race in Atlanta

The City of Atlanta’s Gallery 72 will present the panel discussion: Memory, Race, and Erasure in Urban Atlanta on Friday, July 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm.
The panel discussion, inspired by Gallery 72’s current exhibition, “The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta,” will include panelists, Paul Crater, Maurice J. Hobson, Kelly Kristen Jones, C. Rose Smith and Mtamanika Youngblood, who will discuss concerns regarding development, economics, and race in Atlanta. 
Stop by Gallery 72 on July 6 for our artist talk and come see the current exhibit, showing until August 10.
About “The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta” by Rusty Miller
Russell “Rusty” Stough Miller (1933-1992) grew up in Atlanta and decided he wanted to be a commercial photographer rather than work in the family printing business. Rusty Miller followed his personal passion on the weekends by documenting the people who lived in Old Fourth Ward, Vine City, Summerhill, Washington-Rawson and Buttermilk Bottoms, where there were unpaved streets, electricity was rare and life went on as usual, outside of the turmoil during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement activities in downtown Atlanta.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Brings 27 Cultural Experiences to Atlanta Public Schools Students

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that 27 Atlanta-area cultural venues were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project (CEP). This year marks the program’s 14th year, and we are thrilled to welcome this year’s venue partners to the program.

The Cultural Experience Project was created to ensure that every Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student – pre-K through 12th grade – has access to at least one cultural experience each year he or she is enrolled in an APS school. The program is a partnership between Atlanta Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for the program is made possible by the generous support of public and private foundations and companies, as well as donations by individual donors. Additional information about the program’s supporters will be announced in the fall.

Please join our office in welcoming this year’s partner venues (see below). We are excited to work with their staff and look forward to hearing about the many phenomenal experiences APS students will have.

Alliance Theatre
Artsbridge
Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta Opera
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
APEX Museum
Ballethnic Dance Company
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour
Children’s Museum
College Football Hall of Fame
David J. Sencer CDC Museum
Georgia Aquarium
Giwayen Mata
High Museum of Art
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Moving in the Spirit
Museum of Design Atlanta
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Oakland Cemetery
Rialto Center for the Arts
The King Center
Theatrical Outfit
True Color Theatre Company
ZuCot Gallery

Mayor’s Gallery Unveils “The People and Parks of Atlanta & Georgia“ Exhibit

The Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce a new exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, featuring local photographer and illustrator Thomas Swofford. The exhibition, entitled Here & There: The People and Parks of Atlanta & Georgia”, opens to the public on Monday, June 11, 2018

Thomas Swofford is a nature and city photographer living in Atlanta, whose images have displayed in small businesses and non-profits throughout metropolitan Atlanta and several Georgia State Parks. He first started taking photos at the age of 12, when he first picked up a 1978 Olympus camera, and continued practicing and learning the trade throughout high school and college.

Thomas attended Georgia State University, where he studied Print Journalism and Environmental Geology. His desire for an objective view and powerful passion for nature led him to further his education in those fields while keeping his camera ready at all times.

Gallery 72 Showcases “Forgotten Atlanta” in New Exhibit

The City of Atlanta’s Gallery 72 is honored to present the first solo exhibition of Rusty Miller’s vintage and later photographs of Atlanta, circa 1960s to 1970s, in “The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta.”  The exhibition, in collaboration with curator Susan Todd-Raque, features a selection of 50 photographs portraying the people in various communities now gone or changed forever.

Russell Stough Miller (1933-1992) grew up in Atlanta and decided he wanted to be a commercial photographer rather than work in the family printing business. Rusty Miller followed his personal passion on the weekends by documenting the residents of Old Fourth Ward, Vine City, Summerhill, Washington-Rawson and Buttermilk Bottoms, where there were unpaved streets, electricity was rare and life went on as usual, outside of the turmoil during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement activities in downtown Atlanta,

Stored away for more than 20 years by friends and then his daughter, Miller’s photographs now give visibility to those who were marginalized and invisible to the world at the time.  There is a simple connection to people, their spirit and their hearts, rarely seen in photography today.  Each image is a fresh experience captured.  Children laughing and giggling as they squish into a makeshift go-cart made from a fruit crate or as they roll old tires in a race down a hill.  Whether sitting on a porch or hanging near the local grocery store, men and women are making small talk on a hot summer day and watching people go by.  We see life in Atlanta’s neighborhoods soon to be destroyed or negatively affected by the building of the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.  The bus series from the 1970s shaped another setting for Miller to quietly study the moods of the passengers; some lost in thought and distant from Miller, others aware of his camera.

This is where we need YOU, the people of Atlanta!  Please come and help us identify who the people are and where the places were.  Their history is unfinished and we would like to give recognition to those who have been forgotten.

Panel Discussion: Memory, Race, and Erasure in Urban Atlanta.
July 6, 2018 from 7  p.m. to 9 p.m.

Panelist: Paul Crater, Maurice J. Hobson, Kelly Kristen Jones, and Mtaminika Youngblood

For more information please contact the gallery at 404.546.3220 or [email protected]

Open Call for Hardy Ivy Park Artist Submissions – Extended

OVERVIEW

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program is seeking local art for its Temporary Art Program in central Atlanta.  The art will be displayed in Hardy Ivy Park, a location in downtown Atlanta, for up to two years. Initiated in 2009, the Temporary Art Program seeks to provide exposure to art and local artists while providing cultural amenities in downtown Atlanta.

Hardy Ivy Park

Located at 310 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta GA 30308, Hardy Ivy Park is an urban garden park in the convention and visitor district of downtown Atlanta.  The location is central to business and visitor traffic, well lit, and highly visible to pedestrians and street traffic. The park is directly off Peachtree Street which is considered Atlanta’s central thoroughfare.

The Public Art Program has located a large concrete pedestal to display rotating art. The platform is surrounded by high rise buildings with the midtown skyline as a backdrop surrounded by skyscrapers’ designed by renowned architect John Portman.   The dedicated sculpture pedestal/platform must be utilized to install the chosen art; the pedestal dimensions are 72” h x 70” wide x 70” deep. The footprint of the selected art must conform to the dimension of the pedestal; the art must be structurally sound and constructed of materials that are suitable for outdoor public environments. The City of Atlanta supports a contemporary art collection that reflects the diversity of the urban environment.

Art selected for this opportunity must be available for a two-year lease. The artist will receive an honorarium not to exceed $3,000 over a two-year period while retaining ownership of the artwork. The leased artwork will have exposure to the business community and visitors at this highly visible platform.

 

SELECTING ARTISTS AND AWARDING COMMISSIONS

An art selection panel will assist The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program in making the selection.   The selected artwork will be awarded an annual contract. Permitting, engineering reviews, transportation, shipping, and insurance will be the responsibility of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.  This artist call is for local, working artists and is specifically for three-dimensional artwork.  You must be the creator of the artwork and hold title. Existing artworks are encouraged for submission to this proposal. Qualified artists will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age.

SCHEDULE

Application Deadline: July 6, 2018
Commission Announcements: July 20, 2018

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Interested artists must submit the following materials on or prior to July 6, 2018, to be considered:

Submit materials electronically to: 

[email protected]

Briana X. Camelo, Project Coordinator

City of Atlanta’s Public Art Program

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Releases Annual Report

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), which manages the city’s multiple cultural and arts-based endeavors, recently released its 2017 Annual Report. The report highlights OCA’s efforts to spur stronger and more inclusive growth and explains the surprising economic impact the arts provide.

The report also demonstrates the collective impact of the OCA, whose subunits include Gallery 72, Chastain Arts Center, the city’s Public Art Services, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, just to name a few, which generates surprising fiscal value for metro Atlanta in the form of approximately $15 million in economic impact to the city through its annual Atlanta Jazz Festival and ELEVATE temporary public art festival. Furthermore, the report reveals the direct and indirect benefits the OCA provides Atlantans through its various programs, such as the more than 30,000 Atlanta Public Schools students it engages annually via its Cultural Experience Project (CEP).

To view the OCA’s 2017 Annual Report, please use the following link. Follow the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest announcements.

OCA 2017 Annual Report

OCA Newsletter :: June 2018

 


June Newsletter

 

Thank you for supporting the 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. We are honored to continue this proud tradition and provide a platform for seasoned and young musicians while sharing jazz’s rich cultural experience with our residents and visitors. We kicked off this year’s festival with our popular 31 Days of Jazz series, providing unique, jazz-enriched experiences across the city throughout the month of May. 

Despite the threat of May showers, Jazz Festival Weekend was blessed with beautiful weather and Piedmont Park was the perfect venue for one of the best concert weekends in festival history!

This year the Atlanta Jazz Festival presented an exciting array of talent on three stages that displayed the vitality of jazz music and its continued impact on distinct cultures. From artists like Alexandria Jackson, The Bad Plus, Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, Dianne Reeves and more, the festival was a testament to the dynamic and diverse power of jazz!

None of this would be possible without the faithful and continuous support of people like you or the board of directors of Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. Furthermore, we thank all our sponsors, media partners, patrons, donors and musicians whose support and contributions helped make this event a success. Again, the City of Atlanta thanks you and we hope to see you next year!

Sincerely,

Camille Russell Love
Executive Director

City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expand to Atlanta

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies has expanded its Arts Innovation and Management program to include Atlanta and six other cities! They will invest more than $43 million in small and midsize cultural organizations. For more information, click here and select “Start Application”.

The Public Art Team Wins UDC Award

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the Public Art team has won The Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for the Journey to Freedom: Women of the Civil Rights mural project by artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, with photographs from Dr. Doris A. Derby, Susan Ross and Shelia Turner.

The Journey to Freedom mural project honors the contribution of women to the Civil Rights Movement. The project uses mural walls, photography and figurative sculpture to visually represent the narrative of women fighting for social justice. 

Hardy Ivy Park Artist Call

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art team seeks local art proposals for its Temporary Art Program in central Atlanta to display in Hardy Ivy Park, a location in downtown Atlanta.

Please share this post with any local, Atlanta-based artist you know.

For more information, visit the submission page.

SAVE THE DATE
August 11, 2018 
Chastain Arts Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

10 AM – 5 PM 


Sights & Insights Regional Art Show Reception

June 15, 2018 at 6 pm

Chastain Arts Center & Gallery and Dunwoody Fine Art Association Present:
The 2018 Southeastern Regional Art Show
SIGHTS & INSIGHTS
Monday, June 18 to Thursday, July 30


A juried art exhibit to give regional artists the opportunity to display their artwork in a prestigious Atlanta gallery. Participants can win up to $1500 in Awards.

Opening Reception, Friday, June 15 at 6 pm  

Elyse Defoor “Unbridled” Artist Talk 
June 6, 2018 at 12 pm

Thomas Swofford “Here & There: The People and Park of Atlanta and Georgia”
Monday, June 11, 2018            

The Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce a new exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, featuring local photographer and illustrator Thomas Swofford. The exhibition, entitled “Here & There: The People and Parks of Atlanta & Georgia“, will open to the public on Monday, June 11, 2018
 
Thomas Swofford is a nature and city photographer living in Atlanta, whose images have displayed in small businesses and non-profits throughout metropolitan Atlanta and several Georgia State Parks. He first started taking photos at the age of 12, when he first picked up a 1978 Olympus camera, and continued practicing and learning the trade throughout high school and college.

Thomas attended Georgia State University, where he studied Print Journalism and Environmental Geology. His desire for an objective view and powerful passion for nature led him to further his education in those fields while keeping his camera ready at all times.

Rusty Miller: The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta
June 14 – August 10, 2018

The City of Atlanta’s Gallery 72 is honored to present the first solo exhibition of Rusty Miller’s vintage and later photographs of Atlanta, circa 1960s to 1970s, in “The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta.”  The exhibition, in collaboration with curator Susan Todd-Raque, features a selection of 50 photographs portraying the people in various communities now gone or changed forever.
 
Russell Stough Miller (1933-1992) grew up in Atlanta and decided he wanted to be a commercial photographer rather than work in the family printing business. Rusty Miller followed his personal passion on the weekends by documenting the residents of Old Fourth Ward, Vine City, Summerhill, Washington-Rawson and Buttermilk Bottoms, where there were unpaved streets, electricity was rare and life went on as usual, outside of the turmoil during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement activities in downtown Atlanta,  
 
Stored away for more than 20 years by friends and then his daughter, Miller’s photographs now give visibility to those who were marginalized and invisible to the world at the time.  There is a simple connection to people, their spirit and their hearts, rarely seen in photography today.  Each image is a fresh experience captured.  Children laughing and giggling as they squish into a makeshift go-cart made from a fruit crate or as they roll old tires in a race down a hill.  Whether sitting on a porch or hanging near the local grocery store, men and women are making small talk on a hot summer day and watching people go by.  We see life in Atlanta’s neighborhoods soon to be destroyed or negatively affected by the building of the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.  The bus series from the 1970s shaped another setting for Miller to quietly study the moods of the passengers; some lost in thought and distant from Miller, others aware of his camera.
 
This is where we need YOU, the people of Atlanta!  Please come and help us identify who the people are and where the places were.  Their history is unfinished and we would like to give recognition to those who have been forgotten.
 
Opening reception June 14, 2018 from 6 pm

 Panel Discussion: Memory, Race, and Erasure in Urban Atlanta.
July 6th, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Panelist: Paul Crater, Maurice J. Hobson, Kelly Kristen Jones, and Mtaminika Youngblood

For more information please contact the gallery at 404.546.3220 or [email protected]

Cultural Venues Selected to Participate in 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that 27 Atlanta-area cultural venues were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Cultural Experience Project (CEP). This year marks the program’s 14th year, and we are thrilled to welcome this year’s venue partners to the program.
 
The Cultural Experience Project was created to ensure that every Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student – pre-K through 12th grade – has access to at least one cultural experience each year he or she is enrolled in an APS school. The program is a partnership between Atlanta Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for the program is made possible by the generous support of public and private foundations and companies, as well as donations by individual donors. Additional information about the program’s supporters will be announced in the fall.
 
Please join our office in welcoming this year’s partner venues (see below). We are excited to work with their staff and look forward to hearing about the many phenomenal experiences APS students will have.

Alliance Theatre 
Artsbridge
Atlanta Ballet 
Atlanta Botanical Garden  
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta Opera  
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 
APEX Museum 
Ballethnic Dance Company
Chattahoochee Nature Center 
Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour                                
Children’s Museum
College Football Hall of Fame
David J. Sencer CDC Museum
Georgia Aquarium

 Giwayen Mata
High Museum of Art
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Moving in the Spirit
Museum of Design Atlanta
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Oakland Cemetery
Rialto Center for the Arts
The King Center
Theatrical Outfit
True Color Theatre Company                                                     
ZuCot Gallery

Horizon Theatre Company: Citizens Market

Click here for more information on tickets.

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31 Days of Jazz Event Calendar

Of course you’re coming  out to the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day Weekend in Piedmont Park…but come out to any of our 31 Days of Jazz events and enjoy all that the City has to offer! Check out our event calendar here!

Don’t forget to bookmark our mobile channel at http://www.atljazzfest.com/ for up-to-date festival and park information!

ArtsATL Highlights OCA Executive Director, Camille Russell Love

As a part of their ‘Legacy Series’, ArtsATL and Gail O’Neill highlight the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Executive Director, Camille Russell Love on her decades-old mission to keep culture in the city. Click here to read full article.

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OCA Newsletter :: May 2018

 


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The Atlanta Jazz Festival is Approaching

 

The Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) is regarded as one of the largest, FREE jazz festivals in the country. An annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz that lasts throughout May and culminates each Memorial Day weekend with an outdoor festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, featuring jazz artists from all over the world.

The mission of the AJF is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage and variety of Jazz as an authentic form of American music.

The festival is produced by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and is FREE and open to the public. It is made possible thanks to funding from corporate sponsors and Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Atlanta Jazz Festival. For more information, visit atlantafestivals.com.

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Late Night Jazz Jam



After enjoying the jazz outdoors in Piedmont Park, contemporary jazz lovers can walk over to Park Tavern and enjoy the highly anticipated Late Night Jazz Jam on Saturday, May 26, featuring Russell Gunn & The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Tickets are $40.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Late Night Jazz Jam is one of the festival’s most popular events. For more information, click here.

31 DAYS OF JAZZ



Partners of the Atlanta Jazz Festival will host jazz events every day leading up to the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. 

From MARTA stations, museums, jazz clubs and restaurants, our 31 Days of Jazz series provides a little something for everyone.

Click here for the 31 Days of Jazz calendar.

Neighborhood Jazz Series

 

Join your local City of Atlanta council members each week during our Neighborhood Jazz Series.

Each weekend, we partner with a different council member to bring jazz and fun to different corners of Atlanta. Come and enjoy great music and great times while we highlight Atlanta’s unique and historic neighborhoods! Each Neighborhood Jazz Series starts at 4 p.m.

Neighborhood Jazz Series Dates:

May 6: Neighborhood Jazz Series at West Manor Park presented by Council President Felicia Moore and Council Member Andre Dickens with performances from Gritz and Jelly Butter and Wolfpack ATL. Watch promo video here.

May 12: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Washington Park presented by Council Member Ivory Lee Young, Jr., in conjunction with the Atlanta Beltline, with performances from Latrese Bush and Lil’ John Roberts and Friends. Watch promo video here.

May 13: Neighborhood Jazz Series at John A. White Park presented by Council Member Marci Collier Overstreet with performances from EQ and Brenda Nicole Moorer. Watch promo video here.

May 19: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Wilson Mill Park presented by Council Member Andrea L. Boone with performances from Groove Centric and Julie Dexter

May 20: Neighborhood Jazz Series at Grant Park presented by Council Member Carla Smith with performances from Mabu’s Ark Band and The Milk Shake Quintet.

MARTA Mondays

MARTA Mondays feature FREE, LIVE JAZZ at a different MARTA station every Monday in May, starting at 4 p.m. These two-hour jazz concerts are a preview to the upcoming Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on May 26 and 27.

2018 MARTA Mondays Schedule:

May 7Lindbergh Station, 4 p.m. featuring the Chris Burroughs Trio

May 14: Avondale Station, 4 p.m. featuring the Mike Walton Quartet

May 21Midtown Station, 4 p.m. featuring Grüt



Sights and Insights



Calling all artists in the Southeast! Don’t miss your chance to apply for the 2018 Southeastern Regional Art Exhibit: SIGHTS AND INSIGHTS, which will be held in the Chastain Gallery, June 18th through July 30th. Entry is open to all artists aged 18 and over who are residents of AL, FL, GA, NC, SC or TN. For more information and criteria for entry, click here. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 4th, 2018.

Summer Camp and Teen Workshops



Summer is almost here and our 2018 Art à la carte Summer Camp is a little more than a month away! Register your child or teen for our summer camp and teen workshop today. To view our Summer Camp and teen workshop schedule, please visit our website. Make sure your child or teen doesn’t miss out on all the fun! Call us today to register!



Artist Talk at Gallery 72 – Elyse Defoor
Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Our lives are meant to do something. To have a hopeful outcome is to experience joy. Some people experience life with sunken resentment. I use art to slog through the morass of obstacles set before me. Unbridled– joy, loss, rage, joy– is my treatise on the passage of womanhood from the 1950s to today. This work has moved me from collecting wedding dresses and the comments from the women who wore them, to the ongoing study of the black belt with all its meanings, to the shed skins of Exuvia and, back again, to present the empty dresses in a new way. With authentic reverence, the beauty of darkness and light holds the conflicts of joy, loss, rage and joy in the full circle of life.

Call For Panelists for 2019 Grant Cycle

Buried Truths



The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will co-produce a concert staging of the Tony Award-winning musical Candide in Symphony Hall. In this popular adaptation of Voltaire’s satirical novel, the naïve Candide is separated from his beloved and journeys around the world to find her while fiercely retaining his mentor’s belief that “this is the best of all possible worlds” in the face of ever-increasing catastrophes. Candide will feature a cast of actors, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus in this historic Alliance Theatre/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra co-production.  

Click here to RSVP and for more information. 



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The Atlanta Jazz Festival Presents A Global Concert Viewing Party for International Jazz Day at The Plaza Theatre

 

The Atlanta Jazz Festival will host a free viewing party of The 2018 All-Star Global Concert on Monday, April 30 at The Plaza Theatre beginning at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.

The All-Star Global Concert will feature a stellar lineup of international artists representing jazz, and many other genres of music, for a performance that spans styles, cultures and languages taking place at St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre, home to the internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet and one of the crown jewels of a city renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The 2018 All-Star Global Concert will feature nearly three dozen acclaimed artists representing 14 countries, including many Atlanta Jazz Festival past performers. Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia) will serve as co-artistic directors, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as musical director.

Additional confirmed artists include: Cyrille Aimée (France), Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Vadim Eilenkrig (Russia), Kurt Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), James Genus (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), David Goloschyokin (Russia), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez (Cuba), Taku Hirano (Japan), Anatoly Kroll (Russia), Gaoyang Li (China), Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA), The Manhattan Transfer (USA), Branford Marsalis (USA), James Morrison (Australia), Moscow Jazz Orchestra (Russia), Makoto Ozone (Japan), Danilo Pérez (Panama), Dianne Reeves (USA), Lee Ritenour (USA), Luciana Souza (Brazil) and Ben Williams (USA), among others.

In the spirit of International Jazz Day, each year’s All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance to the Global Host City and to the hosting nation. Long considered Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg has played an important role in the popularization and development of jazz in Russia. The country’s jazz scene was born in 1927 in St. Petersburg with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” at the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929. Moreover, St. Petersburg is the only city in the country to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall, founded in 1989.

The viewing party will be shown at The Plaza Theatre, a venue of cultural significance on the verge of celebrating its 80th anniversary. The theatre, located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue, NE, was designed by architect George Harwell Bond and opened on December 23, 1939 as an art deco cinema and live theater space. In early 2013, the Plaza Theatre was sold to theatre enthusiast Michael Furlinger and has undergone extensive alterations to its original appearance, including the addition of a full-service bar with signature cocktails.

The event is free; however, registration is encouraged. Click here to register to attend the event.

OCA Newsletter :: April 2018

 


April Newsletter

 

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL RELEASES FULL LINEUP OF 2018 ARTISTS

Highlights include Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Dianne Reeves, The Bad Plus and Jazzmeia Horn, to name a few.

In a video announcement released Tuesday March 27, 2018, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed the artist lineup for the 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. The lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings presented on three stages: The Legends Stage, The Contemporary Stage and The Next Gen Stage. The country’s longest running free jazz festival will take place for two days over Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, in Piedmont Park. For the first time in the event’s history, Saturday will feature a special all-female jazz lineup.

Restoration of Homage to St. Eom’s Pasaquan

The Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the completion of the Homage to St. EOM’s Pasaquan artwork restoration. The artwork was created by the late Eddie Owens Martin as a part of Folk Art Park during the 1996 Olympics. The piece pays homage to the original work located in Buena Vista, Ga. The Homage to St EOM’s Pasaquan incorporated large cast-concrete totems painted in vibrant colors, surrounded by brightly-painted mandala designs that vaguely reference Pacific-Islander sculpture and aboriginal artwork. The City of Atlanta provides stewardship to the piece and was made possible through the generous help of the Community Foundation, GPC Renovations, and artists: Jan Riley, Addison Adams, and Adrian Barzaga. The site is expected to be open to the public Mid-April.


Emerging Artist’s Exhibition Opening Reception

April 12th, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents this year’s Emerging Artist Exhibition, the opening reception  of the exhibit will be held Thursday, April 12th from 6 – 8 PM at the Chastain Arts Center. This exhibit is designed to support practicing artists residing in the City of Atlanta. The public is invited to come meet this year’s recipients: Charlina Rose Smith, Bella Dorado, and Lauren Peterson. Come out and support these local artists!

Ernest G. Welch Fellows MFA Exhibitions

April 2nd – April 6th

Maryam Palizgir’s : “Folded Mystery”
 
Folded Mystery project is the metaphors for how we exchange knowledge, how perception widens our perspective, and how observation deepens our understanding of the reality in which we live. I seek works of art that activate once the viewer is involved. Folded Mystery is about challenging viewers’ perception and multi-perception embodiment through 2D and 3D drawings, sculptural paintings installations focusing on the interaction of geometric abstract forms, colors, reflective objects and layering grid-like materials in space. I intend to focus on the complexity of space by making sculptural installations that allow me to look into and through things. I also bring photography into this exchange. I am preoccupied with finding new ways of seeing through the experimental cross-fertilization of drawing, sculpture, and photography, which stimulated a philosophically oriented questioning of vision and perception.

Aaron Kagan Putt’s “Another Failed Attempt”
 

Aaron Kagan Putt was raised in the dry heat and saguaro speckled landscape of Tucson, Arizona, not far from the border with Mexico. He ventured often between these divided territories, developing an intense interest in travel and cultural hybridity. Much of his work investigates the intersection between culture and its material manifestations on the landscape.
 
The works in Another Failed Attempt explores the impulse to manipulate material and forms as a means to achieve personal and societal transformation. Adopting a hybrid and nomadic form, this series of sculptures and paintings probe themes of utopian architecture, self-improvement and the human desire to memorialize.
 
Putt has been awarded grants by the Minnesota State Arts Board and his work has been exhibited internationally. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Art History candidate at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.

Elyse Defoor “Unbridled” 
April 12th –June 7th 2018

On April 12th, 2018 Artist Elyse Defoor’s exhibition “Unbridled” opens at Gallery 72.   “Unbridled” features bodies of work in sculpture, photography, and other media, that explore the emotional dichotomies of the human experience through meditations on marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and unbounded freedom. Through the creative use of ceremonial and mundane materials Defoor brings the viewer into spaces of mythic resonance and lived memory.
 

Art & Urban Resilience Discussion Panel and Reception
April 18th , 2018 6:30 pm to  11 pm

Over the recent years, the global community established a political and social trajectory of development known as the sustainability movement. The sustainability approach to development integrates dimensions of economic growth, social cohesion, and resilience. They are captured under 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the global community at the United Nations in September, 2015. Among the specific goals are: Goal 3 – Good health and Well-being for People, Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12- Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 13 – Climate Action. The goals among other embed universal ambition of preserving the world we live in for future generations.
 
Atlanta  is no stranger to these ambitions, in fact, it has recently joined the 100 Resilient Cities campaign and adopted a resilience strategy that pursues the vision of sustainable growth in Atlanta’s local context. What is unique about the vision is the very key role that art and culture occupy. Art and Culture become vehicles to achieve ambitions of resilience urban future of Atlanta, ready to absorb acute and chronic shocks and disasters – from environmental degradation to racial inequality, and urban sprawl. The role of art and culture in defining the progressive direction of Atlanta’s growth is very distinct from other urban centers. From civil rights movement and socio-political change to Captain Planet and the environmental movement, art held a key role in promoting grassroots driven behavioral and political change in Atlanta city context. This trend is still very much alive today among the existing artist community in Atlanta, who create public a (community) art within the local and global themes of social cohesion, development, and environmental protection.
 
Building on the historical contributions of art to change, the Urban Catalyst Lab and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is putting together a local and global expert panel to discuss the role and capacity of art to address the current global and local issues of development, and to initiate and facilitate social, behavioral and political change. Using concrete current and historic, local and global examples, the panel will explore the role of arts in building urban resilience and sustainability, and show the inherent link between art and sustainable urban growth.
 
The panel will include the recent local to global art community intervention in Johns Creek, a focus on the past and  current exhibitions at Gallery 72,  and the development of the upcoming art + urban resilience lab,
 

The panel will engage speakers from Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Office Resilience, local and international artists to discuss how art, policy and change align to achieve sustainable urban future.

The panelists include: 
William Massey: Atlanta based artist, ColorATL
Hanif Kureshi: Indian artist, S+art Delhi Street art Festival
Kevin Sipp: Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Michelle Wiseman: Mayor’s Office of Resilience
Lynda Smith: Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ruxanda Renita & Ana Gabriele Sabancevaite: Urban Catalyst Lab


RECEPTIN PARTY
Virtual Reality Art by Jessica Anderson
Music by DJ Stan Zeff 

Contracts For Arts Services Application Workshops

Call For Panelists for 2019 Grant Cycle

Contract For Arts Services Emerging Artists Award Recipients

April 12th, 2018 6:30pm – 8:00pm

On Thursday, April 12th at the Chastain Art Center Gallery from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will recognize three Emerging Artist Award recipients in the categories of Dance and Visual Arts. The artists will be honored with a reception and an exhibition of their work.

Each year, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs through the Contracts for Arts Services program recognizes rising stars in the arts through the Emerging Artist Award which promotes the work of professional artists of notable talent and ability living and creating are within the city of Atlanta.

This year’s recipients are:

Gabriella “Bella” Dorado
Bella Dorado is a choreographer, performing artist, educator, and producer. Her movement is characterized by a driving sinuous flow and explorations of vulnerability and the dark places full of risk and magic. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

Lauren Peterson
Lauren Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist who creates new systems for devalued objects, focusing on the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

Charlina “Rose” Smith
Rose uses photography for activism, to discuss social issues that reflect the present time, and to tell the story of the black experience in America. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.

OCA Selected as Winners of KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challege

On Saturday, March 3rd , The Play Everywhere Tour, powered by KaBOOM! and Target, visited Atlanta, bringing families and kids together for FREE, fun-filled family play. As part of the Tour, the Play Everywhere Challenge winners were announced, awarding $720,000 in total grants for creative projects that encourage play in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has been selected a Play Everywhere Challenge winner. We have been awarded a $25,000 to help support our project “John Lewis’s Ride to Freedom.” The project includes incorporating a play space on the PATH Trail in Freedom Park near “The Bridge” artwork dedicated to Congressman John Lewis. The play space will focus on the 1961 Freedom Riders Route from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA. An artist derived play-scape on the PATH trail would consist of outlines of states the Freedom Riders traveled incorporating games and activities for kids to follow the Freedom Riders path. The second element will be a bus play structure to represent the Freedom Rider’s bus. The bus will allow for several kids to play at a time, while also engaging them in facts about the Freedom Riders and significant events along the route. The families in the area, as well as other visitors, will have a place to play and exercise while also learning about one of the greatest civil rights leaders; Congressman John Lewis. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. The Play Everywhere Challenge and Tour are part of a broader effort led by KaBOOM! and Target focused on engaging communities to help families make active play a part of everyday life. By the end of the year, KaBOOM! and Target will bring more than 260 new playspaces to life, reaching more than a half-million kids across

Hooked on Books
With
Whiskey & Ribbons

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Human Resources hosted critically acclaimed author, Leesa Cross-Smith to introduce her first novel, Whiskey & Ribbons. Cross- Smith concluded her week in Atlanta by engaging with City of Atlanta employees in a brief conversation and book signing. She talked about the structure of the novel, how she has written it as “a fuge… a piece of music with three voices and three narrators. I’ve written the book for black women.” Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she’s snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon’s, and as he decides to track down the biological father he’s never known. If you missed Leesa Cross-Smith during her time in Atlanta, there is another opportunity to hear more about Whiskey & Ribbons and meet Leesa, at the Decatur Book Festival August 31 – September 2, 2018. Learn more about this wonderful author, her warm and bright spirit, and other works of fiction here.

Buried Truths

In 1948, three black farmers decided they’d had enough. They were going to vote in rural South Georgia, where white supremacists held power by suppressing the black vote. Pulitzer-Prize winning author, journalist and Emory University professor Hank Klibanoff explores the mysteries and injustices of history through civil rights cases that few have seen.  How far would white supremacists go — on the streets, in the courtrooms, in the legislatures — to preserve their racial dominance? And, most importantly, why? Who were we back then? The truth is restless, relevant and revealed.

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Jazz Appreciation Month (Learn More…)

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.


Jazz Appreciation Month 2018: Jazz and Justice

This year, JAM celebrates the relationship between jazz and justice by looking beyond the music to the dynamic ways jazz has played a transformative role in social justice, musician’s rights, and equality since its birth in America. For the first time JAM will not feature a musician but instead hightlight “one of the most influential nonmusicians in jazz history,” producer Norman Granz, and his work as an innovative producer, tireless promoter for his musicians, and uncompromising advocate for civil rights.

Ways to Celebrate Jazz, Both Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Looking for ideas and other ways to celebrate jazz during April and year-round? Find the category that best suits you or your organization and read through some of our favorite ways to celebrate and participate with jazz:

Individuals:

Teachers | Students | Parents | Band Directors | Fans | Musicians | Historians | Collectors | Philanthropists

Organizations:

Libraries | Churches | Jazz Societies | Museums & Historical Societies | Performing Arts Organizations | Foundations | Public Radio Stations

2018 JAM Poster: Jazz and Justice

The 2018 Jazz Appreciation Month Poster is the second in a special three-year series featuring the center section of LeRoy Neiman’s Big Band, a large-scale painting that hangs on the first floor of the National Museum of American History. The JAM Posters from 2017 and 2019 feature the left and right side of the painting respectively, so that when all three are hung next to each other, the iconic painting can be recreated! Big Band is a gift of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation.Part Two of the Big Band JAM Poster Series (2017-2019)

This year, JAM invites all jazz fans and appreciators to look beyond the music to the dynamic ways jazz has played a transformative role in social justice, musicians’ rights, and equality. Our featured JAM artist this year, producer Norman Granz, devoted his life to civil rights and equality – within the music industry and beyond. Through numerous record labels and his iconic touring show, Jazz at the Philharmonic, he helped propel many jazz musicians to greatness. Fittingly, all the musicians featured in this section of the JAM poster had careers that overlapped or were influenced by Norman Granz: