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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking feedback on the upcoming Atlanta Moving Forward Bond 2.0 Public Art Program from all Atlanta residents!

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking feedback on the upcoming Atlanta Moving Forward Bond 2.0 Public Art Program from all Atlanta residents!

The City of Atlanta plans to commission new public artworks in all twelve council districts and need your input.

Please answer this short survey to guide the direction of these projects. This survey will close on February 1, 2023. We are interested your thoughts on locations, mediums, and themes for these future artworks.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Fisher at EAFisher@AtlantaGA.gov.

 

Tell Us What You See…

Maintaining a vast public art collection for an entire city can be challenging at times. That’s why the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) appreciates the communities’ notifications– it helps us stay aware of the condition of public art works across the city.

Recently we received word from a constituent that Toby Martin’s crimson-colored sculpture, My Spirit is Changing had fallen victim to vandalism. Within a week’s span, treatment was underway to address this graffiti in Capitol View’s Perkerson Park.  During this sculpture’s graffiti removal, we received word from another Samaritan that someone had vandalized Helen Helwig’s ground mosaic Finding a Way to Harmony in Lakewood. Our Conservation and Maintenance Team sprung into action, visiting South Bend Center for Art and Culture to assess the overpainting and develop a plan of approach. Within 10 days of notification, both artworks were successfully treated.

We wish to highlight the quick turnaround of these treatments, to raise awareness about the direct power of community involvement. We continually assess the condition of all City-owned artwork, but sometimes property damage occurs during the time between assessments. That’s when civilian eyes and ears can really help support our mission.

Enacting change can be as simple as picking up the phone or sending an e-mail. So, remember, this is your city; if you see something, say something.

To report damage to any City-owned artwork in City Parks, please feel free call 404.546.6813 or send an e-mail to parkscustomerservice@atlantaga.gov.

You can visit this online database (https://www.ocaatlanta.com/arts-hub/#search/art) to see which works of art the City manages.

This map is also helpful, to pinpoint locations.

The City of Atlanta Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Eternal Flame Memorial for Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children

The City of Atlanta, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missing and Murdered Children Memorial Taskforce and artist Gordon Huether, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s Eternal Flame Memorial, dedicated to honoring the lives cut short during what is now known as the Atlanta Child Murders.

The completed memorial will be installed on the exterior grounds of City Hall, near the corner of Mitchell Street and Washington Avenue, in 2022.  Artist Gordon Huether designed the monument which will serve as a public place of reflection and recognition of the many lives lost during one of the darkest moments of our city’s history and offers eternal gratitude to those who aided in searches, recovery, and healing efforts.  It has been a key initiative of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to create “a lasting and appropriate tribute for the victims and their families, to serve as a testament that those lives mattered–that African American lives matter.”

Huether’s design will be created out of corten steel with LED up lighting and includes an eternal flame with the names of the 30 victims identified by the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce. There will be a space below each name to place, flowers or other tokens of remembrance. This artwork is one of two memorial projects to honor Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children, including a commissioned portrait exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

More information, courtesy of WXIA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XI8tatQlTM

Community Mural Unveiling, Saturday, December 4th at 11 am

 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), through its Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), have joined forces with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta City Councilwoman Marci Overstreet (Atlanta-District 11) and local artist TeMika Grooms to bring together individuals from across metro Atlanta, to create a mural paying tribute to Black Americans in the metro Atlanta community that have been leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

A Community Paint Day took place in November where volunteers contributed to painting the mural which is on display at 3190 Campbelton Road, SW.

There will be a free community event, as a part of on-going WORLD AIDS Day events, on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm, where the mural will be officially unveiled. All are invited to come out and enjoy the festivities, food, family fun and educational resources.

Location: 3190 Campbelton Road, SW; Atlanta, GA

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, program begins at 11:30 AM

Parking will be available at Westgate Plaza

Playground Restoration – Maintaining an Interactive Sculpture

Four Corners Park is home to In Search of Awe – a unique interactive playground structure created in 1993 by artist and architect Eleanor Hand.  Hand ensured this project was a community collaboration, engaging children of the local neighborhood to participate in, and learn the process.  Many children created models of their ideas and the community chose the design of a quaint house encompassed by a heart, created by Isaia Jackson, age 15.  Hand implemented plans for a functional sculpture based on Jackson’s idea, and she enlisted the help of children in the community to bring the design to life.

Since its creation in decades past, the painted iron and wood structure has experienced wear and tear at the hands of nature, the elements, and human activity.  The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has been working to turn back time and give some love back to this play sanctuary.  Prior to the artwork’s restoration, an assessment was performed by Shannon Douglas Kimbro, Public Art Conservation and Maintenance Manager.  There was vandalism on many areas of the sculpture, either drawn with graphite, chalk, or paint, or otherwise scratched into surfaces.  Paint was discovered to be failing on the metal components of the structure, causing spots of corrosion to appear upon the metal beneath.  Lichen was found to be inhabiting areas of the roof and walls.

Full treatment was initiated by the Public Art Conservation and Maintenance team.  The site was visited multiple times for general graffiti removal, mold removal, power washing, and meticulous re-painting, ensuring that the structure remains safe and clean for the continued enjoyment within the community.  The restoration is now complete, and this outdoor communal play structure is open to the public once again.

Restoring Ex-Static: A Complex System in Flux

A lot has happened lately in the bustling city of Atlanta as residents enjoy the last gifts of summer produce and the first of autumn’s crunchy leaves, and alongside the recent ELEVATE programming, our city had the privilege of seeing nationally renowned artist Maria Artemis unveil her artwork, Ex-Static, in its newly restored state.  The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Building Four Fabrications, has restored Maria’s 1996 sculptural array to its original radiance.

The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games were a pivotal point in Atlanta’s history, not only because our city hosted people from all over the world to participate in such a momentous tradition, but also because, during the six years of preparation for such an influx of visitors, Atlanta became further culturally fortified with new structures and works of public art, citywide.  The City of Atlanta accessed upwards of forty new sculptural and architectural public artworks in 1996, Ex-Static being one of those.  Commissioned by the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA), Ex-Static showcases marvelous feats of engineering, housed within aesthetic fluidity.  Examining Ex-Static is like walking into a complex idea in motion.

Crafted, in part, out of repurposed airplane components donated by Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, the artwork is dedicated to Artemis’s father, a former engineer at Lockheed who worked on the two aircrafts (the C-5 and the C-141) that were the source of materials for this installation.  From the artist’s website: “These technically sophisticated elements, engineered for another purpose, are reworked. The surfaces have been polished, sandblasted or left with minimal cleaning, and sealed. The beauty of the interior structure has been revealed and emphasized by contrasting paint.  The title of the work comes from a stencil found on one of the engine pylons, which read: Ex-Static Test Program.”

After experiencing decades of urban activity, this landmark was due for some serious maintenance.  Maria Artemis generously consulted on the restoration project with Frank Yoculan of Building Four Fabrications, and Frank spearheaded the hands-on restoration efforts.  Over the course of months, he and his team performed refinishing and intensive repair on various segments of the artwork, in order to realign the artwork with Maria Artemis’s original vision.  Funding for this restoration project was provided by the RENEW TSPLOST Infrastructure Bond.  Located within the median triangle at the intersection of Pine Street NE and West Peachtree Street NW, this revitalized artwork is now open and available for public viewing and exploration, just one block north of Civic Center MARTA Station.

Lisa Tuttle’s Postcolonial Karma Now Open at Gallery 72

Atlanta, GA — Lisa Tuttle’s postcolonial karma exhibition at Gallery 72 takes viewers on a journey that has been both complicated and enlightening for the Atlanta-based conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of gender, race and class. As a white woman born and raised in the South, descended from white Southerners, living in a progressive, multicultural Atlanta – Tuttle’s multi-media art practice has often reflected on the relationship, and conflict, between the races. postcolonial karma shares some of these observations. The exhibition opened on Friday, October 8 and will be on view through January 31, 2022. Gallery 72 is located at 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Admission is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to present this timely and thought-provoking artwork by Atlanta artist Lisa Tuttle,” states Kevin Sipp, Manager of Gallery 72 for the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We hope the work encourages conversation.”

postcolonial karma is a focused retrospective of Tuttle’s artworks, created over the last 25 years, whose topic has been a personal exploration of the interaction of black and white cultures in the American South, and in the world, including Belgium and South Africa. These works have been shown in previous solo and group exhibitions, but never collectively.

Tuttle has created new artwork for this exhibition, focusing on alternative proposals to address the carving of the three Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain. In considering the current efforts to remove Confederate iconography from public space, the trajectory of her work shifted – focusing specifically on women’s roles in the erection of Confederate monuments and the construction of the myth of the “Lost Cause”.

Approximately 30 artworks are featured in postcolonial karma, including fabric works, photographs, mixed media constructions, and works on paper. *Artwork featured in this release is Klan Ghosts on Stone Mountain.

Gallery 72 is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Guests are required to wear masks and abide by COVID protocols when visiting the gallery.

This exhibition is part of this year’s ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival and the project is funded by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

MEDIA: For artwork for this release, go to the ELEVATE media Dropbox https://bit.ly/ELEVATE-ATL-2021 and click on the Lisa Tuttle folder. To set up interviews, or for more information, contact Karen Hatchett at Hatchett PR, karen@hatchettpr.com.

This Sunday–Free Concert in Westside Park

Join Mayor Bottoms for the City’s first concert in Westside Park, featuring Algebra Blessett (@Yesitsalgebra) and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics (@TheSoulphonics). Admission is free.

#ElevateATL #ElevateArt #Atlanta #AtlantaArtists #Music

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Submission deadline is 10/25/21

 

ELEVATE 2021 Showcases Art, Music, Murals, Dance, Movies & More Every Weekend In October!

ELEVATE 2021 will take place each weekend in October in partnership with art galleries, museums, theaters, performance venues, restaurants and bars throughout the city.

The theme of this year’s public art festival, REVIVAL: Reopen, Reconnect, Reignite, will help ignite interest in arts and cultural events in communities across Atlanta, from Buckhead to Downtown and Old Fourth Ward to West End.

Visit https://www.elevateatlart.com/elevate-21 for event details.

 

Elevate 2021 Exhibitions at City Galleries

Gallery 72 exhibition Set for ELEVATE–September 19th / November 31st

Postcolonial Karma will be a focused retrospective survey of Lisa Tuttle’s artworks, created over the last 25 years, whose topic has been a personal exploration of the interaction of black and white cultures in the American South, and in the world. These works have been shown in several previous solo and group exhibitions (but never collectively):

Color, Culture and Complexity – MoCA GA

Inheritance – Sandler Hudson Gallery

Belgian (Congo) Diary – Sandler Hudson Gallery

Palimpsest: A Sea Island Cotton Plantation – City Gallery East, Clark-Atlanta University and Atlanta Contemporary

Haunted – Chastain Gallery

Journey – Caversham Press, South Africa

Fence – Agnes Scott College

Mock Proposal  – Poem88

Tuttle is also creating new work for this exhibition, focusing on alternative proposals to address the carving of the three Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain.

Approximately 30 artworks will be exhibited, including fabric works, photographs, mixed media constructions, and works on paper. Community conversations/engagements will be presented, artist talks and panels – and a modest companion catalogue raisonné (print on-demand) will be produced.

New Acquisitions- Showcasing City of Atlanta Recent Art Purchases

Chastain Art Center Gallery and The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall -September 18th/October 31st ,2021

During the Pandemic the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) understood that the best way to support artists was to support their artistry. After promoting a public call for submissions, we received overwhelming responses from each creative category.  We convened expert panels to select a final list of poets, short story writers, photographers, painters, and choreographers for the creation of new works and the purchase of existing works. The exhibition New Acquisitions highlights the works of art that are now part of the City of Atlanta’s permanent art collection. Eventually each of these works will be displayed in public spaces owned and administered by the City of Atlanta. This exhibition will feature 30 + artist and their distinctive works.

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. The gallery is located at 72 Marietta Street NW; Atlanta, GA 30303.

Chastain Arts Center is an educational facility that offers classes, workshops, and exhibits in a variety of creative mediums. Established in 1968 as an arts center, Chastain Arts Center is the oldest Arts Center in Atlanta.

Chastain Art Center is located at 135 Chastain Park Ave.; Atlanta, GA 30342.

The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall gives rising and established artists an unparalleled showcase and seeks to establish itself as a launching pad for underrepresented Atlanta art professionals, as well as new Atlanta arrivals deserving of exposure.

The Mayor’s Gallery is a municipal art gallery located at 55 Trinity Ave SW; Atlanta, GA 30303 on the 2nd floor of the City Hall Annex in the foyer of the Mayor’s Suite.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: OCA Seeks Project Proposals for ELEVATE 2021

The City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking project proposals for its annual Public Art festival, ELEVATE.

This year, ELEVATE will take place each weekend in September & October in various neighborhoods around Atlanta with a focus on the theme, Reopen, Reignite, Reconnect.

The OCA is seeking proposals for all artforms from Atlanta based artists and arts organizations.

Click below for details and requirements:
https://www.elevateatlart.com/callforproposals

Submission Deadline is 5:00 PM EST, August 20, 2021.

OCA Seeks Art Conservator to Help Restore Iconic Old Fourth Ward Mural

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program seeks an art conservator to help restore the “Triumphant Celebration” (pictured above) mural for the 2021 ELEVATE Public Art Festival. Interested parties should submit their proposals to Shannon Douglas Kimbro via email, at skimbro@atlantaga.gov, by 3 PM on Tuesday, August 03, 2021.

The selected conservator shall work closely with the Conservation and Maintenance Program Manager for the project’s duration. All contracted work identified within this Request for Quotes (RPQ) is anticipated to be completed no later than September 23, 2021. All work will need to be strategically planned and coordinated to assure completion within the timeline.

Additionally, the selected conservator will be responsible for all contracted services, insurance requirements, public safety requirements, permits, and coordination of services.

“Triumphant Celebration” was created by the late master muralist, Calvin B. Jones, in 1990 and sponsored by the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs (now known as the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs), the City’s Percent for Arts Program, and the 1990 National Black Arts Festival.

As a part of the 2021 ELEVATE Public Art Festival, the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs would like to sponsor the restoration of this iconic mural on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward Neighborhood. All questions, comments, and submittals regarding this RFQ will be received via email.

If you have any questions, please review the complete RFQ by clicking the link below or contact Shannon Douglas Kimbro at skimbro@atlantaga.gov.

Click here to download RFQ

OCA Seeks Artist for Pittman Park Mural Project

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is currently seeking a muralist to paint a vibrant and youthful mural at the Pittman Park Recreational Center. The selected artist or creative team for this mural project will receive $10,000 to cover payment, supplies, tools, equipment, and assistants.

The community is interested in bright, uplifting artwork that invites the youth to enter the pool at Pittman Park.

This mural will cover the entrance to the pool at the Pittman Park Rec Center in the Pittman Park Neighborhood. Creatives and local artists are invited to submit qualifications and budget breakdowns through 12 PM Noon EST, Monday, August 23, 2021.

For full project details, follow the link below to review the project’s RFP.

Click Here to Download the Pittman Park RFP

OCA Public Art Team Restores Olympic Artwork

The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games were accompanied by a large influx of public artworks acquired by the City of Atlanta, including Games, an abstract Corten steel sculpture by Spanish artist Elisa Arimany.  Corten steel is intended to showcase the passing of time through its ever-developing ferric patina.  Its appearance tends to be most even and aesthetically pleasing when uninterrupted by alternative influences, but the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, recently noticed the patina on Games had developed a streaky and uneven appearance with previous vandalism and damage becoming more apparent with the passage of time.

Local metalworker Jeffry Loy was brought in to perform a mechanical treatment on the artwork to improve the appearance of the patina.  Jeffry’s work should promote a more even appearance to the patina as it continues to develop over time.  He also spent time cleaning the sculpture’s concrete base to remove any elements distracting to the viewer’s eye, such as unsightly residues, litter, pollutants and biological debris.  The Public Art Conservation and Maintenance team also performed a “bang trim” on some of the trees hanging overhead, clearing the space from any contact between branches and the surface of the artwork.  If you are ever traveling up Capitol Avenue near the I-20 exit ramp, you will see this newly restored beauty stepping out from the shadows.

ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival To Activate Communities With Art As They REOPEN, REIGNITE & RECONNECT

As residents and businesses begin the process of moving forward with hope and optimism past the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival will help activate communities throughout Atlanta with art and cultural activities. The festival will include partnerships with art galleries, museums, theaters, performance venues, restaurants, bars, shops, colleges, parks, and libraries. ELEVATE 2021: REOPEN, REIGNITE & RECONNECT will take place from September 5 – October 31, 2021.

“As we emerge from a global pandemic, people are eager to share experiences and celebrate,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “During this year’s ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival our mission is to assist and amplify the efforts of the cultural community and local businesses as they safely REOPEN, REIGNITE & RECONNECT. We continue our commitment to highlight the outstanding work of local artists, and this year we are broadening the festival’s scope. Join us beginning Labor Day Weekend with the return of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and every weekend through October in neighborhoods across Atlanta to enjoy music, art, dance, film and a few surprises.”

“Over the last year, the world has been forced to pause and affirm its value in LIFE,” says Charmaine Minniefield, artist, activist and ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival 2021 curator. “We have witnessed great loss, while reckoning with difficult truths about our generation and what we want our legacy to be. We have been given a chance to imagine what we truly want for our future. It’s time now to come together in creative spaces of possibilities, safely in community, to begin to make our new world.”

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ vision is to enhance the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse, and educational cultural experiences; nurture artists and arts organizations; preserve and protect the city’s cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta’s international reputation. ELEVATE is a program of the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

For news and updates about ELEVATE 2021: REOPEN, REIGNITE & RECONNECT visit the website, elevateatlart.com.

OCA, Trust for Public Land Seek Artist for Cook Park Legacy Mural Program

In partnership with the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Trust for Public Land invites metro Atlanta artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for site-specific mural installations in Rodney Cook, Sr. Park (Cook Park) in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood.

The site-specific works of art should reflect Vine City’s unique history, and the artist selected will be required to work with the community to create the design and installation of the artwork. The artwork will be installed in up to two areas of the park. All costs associated with the artwork must be integrated into the presented budget.

Artist or artist teams interested in this opportunity can download the RFP with the link below. All applicants must submit their proposals by 11:59 PM, Monday, July 26.

Artists are allowed to submit multiple proposals for the project. However, design proposals must align with the culture of Vine City. For full details, including information regarding eligibility requirements, download and review our Request for Proposals (RFP) for each project linked below.

Muralists who apply for either project should have extensive experience working with communities and painting large walls.

Also, each artist should account for the cost of all materials and any assistants needed to complete the mural in their respective budget projections.

Please completely review the RFP and follow the application instructions. Any proposals that do not meet the proper application format will not be considered.

If you have additional questions, you can email Emily Fisher, at EAFisher@AtlantaGA.gov, for more information.

Click Here to Download RFP

City of Atlanta, OCA, and Hartsfield-Jackson Honors Atlanta Child Murder Victims with Portrait Art Exhibit

Portrait of Clifford Jones by artist Dwayne Mitchell, one of a series of portraits that will be apart of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits collection.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) announces the exhibition of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, opening Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

“This Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson, one of the busiest airports in the world, will honor these kids and be of great comfort to many of the families and residents of Atlanta,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Selected from a competition of over 100 regional visual art professionals, artist Dwayne Mitchell was commissioned to create 30 portraits memorializing each victim of the Atlanta Child Murders.

The OCA will exhibit Mitchell’s completed portraits at Hartsfield-Jackson in the Domestic Terminal atrium with a companion catalog. After the exhibit, the artwork will transition into the City’s Public Art Collection.

The Atlanta Child Murders were a series of killings committed between 1979 and 1981. At least 30 African Americans—mostly children and adolescents—were targeted.

“I want to thank Mayor Bottoms, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, The Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce, and our award-winning art program for honoring the lives that were lost during this horrific time with the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits at Hartsfield-Jackson,” said Airport General Manager Balram “B” Bheodari.

In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order to establish the Mayor’s Advisory Committee: Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce. The Taskforce, comprised of mayoral appointees from the community, was charged with determining an appropriate acknowledgment of the lives cut short during the Atlanta Child Murders. The Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits was one of two projects determined by the taskforce to acknowledge the memory of the lives lost. The second project, the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame, is currently under review and will reside on the grounds of Atlanta City Hall once complete.

The City of Atlanta thanks artist Dwayne Mitchell for sharing his artistic vision with us as we work to memorialize

the lives lost during one of the City’s darkest hours. To learn more about Dwayne Mitchell and his art, visit www.dartportraits.com.

OCA Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has been given a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support ELEVATE 2021. This project will enhance the City’s cultural offerings by providing free, quality cultural experiences that highlight what makes Atlanta unique and increasing Atlanta’s cultural and economic vitality.

The OCA’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

“The NEA’s support of our programming will help us continue to enhance the City’s cultural offerings, through ELEVATE, and help our artistic community emerge from the pandemic,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Presented annually by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in various locations around Atlanta, ELEVATE is a temporary public art program that seeks to invigorate the Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events.

Launched in 2011, the first exhibition of ELEVATE hosted 15 events and 40 performances over 66 days. Artwork filled vacant properties, street corners, and plazas to showcase artwork ranging from 13 story murals to contemporary dance, video, installation, and poetry. This intensive cultural programming invited 13,313 new visitors to downtown Atlanta. Since its inaugural year in 2011, more than 250 articles have been published recognizing Atlanta’s cultural spirit.

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

 

Pitroda Art Shines Light on Racial and Social Justice-Influenced Artworks at Atlanta City Hall

 

Pitroda Art is excited to present the second public installation of artwork by 15 artists participating in Movement: Art for Social Change. This annual juried exhibition celebrates artists as champions of positive social transformation. The featured artworks, selected by a renowned jury and responding to the theme of racial justice and equity, will be projected on the Atlanta City Hall, Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 9 PM to Midnight, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

“We are excited to bring this engaging art exhibition to Atlanta,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “This exhibition provides a great opportunity to showcase these artworks while taking a reflective look at social justice, interpreted through art.”

In addition, on May 20, Pitroda Art will launch an auction of the selected artworks in partnership with Mastercard on its Priceless.com platform. Closing on June 17, a portion of the auction’s proceeds will be donated to the National Urban League.

More than 500 entries from 175 artists in 33 countries were submitted in response to Pitroda Art’s open call in 2020. The 14 artworks, selected by jurors Aaron Bryant, Adenrele Sonariwo, Dexter Wimberly, and Nancee Lyons, represent poignant, timely interpretations of Black history, racial identity, and the current realities of the Black diaspora.

As the epicenter for the Civil Rights movement and a thriving hub of art and culture, Atlanta was chosen as one of five US cities to host this event. Pitroda Art has partnered with the City of Atlanta to bring this show to life. The projection provides emerging and mid-career artists a unique opportunity to showcase their work to the public.

The inaugural event was launched in Washington D.C on May 13. Projections onto the iconic structures of four other U.S. cities will follow: Atlanta (May 20), Los Angeles (May 27), Chicago (June 3), and New York City (June 14).

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Antoine Williams (USA), Àsìkò (UK), Heather Haynes (Canada), Kadiejra O’Neal (Barbados), Lloyd Foster (USA), Mark Wilson (USA) and Paola Zarate (USA), Nombuso Dowelani (South Africa), Paul Ogunlesi (Nigeria), Penda Diakité (USA-Mali), Rohan Patrick (USA), Segun Aiyesan (Nigeria), Tim Davis (USA), Tsoku Maela (South Africa), Winfred Nana Amoah (Ghana).

 

Pitroda Art Presents “Movement: Art for Social Change” at City Hall on May 20

On the evening of May 20, 2021, tune in for the live projection on Atlanta City Hall. Pitroda Art will unveil “Movement: Art for Social Change,” an annual juried art exhibition that celebrates artists as champions of positive social change. The artworks, dedicated to the theme of racial justice, will be projected onto the Atlanta City Hall, and auction proceeds will benefit the National Urban League.

The winning artworks, created in response to the theme of racial justice and equity, will be projected onto iconic buildings in five U.S. cities: Washington, D.C. (starting May 13), Atlanta (May 20), Los Angeles (May 27), Chicago (June 3) and New York City (June 15).

Follow Pitroda Art Gallery on social media (@pitrodaartgallery) and connect directly with them if you would like to get involved.

OCA’s Public Art Team Mends Thornton Dial’s “The Bridge” in Freedom Park

“The Bridge” by Thornton Dial after restoration

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Conservation and Maintenance Team recently visited Thornton Dial’s “The Bridge” – a commemorative found-object sculpture honoring the life and work of the late Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis. Created in 1997, the artwork was dedicated to Congressman Lewis in 2005 to represent his efforts within communities combatting gentrification and its echoing effects upon already burdened cultural lineages.

In late March 2021, the OCA’s Conservation and Maintenance personnel cleaned away any biological growth, debris, and other evidence of direct exposure to the elements on the sculpture. Various cracks and voids on the artwork were filled and repainted.

The base of the sculpture was cleaned to remove any unsightly residues and staining, thereby elevating the work once again. This piece will continue to serve as a cultural beacon, inviting visitors of Freedom Park to engage with Atlanta’s rich historical lineage.

OCA’s Conservation and Maintenance Team Restores “Ancestral Totem”

Ayokunle Odeleye’s “Ancestral Totem” before and after restoration

Even the most brilliant metal sculptures need cleaning and polishing, especially when residing outdoors. As recently illustrated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Conservation and Maintenance Team, polishing can make a huge difference.

In mid-April 2021, Conservation and Maintenance Technicians Cara Davis and Adrian Barzaga set out to restore the luster of Ayokunle Odeleye’s “Ancestral Totem”. The pair cleaned all surfaces of the sculpture, removing any residues interfering with the surface’s visibility. The technicians then applied a stainless steel polish to remove surface imperfections and reclaim the totem’s original glory. To complete the treatment, they thoroughly washed the base of the sculpture, removing any debris impeding the artwork’s message.

Since its creation in 1993, this sculpture has seen many phases of elemental wear and tear. What was once oxidized steel receding into the background now springs to the forefront of viewers’ attention, no longer hiding in shadow. The Conservation and Maintenance Team is happy to continue efforts to keep artwork like “Ancestral Totem” looking their best.

City of Atlanta Unveils New Sculpture of Congressman John Lewis

City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (center) and former Mayor Andrew Young (right) standing in front of the recently installed John Lewis statue in the new Rodney Cook, Sr. Park

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to unveil a new sculpture of the late Civil Rights leader and congressman John Lewis, commissioned and donated to the City of Atlanta by the National Monuments Foundation.

Less than a year ago, Atlanta lost a beloved leader in the Civil Rights movement to pancreatic cancer. John Lewis fought the good fight until the very end. This new statue by artist Gregory Johnson in the new Rodney Cook, Sr. Park, signifies the ongoing fight for equality and equity, despite losing such an anchoring and influential figure.

In an eye-opening era with fuller truths unraveling, many citizens remain concerned about the limited perspective in the storytelling of our nation’s history with our monuments. The John Lewis Statue is a valuable contribution toward providing a more inclusive narrative.

Located in Historic Vine City, the new Rodney Cook, Sr. Park is home to 16 acres of recreational space. Whether visitors are looking to “get in good trouble” or ingest a taste of peaceful possibilities, all are welcome to explore the new sculpture and park grounds.

OCA Celebrates New Bronze Statues with Family Members of Civil Rights Leaders

On March 3 at Mozley Park, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs celebrated the installation of four new bronze statues with the family members of Civil Rights leaders Dr. Rita Samuels, Dorothy Bolden, Rev. Hosea Williams, and W.A. Scott.

The family members were instrumental in helping the OCA and artist David Alan Clark recreate the likeness of each sculpture and honor their commitment to Civil Rights.

Family members of W.A. Scott standing from left to right: Kiawanne Scott, W.A. Scott IV, W.A. Scott VI, Nyla Scott, and Staci Walker Lynch Scott. Sitting from left to right: Brian McKissick and Alexis Scott

 

Standing from left to right are family members of Hosea Williams: Elisabeth Williams-Omilami, Evelyn Williams, Juanita Omilami-Ramey. Seated from left to right are some of Hosea Williams’ grandchildren Perpetua Ramey, Kamaya Ramey, Malachi Ramey, and his daughter Yolanda Williams-Favors.

 

Standing from left to right are family members of Dorothy Lee Bolden: Indigo Faith Kemp, Bryan R. Ingram, Ingra D’Abram Kemp, Charles D. Ingram, Abram Thompson, Jr., Altermiece Thompson-Gates, Anthony Thompson, Sr., Dorothy Thompson-Ingram, and Dennis Gates. Seated from left to right: Avon Thompson-Whitehead, Tiffany Dawn Roosevelt, and Kennedy Roosevelt

 

Standing are family members of Dr. Rita Samuels: Bryce Love, Chloe Friendly, Paris Murphy-Doctor, Stanley Samuels (husband), and Estella Jackson (sister). Seated: Ernest Slappey, Gregory Doctor, Darius Parker, Brittany Murphy, Courtney Friendly, and Deion Friendly.

OCA’s Public Art Program Seeks Proposals for Two New Art Installations in Downtown Atlanta

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) invites local metro Atlanta artists to submit proposals for two new public art installations supported by the office’s Public Art Program.

Sculptors interested in participating can submit pre-existing, three-dimensional (3D) sculptures for consideration in our Temporary Art Program. The selected artwork will reside in Hardy Ivy Park, a location in downtown Atlanta, for up to two years and contribute to downtown Atlanta’s cultural amenities. An art selection committee will assist the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program in the selection process. The selected artist will be awarded an honorarium not to exceed $3,000 paid over the two-year period while retaining ownership of the artwork.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program will manage all permitting, engineering reviews, and insurance requirements for the contracted artwork. The deadline to submit a sculpture proposal is Friday, April 30, 2021, at 5 PM EDT.

For full details, including submission requirements, click here to download the complete Request for Proposal (RFP).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TEMPORARY ART PROGRAM RFP FOR HARDY IVY PARK

In addition, local muralists, visual artists, and designers are encouraged to submit proposals for the “Beloved Community” Road Mural Project. A joint endeavor by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), the “Beloved Community” Road Mural Project seeks design proposals from local professional visual artists to create a road mural for downtown Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood.

The mural will reside on Auburn Avenue, between Jackson Street NE and Boulevard NE. Proposed designs should take into account the community’s Civil Rights legacy, leaders, and embody aspects of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beloved Community.”

There may be opportunities to incorporate two crosswalks and traffic barriers near the mural’s designated location on Auburn Avenue. ATLDOT and OCA will work with the artist(s) to modify the selected design if needed.

Please note the design(s) must not violate the standards outlined in the City of Atlanta’s Decorative Street Policy. The selected artist will be awarded $15,000 as compensation for their design and to cover the cost of material to create the mural. The deadline for interested artists to submit their proposals is Monday, April 19, 2021, at 12 PM EDT.

For full details, including submission requirements, click here to download the complete Request for Proposal.

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission for either project, please contact Briana Camelo at bxcamelo@atlantaga.gov.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “BELOVED COMMUNITY” ROAD MURAL PROJECT FOR AUBURN AVENUE

OCA Creates Self-Guided Civil Rights Public Art Tour

During Black History Month, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) curated a special selection of public artworks, inviting citizens to partake in a self-guided art tour across the heart of the city. The Civil Rights Public Art Tour showcases murals and sculptures that acknowledge and commemorate important events and unforgettable leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

The tour aspires to shine a light on the historical narrative and culture-specific to the City of Atlanta. This interactive experience includes a virtual tour guide, providing history and artist information for each unique piece.

In addition, the OCA’s Public Art Conservation and Maintenance team members Adrián Barzaga and Cara Davis visited each site to restore artwork in Atlanta’s open-air museum.

The Civil Rights Public Art Tour ushers viewers through Atlanta’s streets to historic sites and monuments celebrating pivotal moments and esteemed figureheads, immortalizing groundbreaking advancements in the ongoing fight for civil and human rights.

Interested parties can explore how Atlanta’s roots and colorful history made an impact on the world. Stay tuned for future self-guided tours from the Public Art Program.

To follow the self-guided Civil Rights Public Art Tour, click here.

Public Art Program Restores Artwork Celebrating Women of the Civil Rights Movement

“Journey to Freedom,” a mixed-media mural installation by Lynn Linnemeier, was recently restored by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance team following a fury of graffiti tags that marred the artwork.

A section of the “Journey to Freedom” installation after restoration and before treatment.

 

The Conservation and Maintenance team worked hard to restore the installation’s contrasting elements for pedestrians’ peaceful enjoyment on the trail.

Located near the Freedom Trail underpass, the Beltline adjacent installation celebrates women’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The buff-colored concrete areas and contrasting elements help the artwork stand out.

Regulars on the Freedom Trail express their thanks for the team’s efforts to remove graffiti and preserve the City’s public art.

City of Atlanta Installs New Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the installation of a new bronze sculpture of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The installation, titled “Hope Moving Forward,” is located at the intersection of Northside Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive near Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of the City’s MLK Innovation Corridor Project. The artwork is the first of seven installations commissioned to honor the legacy and global influence of the civil rights leader.

Mayor Bottoms (middle), OCA Executive Director Camille Russell Love (Far Right), and other City officials cutting the unveiling ribbon for “Hope Moving Forward” created by renowned sculptor Basil Watson.

 

“This sculpture is a fitting and timely tribute to Atlanta’s son, Dr. King,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta is the cradle of the Civil Rights movement and is the birth home and final resting place of Dr. King.  Erecting this sculpture underscores our administration’s commitment to creating my vision of One Atlanta while celebrating Dr. King’s dream of a beloved community. Both aspire to create societies based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings,” said Mayor Bottoms.  “Thank you to all who had a role in creating this tribute sure to inspire generations of Atlantans.”

Created by the internationally renowned Jamaican-born sculptor Basil Watson, the monument pays tribute to Dr. King’s walk toward peace and equality for all people. Watson’s winning sculpture proposal was selected from a national call for artists released in January 2018, by a selection committee which included representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), MARTA, and Clark Atlanta University.

“The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is commissioning world class artworks that celebrate Atlanta’s unique and impactful civil rights history, while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other local heroes hailing from the community along the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

The MLK Corridor Project, managed by the City of Atlanta’s Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), spans approximately 7.2 miles from Northside Drive to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. This project addresses vehicular, ADA and pedestrian safety concerns, while providing additional pedestrian and bicycle access through the implementation of new multi-use trails. A portion of the project, from Ollie Street to Northside Drive, is substantially complete, with the remainder of the project from Ollie Street to Fulton Industrial Boulevard to be completed by spring 2021. Work also includes a protected bike and pedestrian facility from James P. Brawley Drive to Northside Drive.

“The MLK Corridor is an outstanding representation of the complete street concept of urban infrastructure design and the City of Atlanta’s Vision Zero commitment,” said ATLDOT Commissioner Josh Rowan. “The corridor employs a variety of transportation improvements –resurfacing, restriping, signalized pedestrian crossings, bicycle lanes, medians and landscaping—to reduce accidents and improve the quality of life for area residents.”

The artwork was added to the City’s Public Art Collection on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  A celebratory event to recognize the improvements to the corridor and public art additions will be scheduled at a later date.

OCA Public Art Program Repairs Monument in Heritage Park

The “Untitled Granite Archway” in Heritage Park following emergency repairs made by the OCA’s Public Art Program in December 2020.

 

In early December, Heritage Park’s defining monument, “Untitled Granite Archway,” required emergency repairs. The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs enlisted Black Galaxy Marble and Granite to aid in reinforcing the archway’s waterproofing to prevent water and elemental debris from further damaging the structure.

The archway’s top segment was previously protected only by a temporary waterproofing barrier, which dissolved – allowing water and sediment to enter the structure’s interior. The weight of all the sediment caused sections of the stone to break.

A layer of matching granite was installed on the top of the archway as a permanent water barrier. This new granite piece will prevent water from entering the monument and keep it safe from further elemental damage.

Along with the surrounding plaza, the archway is a landmark within Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood, located at a prominent point within Heritage Park.

This monument was created in 1996 by Georgia Institute of Technology professors Stuart Romm, Frederick Pearsall, and Harris Dimitropoulos as a memorial to the founders of Summerhill.

It acts as a symbolic gateway to the community that overlooks downtown Atlanta and Georgia State Stadium, connecting onlookers to the backbone of the city. With the repairs behind it, the archway will stand firm for years to come.

 

Staff of the OCA Public Art Program and Black Galaxy Marble and Granite making repairs to the archway.

Original Artist Returns to Restore Washington Park Mural

Artist Carl Joe Williams restoring “Legends” a mural he originally created in 2003 for the the Washington Park Tennis Center.

It is always a wonderful sight when an artist can help restore their artwork and breathe life into it once again. In late November, artist returned to Atlanta to restore his mural “Legends” at the Washington Park Tennis Center.

A New Orleans native, Williams is a former student of the Atlanta College of Art, now the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His artwork bridges the space between two of the South’s most beloved cities – bringing some of Louisiana’s artistry to Atlanta’s Public Art Collection. Full of color, “Legends” features snapshots of tennis players in action and acknowledges the athletic lineage of the sport.

Originally added to the City of Atlanta Permanent Public Art Collection in 2003, “Legends” has endured almost two decades of weathering. Williams and his assistant performed an overall surface clean – including the removal of old, unstable pigments.

The duo also addressed paint failure across the mural by applying fresh paint and polishing all metal surfaces to renew their appearance. Finally, a coating of varnish was used to protect the newly restored work – enlivening the tennis center once again with bright colors and radiating energy.

Legends Before and After Restoration

 

Public Art Program Installs Three Artworks at New ZONE 3 Police Precinct

Through a partnership with The City of Atlanta’s Department of Enterprise Asset Management, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recently acquired artworks for the new Zone 3 police precinct on Metropolitan Parkway.

Exterior photo of Gregor Turk’s “Coalescence” on the south tower of of the Zone 3 Police Precinct on Metropolitan Parkway

Through a partnership with The City of Atlanta’s Department of Enterprise Asset Management, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recently acquired artworks for the new Zone 3 police precinct on Metropolitan Parkway.

The three artworks were recently installed in the new, nearly 20,000 square foot police precinct and were created by local artists Gregor Turk, Fred Ajanogha, Marianne Weinberg-Benson, and D’Andre Brooks. The artworks were selected by a panel of community members, arts administrators, and APD representatives. 

Turk’s installation, “Coalescence,” is a semi-transparent window installation designed with abstracted historical photographs of the community. Ajanogha’s “Unity” is a relief sculpture inspired by the Atlanta Police Department’s community plans. “Solidarity in Solitude,” created by creative duo Marianne Weinberg-Benson and D’Andre Brooks, is a three-dimensional, mix-media mural comprised of multiple elements, including paint and community photographs.

“Unity” created by Fred Ajanogha

 

“Solidarity in Solitude” created by Marianne Weinberg-Benson and D’Andre Brooks

OCA Launches First-Ever Virtual Exhibition with Sara Hornbacher’s “PRECESSION OF THE SIMULACRA”

Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to share Sara Hornbacher’s “The Final Flag,” an excerpt from “PRECESSION OF THE SIMULACRA,” in our first-ever virtual exhibition.

Premiering digitally on the OCA’s Facebook page on Monday, November 2 at 3 PM, the virtual and social-distanced installation features remixed video work created by pioneering video artist Sara Hornbacher. The exhibition will also be on view at Gallery 72 (72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA) through the exterior gallery window from Monday, November 2, 2020, to Wednesday, January 21, 2021.

Created in 1988, the excerpt is the final leg of a 22-minute video responding to attempts to abridge artistic or political use of the American Flag.

The Flag Finale represents the third order of the simulacra, where reality is immediately contaminated by the simulacrum. The stabilized form of the code is corrupted and separated.

At this stage of representation, the conventions of individuality and community are experienced as by-products of ‘memory’ (both human and technological), as the socializing power shapes the immediate sense of self within the techo-luminous spectacle.

The soundtrack, composed by the artist in collaboration with Brooks Williams at Harmonic Ranch, builds to a telemetric electro-frenzy, incorporating fragmented melodic strains of American patriotic songs along with Shelley Hirsch’s near-hysterical vocals as the image of the flag ‘whites out.’

To experience this virtual exhibition, watch the video below.

Chastain Instructors Create Tiny Park for all to Enjoy

In October, Chastain Arts Center teaching artists Iris Eve Schaer, Jessica Locklar, and Georgia Nagle created a miniature garden for the Tiny Little Parks along Buckhead’s PATH400 experience.

A partnership between Livable Buckhead and Tiny Doors ATL artists, the project re-invented the annual PARK(ing) Day hosted along PATH400 into an outdoor event that adorned the path with miniature green spaces from October 16 to 18.

The event’s goal was to demonstrate the value of increasing green space in our community by showing the impact of community art and the value of parks – no matter how small.

The three Chastain instructors collaborated to make a “Tiny Chastain Sculpture Garden” sponsored by the arts center. The miniature sculpture garden also featured recycled elements and found items to add p
ersonality to the tiny green space.

OCA’s Public Art Program Restores Artwork in West End Park

Before and After Restoration

In the southeast corner of Atlanta’s West End Park stands a lofty steel sculpture, which remained, until recently, weathered and anonymous.

Its colors long since faded due to year’s of weathering, this sculpture was fabricated in 1979 for the City of Atlanta, and it was de-accessioned from the City’s Public Art Collection during the 1990s.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recently restored and reinstituted this piece into the City’s Public Art Collection once again, in congruence with this year’s ELEVATE festival, highlighting public art within Atlanta’s West End neighborhood. This restored artwork was included in a walking art tour developed for this year’s ELEVATE.

The 24-foot-tall sculpture suffered severe paint flaking and cracking along the main structure while the upper cable wire began to break and rust away. The sculpture’s restoration was performed in early October by Jeffry Loy, a local artist, blacksmith, and art conservator. Jeffry removed the preexisting paint and repaired the mechanism. He also primed and painted the sculpture with fresh color, renewing the sculpture’s appearance with an effect that ripples out to the entirety of West End Park and the surrounding neighborhood.

Public Art Program Restores West End Historic Walk for ELEVATE

Volunteers Help Restore Journey to Freedom

before // after volunteer‐performed graffiti removal

Thanks to the watchful eyes and commitment of volunteer Alexander Parker one of our most beloved murals, “Journey to Freedom”, recently underwent treatment.

Located at the Freedom Trail underpass, “Journey to Freedom” is a mixed media mural installation that celebrates the contribution of women to the Civil Rights Movement.

The area is a particularly vulnerable target for tagging. However, thanks to Parker’s vigilance the mural has been restored to its former glory. A nearby resident, Parker frequents the path and has noticed the repeated tagging of the public art installation. In support of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Conservation Team, Parker began volunteering his time to help watch for new graffiti tags and help cover up graffiti on certain, specified areas of the mural.

Parker, who is often accompanied by his wife, Jill Savitt, the President and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, volunteered to help keep the neighborhood looking beautiful for all residents and visitors, stating, “Where you walk is as much a part of your home as your actual home.”

Alexander Parker and his Wife Jill Savitt

When asked what he likes most about participating as a volunteer, Alexander commented, “I like doing something in my own community, plain and simple. It’s also nice when people out of the blue thank me for what I am doing!”

Even in light of recent events, the OCA continues to discourage graffiti and preserve public works of art. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to have volunteers like Parker support our efforts to protect these cultural beacons during such harrowing times.

OCA Seeks Muralists for Dual Social Justice Inspired Murals for ELEVATE 2020 [CLOSED]

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is currently seeking two muralists for the 2020 ELEVATE Public Art Festival. Each muralist will be responsible for one of two murals that will adorn the Goodwill Industries building at 888 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

Photo by Alex Duffy on Unsplash

Experienced local muralists are invited to submit mural proposals, qualifications, and budget breakdowns until 4 PM EDT, Friday, August 21, 2020. Each selected artist will receive $7,000 for their work and an additional $1,300 for materials and expenses.

Tentatively titled “Unsung Heroines of the West End”, the first mural’s design should highlight women activists and unsung heroines whose work and sacrifice positively impacted the lives of residents in the West End community and beyond.

The second mural’s design should focus on a social justice narrative and feature Rev. James Edward Orange. Rev. Orange was a pastor and a leading civil rights activist, who also assisted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.

Artists are allowed to submit multiple proposals for the project. However, design proposals for both murals must align with our curatorial direction. For full details, download and review our Request for Proposals (RFP) for each project linked below.

ELEVATE 2020 – Unsung Heroines of the West End Mural RFP

ELEVATE 2020 – Social Justice Mural with Community Component RFP

Muralists who apply for either project should have extensive experience working with communities and painting large walls. The walls designated for each mural measure roughly 20 feet in height by 100 feet in width. Each artist will be responsible for applying a protective clear coat over their respective murals. Also, each artist should account for the cost of all materials, and any assistants needed to complete the mural in their respective budget projections.

If you have additional questions, please email, Emily Fisher, ELEVATE Outreach Specialist, at EAFisher@AtlantaGA.gov.

Artist Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability will be considered.

Artist Proposal Submission Requirements

Please send your proposals in a single PDF to EAFisher@atlantaga.gov by 4 PM EDT Friday, August 21, 2020.

Proposals received after the deadline of Friday, August 21 at 4 pm EDT, will NOT be accepted.

Qualifications will be reviewed by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs beginning August 22, 2020.

Public Art Program Completes Multi-Year Restoration of Fork Art Park

“Guitar Girls” by James Harold Jennings before and after restoration.

In June, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program finished its multi-year restoration of Folk Art Park, a vibrant homage to southern folk artists.

Opened prior to Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Fork Art Park gradually succumbed to two decades of weathering.

Partnering with the Georgia Department of Transport, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the Community Foundation, and Renew Atlanta, the Public Art Program’s Conservation and Maintenance Team has worked to restore the site’s original polish.

Since the initial phase of the restoration, each piece in the collection has undergone extensive restoration in order to revive the voices and visions of these works of art amidst the bustling activity of urban life.

Adorned by the windmill-inspired artwork of Vollis Simpson and James Harold Jennings, the southwest corner of the Ralph McGill Boulevard and Courtland Avenue intersection was the final phase of the restoration. In July 2019, local artist and art restorer Jeffry Loy, and his team, dismantled Vollis Simpson’s four “Windmills” and spent the next six months working with art re-finisher Jan Riley to restore each installation off-site. The four windmills were then reinstalled at the intersection in December of that year.

Shortly afterward, Loy and his team disassembled the final piece in the restoration, James Harold Jennings’ “Guitar Girls” and its accompanying archway, in February 2020.

Loy and Riley again worked together to restore each artwork and finish the restoration. Following the four-month restoration process, the artworks were re-installed in June 2020.

 

Vollis Simpson’s “Windmills” before and after restoration.

 

“Star Wheel with Guitar Girls” Windmill by James Harold Jennings after restoration.

 

Public Art Program Restores Mural Dedicated to Civil Rights Icons

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program recently restored a mural dedicated to the City’s five Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, Reverend C. T. Vivian, Congressman John Lewis, Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Atlanta Braves legend, Henry “Hank” Aaron.

Located on 2265 Cascade Road SW, the wheat paste mural was originally installed in 2018 in Atlanta’s Cascade Heights community during ELEVATE, the OCA’s annual public art festival.

Like many of you, the City of Atlanta and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs are saddened by the passing of Representative Lewis and Reverend Vivian, two Civil Rights icons whose contributions to the fight for justice and equality are immeasurable.

Through the work of our office, we will continue to preserve and amplify the stories and work Rep. Lewis and Rev. Vivian gave to our culture through their tireless commitment to social justice and equality.

Public Art Program Seeks Local Artists for New Mural Projects [CLOSED]

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program seeks proposals from local visual artists to create artistic murals that will adorn new City Offices at 160 Trinity Ave. SW

The goal of this project is to showcase the artworks of the City of Atlanta’s creative community while enhancing the exterior of the 160 Trinity building. Each selected artist will receive monetary compensation between $4,000 and $15,000 depending on which project they are awarded. Interested artists can submit more than one proposal and can apply to more than one project.

To be eligible for these projects, you must be a local artist based in the Atlanta metro area with experience in mural arts, graphic design, and painting. Artists are not required to have a public art background but it is strongly encouraged.

Follow the links below to learn more about each RFP, including details about financial compensation, project requirements, building photos, and selection criteria.

Request for Proposals – 160 Trinity Entryway Mural

Request for Proposals – 160 Trinity Linear, Lower Level Footwall Mural

Request for Proposals – 160 Trinity Roll Down Gate Mural

Please completely review the RFP for the project you are interested in and follow the application instructions outline in each RFP. The OCA will not consider any proposals that do not meet the proper application format.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal must submit the required application materials as a single PDF file to publicartatlantaGa@atlantaga.gov by 5 pm, Monday, August 3. Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email publicartatlantaGa@atlantaga.gov.

 

Required RFP Application Materials:

On one-page using font no smaller than 12pt, compose a “Statement of Interest” explaining the conceptual approach of the project and how the project will contribute to your existing body of work.

Your proposed design on the supplied template (included in the RFP)

A one-page resumé that outlines your professional accomplishments and includes your address, phone number, email. Also, share the names and contact information (phone number and email) for three (3) professional references.

Submit four (4) images of previously completed artistic work for review that includes the title of the artwork, location, date completed, medium (i.e. paint, clay, mix media, etc.), brief description of the project, and budget (if applicable).

“Birth of Atlanta” Rises Again in Westside Park

After restoration and relocation, funded by Renew Atlanta, Birth of Atlanta is now on view at Westside Park. The sculpture was originally located above Heritage Row in Underground Atlanta, at the intersection of Central Avenue and Alabama Street.

Lord Aeck Sargent, an architectural design firm specializing in responsive design, was commissioned to create the artwork and worked with prominent artist and architect Amy Landesberg who designed “Birth of Atlanta”. The Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA) commissioned the monument to commemorate the Centennial Olympic Games hosted in Atlanta in 1996.

Measuring at 32 feet wide by 45 feet tall, the steel structure consists of seven pairs of perforated metal “feathers and wings” outstretched, as if in flight. Its design makes an abstract reference to the Phoenix, a bird from Greek mythology that emerged victoriously from the ashes of its funeral pyre. This Phoenix personifies Atlanta’s recovery following the destruction caused by the Civil War.

In 2016, the sculpture was de-installed and disassembled for restoration and stored until its new home was ready in Westside Park.
Southern Valve and Metal, the firm that originally installed the artwork, handled the relocation, re-assembly, and installation of the artwork with oversight from the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Program.

The City of Atlanta – Department of Parks and Recreation funded and managed the construction of an elevated platform to hold the artwork in Westside Park where it now resides. The restored sculpture serves as the centerpiece of the initial opening phase of the park.

OCA’s Conservation Team Restores ELEVATE Mural

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Team recently restored a mural at Atlanta’s Pittsburgh community. Located on 1029 McDaniel Street, the mural was created by Charity Hamidulah during our annual ELEVATE Public Art Festival in 2019.

Children in the Pittsburgh neighborhood were used as references for the mural. The piece evokes a sense of global awareness, acknowledging children as an important part of the future of our world and giving them a chance to feel seen and involved.

The OCA strives to engage small, emerging communities through ELEVATE, in order to make a sustainable impact with art and culture. Addressing the graffiti on this mural communicates the City’s continued investment in the neighborhood and while celebrating cultural and artistic expression.

OCA’s Conservation and Maintenance Team Restores Complementary Murals

Gary Flesher’s “Evolution” (circa 1993) after undergoing restoration.

Recently, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) restored two allied murals beneath the Beltline overpass at Ponce City Market. A vulnerable location for graffiti, the OCA keeps an eye out to preserve the integrity of these stunning mosaic works.

As complementary works, “Our City” by Mahdi Fakhreddin and “Evolution” by Gary Flesher uses similar themes to speak about the ever-evolving nature of cultural identity, and the concept of achieving feelings of freedom as a lone statistic within a complex urban environment.

Walls surrounding Flesher’s “Evolution” and Mahdi Fakhreddin “Our City” before graffiti removal.

Countering vandalism is one way the office evolves alongside the inhabitants of our city. In March 2020, the Conservation and Maintenance team started removing graffiti near the dual artworks by pressure washing the surrounding surfaces, removing debris, and preparing for the next round of treatment.

The following week, the team performed extensive graffiti removal from the walls surrounding each mural, and even on the signage. With restoration completed, these beautiful mosaic murals return to center stage while the walls receded to the background once again.

Chastain Arts Center Launches #ChastainStaysCreative Initiative

Last month, the Chastain Arts Center introduced #ChastainStaysCreative on all social media platforms. This video-based initiative is a wonderful opportunity for artists at our center to share their creative routines with a larger audience. The videos provide a source of encouragement and inspiration during these challenging times.

In addition to our instructors’ videos, we would also like to encourage Chastain students to submit creative content to be shared online, via your preferred social media platform.

If you would like to participate, feel free to submit images of your work in a small JPG or PDF file, along with a brief general statement about your creative routine. All submissions should be sent to kmckinney@atlantaga.gov for consideration.

There are no restrictions on the type of work you can submit. We are simply looking for thoughtful and uplifting forms of creativity, to be shared with the public.

If you have any questions about the #ChastainStaysCreative initiative, do not hesitate to reach out via email, at chastainarts@atlantaga.gov.

We hope that you will join us as we continue to move forward by staying motivated and inspired in all creative endeavors.

OCA’s Conservation and Maintenance Team Restores Quilt Traditions

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ recently restored the internationally renowned artwork called “Quilt Traditions” or as it is commonly referred to in the City’s skateboarding community “Black Blocks”.

Located on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Baker Street, this collaborative piece, designed by a collective of female artists, is one of the City’s most dynamic public artworks. Each artist designed a different geometric pattern for the eight-pointed sunshade structure, which creates shifting shadow patterns on the concrete that corresponds with the movement of the sun.

As of April 6, previously removed skate deterrents were replaced to discourage rough treatment of the structures and to protect the integrity of the artwork. Graffiti markings were removed and the installation cleaned to restore the high-contrast nature of the work for the enjoyment of commuters and pedestrians alike.

The site receives regular treatment to honor the artists’ original intent. Special thanks to the Atlanta Public Space Team for their assistance with graffiti removal from the site. With this sort of community support, it allows us to maximize our resources and provide care to all our cultural beacons.

Folk Art Park Restoration Nears Completion

In February, “Guitar Girls” and the artwork’s companion archway, titled “Windmills”, were uninstalled to undergo a complete restoration. The posts of the archway remain in place and will be treated on-site.

Developed to pay homage to the south’s deep folk art traditions, Folk Art Park opened prior to Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. However, the vibrant multi-piece installation has gradually succumbed to weather damage sustained over the past two decades.

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and the Community Foundation, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Team has performed extensive restorations to preserve these artistic voices and folk visions amidst Atlanta’s bustling urban life.

“Guitar Girls” and “Windmills” at the the southwest intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Courtland Avenue are the last pieces in the restoration.

Funded by Renew Atlanta’s TSPLOST Landmark Art Program, local artist and art restorer, Jeffry Loy, managed the removal of the two artworks. Loy is also working with art re-finisher, Jan Riley, of Riley Creative Solutions, to fully restore these kinetic masterpieces.

Soon these components will be reinstalled, and the vibrancy of all works within Folk Art Park will hearken back to their original glory.

How the City of Atlanta is supporting Atlanta’s Art Community during Economic Challenges as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs we would like to share what the City of Atlanta is doing to support Atlanta’s non-profit arts sector and artists during this trying time.

In a national survey by Americans for the Arts, 91% of responding arts organizations indicated that they have cancelled one or more events. Many arts organizations have closed their doors for months to come. More than one-third of respondents expect to make reductions in staff; 26% have already reduced their creative workforce.

Similarly, Atlanta’s non-profit arts organizations are economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support the non-profit arts sector at this vital time, the City of Atlanta through the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is committed to the following:

Public Art Commissions

We hope these efforts will provide some financial relief and comfort to the City’s art & culture ambassadors.

The Mayor’s Gallery Showcases the Vibrant Art of Melissa Mitchell

Opening on February 21 at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, “Views From My Kaleidoscope: Volume II” is the sequel to artist Melissa A. Mitchell’s original compilation of quotes, mantras, and beliefs that fuel her art, spirit and optimistic outlook.

A self-taught artist, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Mitchell was born and raised in Miami, where her love for the vibrant colors, unique shapes, and bold dark lines that adorn her artwork took root. She attributes her artistic aesthetic to her music-filled and vibrant Bahamian heritage and upbringing.

In 2014, she founded Abeille Creations and began her journey in the world of abstract art. Since then, Mitchell has gone on to create more than 500 original artworks and 40 large-scale murals. She has also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Vogue, ESSENCE, SHEEN Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine and The Huffington Post.

Most notably, she is known for turning her lively artwork into textiles, specifically head wraps named after influential women in her life. Her head wraps have been seen on the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Amara La Negra, Yandy Smith, Karen Civil, Rebecca Gross and more. She is also the author of a coffee table book, “Views from My Kaleidoscope”.

Her unique artistry has made her a highly sought-after creative, who has worked with major brands for exclusive collaborations and commissioned artwork. She was a featured artist for Champs Sports and Nike’s “Ill-ustrated” sneaker exhibition during Miami Art Basel, Jack Daniel’s Art, Beats and Lyrics showcase and ESSENCE’s “My City, 4 Ways” tour stop in Atlanta.

The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall is a municipal gallery operated by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the works of accomplished Atlanta-based artists who have yet to garner gallery representation or receive major recognition for their artwork.

The Mayor’s Gallery resides on the second floor of City Hall near the entrance of the Mayor’s Executive Suite. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Gallery 72 Opens Exhibition Celebrating Southwest Atlanta Photographer

A portrait of the former City of Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and his family from the collection of Thomas Dorsey.

Revered local photographer Thomas Dorsey has spent more than 30 years capturing the family portraits of Southwest Atlanta’s residents.

In “Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness II”, hosted at Gallery 72 from Monday, Feb. 10 to Friday, April 3, 2020, we explore Dorsey’s long career as a portrait photographer through select images that highlight the rich history and tight-knit families of Southwest Atlanta.

Dorsey made a name for himself, first in Chicago and then in Atlanta, with his authentic and loving family portraits. Dorsey’s images not only capture moments in time but the pride and love that bonds families together.

The exhibition showcases families of Southwest Atlanta taken between 1978 and 2002 and will feature photos from families including the Youngs, Vivians, Spriggs, Hills, Aarons, Arringtons and more.

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, for the opening reception at Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Gallery 72 is a municipal gallery operated by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The gallery is dedicated to presenting stimulating and thought-provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s arts offerings.

Gallery 72 is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

OCA Seeks Artist to Design Official Artwork for the 2020 Atlanta Jazz Festival

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking an exceptional artist to create the official artwork for our 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which will adorn the marketing collateral and festival merchandise for this year’s festival.

The selected artist will receive $1,000 for their work and a complimentary vending booth to use during the festival. The deadline to submit your proposed artwork is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, by 5 pm.

Artists are encouraged to create an unique and visually expressive design that evokes the storied and beautiful legacy of jazz music. For full details, review the request for proposals (RFP) linked below.

For questions regarding the call, contact Kevin Sipp at KSipp@AtlantaGA.gov.

Click Here for the Atlanta Jazz Festival Artwork RFP

Submissions received after this deadline and those found to be incomplete will not be reviewed.

Proposals will be reviewed by our office, and the selected artist will be notified on February 14, 2020.

City of Atlanta Hosts Reception for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Project

Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits from ATL26 on Vimeo
On Thursday, Jan. 16, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce hosted an opening reception for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits gallery exhibition at City Hall.

On display until February 6, 2020, in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, the curated exhibition showcases artworks from the more than 100 submissions by Atlanta-area visual artists for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits Artist Call released in November 2019.

In addition, Dwayne Mitchell was announced as the commissioned artist for the project during the reception. Mitchell will create portraits memorializing the 27-plus victims of the Atlanta Child Murders. Once completed, the portraits will be displayed in the Atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport from May 28 to July 22, 2020.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in remembering the lives lost during this tragic time in our City’s history and helped celebrate the talent and passion of the amazing artists who participated in this call.

Watch the video below to see the digital gallery highlighting some of the portraits of Clifford Jones submitted for the project.

Mayor Bottoms, OCA Hosts Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits Gallery Exhibition at City Hall

Portrait of Clifford Jones by artist Dwayne Mitchell, one of a series of portraits that will be apart of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits collection.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce invites you to the opening reception for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits gallery exhibition at City Hall, Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

The curated gallery exhibition will showcase select artworks from the more than 100 submissions shared by Atlanta visual artists for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits RFP.

This exhibition will be hosted in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall from January 16 to February 6, 2020.  In addition, the winning portrait artist, Dwayne Mitchell, will be introduced. His portraits memorializing victims of the Atlanta Child Murders will be displayed in the Atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport from May 28 to July 22, 2020.

In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Administrative Order to establish the “Mayor’s Advisory Committee: Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce”. The Task Force—comprised of mayoral appointees from the community—was charged with determining an appropriate acknowledgment of the lives cut short during the Atlanta Child Murders.

The Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits was one of two projects determined by the Task Force to acknowledge the memory of the lives lost. The second project, the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame, is currently under review and will be installed on the grounds of Atlanta City Hall.

Email publicartatlantaga@atlantaga.gov to RSVP and attend this event.

OCA Seeks 20 Artists for New Bike Rack Public Art Collection

Mural Bike Rack by KingPig , 2016, Little 5 Points

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Public Art Program seeks proposals from local visual artists to adorn 20 metal bike racks with original painted artwork for the City’s Mural Bike Rack Project by Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

Twenty artists will be selected to paint mural bike racks that will reside along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor, between Northside Drive and I-285.

Selected artists will receive an artist fee of $800 for their work. In addition to the $800 award, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will provide protective breathing equipment (respirators) and will purchase oil enamel paints (up to $150) for each artist to use. Artists will be required to provide their own preferred paint application tools (sprayers, brushes, or other devices) to complete the project.

Artists interested in this opportunity should review the full Request for Proposals (RFP) linked here and submit their information as a single PDF to PublicArtAtlantaGa@AtlantaGA.gov with the subject line [YOUR NAME HERE]: Mural Bike Rack MLK by 4 pm on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Download the full Request for Proposals Here

Application materials required to be considered for this opportunity include the following:

1.) A one-page statement of interest using font no smaller than 12pt. Your statement of interest should explain the conceptual approach of the project and how the project will contribute to your existing body of work.

2.) Bike Rack design on the supplied template (included in full RFP).

3.) A one-page résumé with your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address that outlines your professional accomplishments (maximum one page per person). Also, include three (3) professional references (name, affiliated organization, email address and phone number).

4.) List of works submitted for review that includes title, location, date completed/performed, media, brief description of the project/conceptual information, and budget (if applicable).

5.) Past Work Samples. Submit images of past work (A maximum of four (4) image).

6.) One Shot Lettering Enamel supply list (included in full RFP) with colors and sizes (cost o supplies should not exceed $150).

7.) We strongly recommend that interested artists register as a Vendor with the City of Atlanta prior to submitting a proposal. Register as a “Spend Authorized Supplier” for the City of Atlanta. Click here to register online anytime. Note: It is the sole responsibility of each respondent to ensure all business information is correct and current in the City of Atlanta online portal.

8.) With your quote submission please submit, please include a signed and notarized E-Verify contractor affidavit (the IIREA form attached to the Request for Quote or an E-Verify memo if respondent is an individual with no employees), and a copy of a government issued ID for the individual that signs the affidavit on behalf of the organization.

 

Download the full Request for Proposals Here

Chastain to Open Dual Exhibition on January 31

Gallery 72 Hosts Artist Talk Celebrating Latinx Artists in Atlanta

Join us at Gallery 72 on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 pm, for “Latinx Voices in Atlanta’s Contemporary Art Scene: A Conversation with Contrapunto”.

In this artist talk, artists Pedro Fuertes (Peru), Jorge Arcos (Mexico), Graciela Nunes-Bedoya (Peru), Dora Lopez (Peru), Catalina Gomez (Colombia), and Carlos Solis (Venezuela), collectively known as Contrapunto, will explore the contributions of Latin artists in Atlanta.

The collective will also share insights and their inspiration behind their current exhibition at Gallery 72 “Contrapunto: A Latinx Visual Artists Collective in Metro Atlanta”, which will be on display until Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Public Art Program Enters Final Phase of Fork Art Park Restoration

 

On December 11, OCA’s Public Art team re-installed the newly restored, multi-piece installation “Whirlygigs” by artist Vollis Simpson.

“Whirlygigs” is the most recent artwork in Fork Art Park to receive restoration thanks to funding provided by Renew Atlanta’s TSPLOST Landmark Art Program.

Restoration of the 23-year-old artwork started back in July 2019, when local art conservator Jeffry Loy, and his team, were hired to dismantle and restore the artwork at an off-site location.

Created in 1996 in celebration of the Centennial Olympic Games, Folk Art Park pays homage to southern folk artists’ techniques and traditions.

In the coming weeks, the “Star Wheel with Guitar Girls” Windmill by James Jennings will undergo restoration, completing the Fork Art Park restoration project.

Watch the video below or the follow the link here to see how the crew tackled the project.

City of Atlanta, Councilmember Brown Seek Creative Talent for Mural Project

The City of Atlanta and Councilmember Antonio Brown are currently seeking local artists to assist with painting a mural on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. Interested artists are invited to submit qualifications by Friday, Dec. 20 at 4 PM EST.

Artist Joseph McKinney is looking for 10 experienced artist assistants to help complete a 22’ H x 130’ L mural along the thoroughfare within a tight timeline.

Applicants with mural painting experience are preferred; however, all candidates will be considered. Aerial work, platform, and scaffold experience is also a plus.

Initial mural preparation will begin before artist assistants start work on Thursday, Dec. 26. Selected assistants will help fill in mural outlines with select colors and support other creative tasks as assigned.

Artists interested in this opportunity must email a one-page resume, three images of previous mural work, and three references as a single PDF document to blackmindcreative@gmail.com.

The email subject line should read: [Insert Your Name Here]: District 3 Community Mural.

For full details, review the request for qualifications linked below.

District 3 Community Mural RFQ

OCA Invites Creatives to Submit Qualifications for the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame Project

 

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) invites architects, visual artists, and designers to submit qualifications for the design and installation of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame to memorialize the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders. The monument will be located on the grounds of Atlanta City Hall.

Interested artists are invited to submit their digital portfolio (as one PDF document), resume, and statement of intent for review and consideration to OCA Public Art Program Manager Robert Witherspoon ,via email, at rwitherspoon@atlantaga.gov.

The deadline to submit the requested information for this call is Monday, December 16 at 11:59 pm. The selected artist or team of artists will receive $200,000 for their work.

This is an open call to both local and national design teams and individual artists. Additionally, all artists in the City of Atlanta Artists Registry, which includes both local and nationally recognized artists, are eligible to pursue this call. All qualifying applicants, regardless of race, gender, orientation, religion, nationality, origin, or disability will be considered.

For more details, please review the full Request for Proposals, linked below.

 

Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame Monument RFP

 

Submission Guidelines:

Artists who wish to submit proposals must send a complete digital portfolio (as one PDF document), resume, and statement of intent to Robert Witherspoon, via email, at rwitherspoon@atlantaga.gov, with the subject line:

 

ATLANTA CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL ETERNAL FLAME MONUMENT – [YOUR NAME HERE]

 

Artists interested in pursuing this call must submit their digital portfolio, resume, and statement of intent for review and consideration no later than Monday, December 16 at 11:59 pm. Proposals received after December 16 will not be considered.

 

Selection Criteria:

All applicants will be evaluated through a competitive process based on the following criteria:

 

Upon review of all submissions, three (3) finalists will be selected to develop and present a final proposal. Each of the three finalist will receive $1,000 to develop a mock-up of their final proposal over a six week period.

 

Project Background:

The Atlanta Child Murders were a series of killings committed between 1979 and 1981. At least 30 people, all African American, and mostly children and adolescents, were targeted. The legacy of Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children profoundly impacted a generation of Atlanta’s youth.

In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order to establish the “Mayor’s Advisory Committee: Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce”. The taskforce, comprised of mayoral appointees from the community, is charged with determining an appropriate acknowledgment of the lives cut short during the Atlanta Child Murders.

“It is important for Atlanta to acknowledge the innocent lives lost during one of our City’s darkest hours,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This taskforce will determine a lasting and appropriate tribute for the victims and their families, and serve as a testament that those lives mattered. That African American lives matter.”

The Atlanta Children’s Memorial Eternal Flame monument will reside on the grounds of Atlanta City Hall and stand as a constant reminder of the lives we lost during this difficult time in our city’s history.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring this installation, which will join the City of Atlanta’s Public Art Collection upon completion.

Public Art Program Recaps the 2019 National Creative Placemaking Leadership Conference

Members of our Public Art Program attended the 2019 National Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual summit brought together, grantmakers, artists, arts administrators, policymakers, urban designers, and planners for a dialog about the different questions and success stories around creative placemaking.

Conference presenters included both non-profit organizations and local government agencies looking for creative, engaging solutions to local challenges. Higher education researchers and economic developers also shared meaningful dialog about the design of a neighborhood and how the impact of where you live has on your health and safety.

Presentations from local, Indigenous female artists also set the tone regarding the intentional creation of space and using cultural identity as the foundation for developing these specialized places.

Not only did the conference highlight urban projects and programming, but it also recognized the rise in placemaking initiatives in suburban and rural areas of the country. In these areas, creative placemakers identified community assets, such as businesses, infrastructure, and anything that can support and drive a community forward.

In all, the conference demonstrated how collective partnerships between non-profits and local government agencies can work together to enrich cities and their artistic communities to help address challenges around affordable housing for artists, grants for entrepreneurs, exposure for small business owners, and residents who live and work in these spaces.

Gallery 72 Hosts Exhibition Showcasing Atlanta’s Latin Artists

Artwork by Carlos Solis “Negro Primero” -Oil Painting on Canvas 30×26 (2011)

Started in 2008, Contrapunto was created to address the lack of a Latin presence in Atlanta’s arts community at the time.

Hailing from various Latin American countries, the collective of artists strive to showcase Latin culture, folklore, and history through their artistic works.

In “Contrapunto: A Latinx Visual Artists Collective in Metro Atlanta”, exhibiting in Gallery 72 from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Wednesday, Feb. 5, artists Pedro Fuertes (Peru), Jorge Arcos (Mexico), Graciela Nunes-Bedoya (Peru), Dora Lopez (Peru), Catalina Gomez (Colombia), and Carlos Solis (Venezuela) showcase their art while building awareness of the artistic contributions of Latin artists.

Having already shared their works in multiple cultural institutions across the United States, Contrapunto hopes the exhibition helps exchange ideas and points of view across our society to those who still do not have a full understanding of Latin artistry.

In describing the collaborative nature of the group, member Carlos Solis states, “The best way to describe our collective is that we have connected and worked together harmoniously in a supportive and uplifting way, hence our name ‘Contrapunto’.”

In music, Contrapunto, which in English translates to the musical term Counterpoint, is the technique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality.

Much like the musical term that inspired its name, Contrapunto recognizes that it is important to work with other people in harmony to make the presence of Latin American artists, both individually and as a community, stronger and more recognizable.

Gallery 72 at 2 City Plaza, a municipal gallery operated by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to presenting stimulating and thought-provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s arts offerings.

Gallery 72 is located at 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 and is open Monday through Friday from 10 am until 5 pm.

Chastain’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale Enters Final Weeks

The Chastain Arts Center’s annual Holiday Show and Sale exhibition is entering its final weeks.

If you have not yet visited the exhibition, you still have two weeks to experience the show and sale for yourself before it closes on Saturday, December 14!

Also, for the duration of the sale, Chastain will offer guests a special weekly promotion. Upcoming holiday promotions include a free Chastain Arts Center T-Shirt with any purchase and a free mug from the Chastain Gift Shop.

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support you have shared during this year’s Holiday Show and Sale Exhibition! Make sure to visit Chastain’s Facebook Events page or watch our Instagram stories for all promotional updates!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 404-252-2927.

OCA Seeks Artists for Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children Exhibition

 

 

The City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking an artist to create 30 color drawings or paintings for an exhibition dedicated to the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders.

All metro-Atlanta artists living in Fulton and Dekalb County are welcome to apply. Interested artists should review the full Request for Proposals (RFP), linked here.

In addition, artists pursuing this opportunity must submit a digital portfolio and a single drawing of one of the victims, Clifford Jones (photo linked here), to the information below.

The deadline to submit your digital portfolio and original artwork for the project is Friday, November 22 at 11:59 pm. The selected artist will receive $18,000 for their work.

 

Submission Guidelines:

Artists who wish to submit proposals must send a complete digital portfolio, as one (1) PDF document, to Robert Witherspoon via email at rwitherspoon@atlantaga.gov, with the subject line:

ATLANTA MISSING CHILDREN PORTRAIT COMMISSION – [YOUR NAME HERE]

Also, artists must mail their submission of the Clifford Jones portrait in a self-addressed, postage paid, envelope to the address below. The portrait should measure no smaller than 16 inches by 20 inches in size.

 

Attn: Robert Witherspoon
Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30303

 

Selection Criteria:

Artwork will be selected through a competitive process with an Artist Selection Panel based on the following criteria:

 

Project Background:

The Atlanta Child Murders were a series of killings committed between 1979 and 1981. At least 30 people, all African American, and mostly children and adolescents, were targeted. The legacy of Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children profoundly impacted a generation of Atlanta’s youth.

In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order to establish the “Mayor’s Advisory Committee: Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce”. The taskforce, comprised of mayoral appointees from the community, is charged with determining an appropriate acknowledgment of the lives cut short during the Atlanta Child Murders.

“It is important for Atlanta to acknowledge the innocent lives lost during one of our City’s darkest hours,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This taskforce will determine a lasting and appropriate tribute for the victims and their families, and serve as a testament that those lives mattered. That African American lives matter.”

The Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children’s Memorial Portraits will be displayed at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the main atrium. Along with the exhibition of these 30 framed portraits, the City plans to publish a catalog of the images with commentary and remembrances memorializing the victims.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring this installation, which will join the City of Atlanta’s Public Art Collection after the airport exhibition.

Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children Drawings in Memorial Project RFP

Photo of Clifford Jones

OCA’s Public Art Team Repairs Summerhill Memorial

The “Heritage Park Memorial” Repair from Start(Left) to Finish(Right).

 

The City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ (OCA) Conservation and Maintenance Team recently repaired a damaged section of granite on the “Heritage Park Memorial”.

Created in 1996 by Georgia Institute of Technology architecture professors Stuart Romm, Frederick Pearsall, and Harris Dimitropoulos, the installation is located on a prominent point within Heritage Park in Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood. The archway, and its adjacent plaza, overlooks downtown Atlanta and Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and serves as a monument to Summerhill’s founders and a gateway to the community.

Since its installation, years of erosion have deteriorated the artwork’s waterproofing along the top of the archway. The 20-plus years of sediment and debris buildup, along with pressure and temperature changes, caused the bottom, right granite tile to break.

Shannon Douglas Kimbro, OCA’s Conservation and Maintenance Manager, with the assistance of Black Galaxy Marble and Granite, removed the broken panel. The Conservation and Maintenance team then extracted the sediment and debris buildup inside the structure. The debris was then recycled to fill in erosion on the right side of the arch.

The broken tile was repaired with a similar quality granite, and the newly installed tile was sealed with a silicone mixture to match the artwork’s existing grout. The archway was then cleaned and polished.

The next phase of the project will include repairing the artwork’s waterproofing to protect the sculpture from encountering similar damage in the future and restoring the adjacent plaza.

 

The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall Announces New “SANKOFA” Exhibition

 

Correction: On November 1, 2019, the opening date of the “SANKOFA” exhibition was accidentally listed as Sunday, Nov. 10 in the OCA Newsletter. The actual opening date of the exhibition is Thursday, Nov. 14. We apologize for the confusion.

The City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is pleased to announce the dual exhibition of “SANKOFA” from international artists, Alfred Addo and Andrea Mckenzie, opening Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

 
Hosted in the Mayor’s Gallery, on the second floor of City Hall, this joint exhibition commemorates the ideas embodied in Ghana’s “Year of Return”, a reflection on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival to Jamestown, VA.

Born in the West African country of Ghana to a family of artists, Addo has been exposed to art since infancy. His primary inspiration came from his father, who exhibited his work regularly and challenged Addo to produce unique artwork. Although Addo was passionate about art, he also possessed a keen interest in the physical sciences, a field he found satisfyingly challenging. He was torn between going to college to study medicine and pursuing his passion to be a professional artist. In the end, he chose to follow his passion and pursue art full-time.

Since then, Addo has specialized in sculpture as his core medium. Interestingly, his physical science background led him to experiment with different materials, including sawdust, which he played with as a child in the sawmill where his father bought and cut wood for his sculptures. Naturally, Addo grew up loving this medium and decided to make it the main material he uses in all his artwork. Passionate about the sustainability of the earth, Addo perfected the method of recycling sawdust and waste materials to create various types of sculptures and relief works.

Addo has successfully participated in many international art exhibitions throughout Johannesburg; Cape Town; New York; Chicago; Washington D.C.; Miami; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Atlanta; San Diego, CA; Martha’s Vineyard, and of course in his home city Accra, Ghana.

A true island girl, Andrea Mckenzie comes from one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, Trinidad and Tobago. Mckenzie’s natural aptitude for creativity was nurtured at an early age because of her family’s involvement in the nation’s world-famous Carnival.

She attributes her extraordinary creative ability to her family’s creative legacy. The art of painting quickly bonded with her identity, making her a household name on the island by her mid-20s. Mckenzie’s fascination with contrast, textures, and fabrics was the fuel behind her kaleidoscope-like pieces. She uniquely infused glass, acrylic, and other materials on varying canvas, which propelled her into achieving a viable international clientele.

Throughout her young career, she has exhibited works in multiple nations including Trinidad and Tobago, and neighboring Caribbean islands. Mckenzie’s art has also been exhibited in New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, London, and Australia.

In 2019, Mckenzie was honored with The Black I Am “Power, Art & Creativity” Award.

West End Placemaking Project Offers $4,000 to Local Artists for Mural Designs

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), the Department of City Planning (DCP), and West End Neighborhood Development (WEND) are seeking creative professional artists to propose designs for two street murals. The street murals will reside on the West End section of White Street SW as a part of the City’s Placemaking Program.

A monetary award of $2,000 will be awarded for each design. The deadline to submit your proposal is Noon (12 pm) on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

The City of Atlanta’s Placemaking Program is a community-driven initiative to transform Atlanta streets and public spaces. The program also works to improve transportation safety while enhancing the physical, cultural, and social identities of our public areas.

Local and regional professional visual artists are encouraged to propose street mural designs for the intersections of White Street SW and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard SW and White Street SW and Hopkins Street SW.

There is no expectation of the artist(s) to install the artwork. The DCP will procure a contractor to install the murals per the finalized design.

For full project details, click the buttons below to view and download the RFP packet.

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Chris McIntosh at cmcintosh@atlantaga.gov.

 

Click the links below to view and download project packet:

West End Placemaking RFP Packet

City of Atlanta Decorative Crosswalk Policy

West End Placemaking Mural Locations

OCA Announces ELEVATE: Pittsburgh’s Event Line-up and Activations

 

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced the 2019 lineup of exhibitions, events, and community activities for the city’s annual public art festival, ELEVATE, which will be hosted in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood from Monday, Oct. 14, to Saturday, Oct. 19.

This year, the City of Atlanta has teamed up with the curatorial team from the African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA) to present a number of exhibitions featuring artists from across Atlanta.

Monday, October 14th will mark the opening of the newly redesigned Pyramid Grocery Food Store, a cultural cornerstone of the Pittsburgh neighborhood. The grocery store has undergone an interior makeover to emphasize its focus on community access to fresh fruits and vegetables redesigned by a group of local artists Chloe Floyd, Katina Benenate, Lamont Rudolph, and Alison Hamil. The exterior of the store will also feature decorative murals from artists Kimberly Binns with Tracy Murrell, Charmaine Minniefield, and Fabian Williams.

The festival will install a variety of murals across the Pittsburgh neighborhood. In Pittman Park, community inspired murals by Corey Barksdale will be featured on picnic tables, benches, the pavilion, and grill. 1029 McDaniel Street, previously known as “The Pink Store,” will also receive a new inspirational mural by Charity Hamidullah. The OCA has also partnered with the Department of City Planning to install several mural bike racks in Pittman Park.

OCA has partnered with various local organizations to present a variety of community events during the week of ELEVATE for all ages.

Additional support from this year’s festival comes from Home Depot, Lifecycle Building Center, The Department of City Planning, The Department of Parks and Recreation, Carver STEAM Academy, Atlanta Music Project, France Atlanta, The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alliance Theatre, The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, and SHAPE.

For more festival information including a complete list of ELEVATE activations, artists, and full event schedule, visit www.elevateatlart.com.

 

ELEVATE: Pittsburgh’s Schedule of Events

 

Monday, October 14

Senior Storytelling Workshop with Sistah Olufani

Pittman Recreation Center

950 Garibaldi St.

12 pm

Seniors in the Pittsburgh community are invited to join Sistah Olufemi of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia for interactive storytelling workshop that uses storytelling to explore human connections.

By educating community members on the power of storytelling, the workshop hopes to encourage Pittsburgh’s legacies residents to share their unique stories about themselves and the community to foster a stronger connection between the past and future of the community.

 

Monday, October 14

Pyramid Food

825 McDaniel St.

5 pm

Food scarcity and having consistent access to nutritious food is a problem faced by thousands of people across the country every day.

The re-imagining of the Pyramid Food Store in Pittsburgh explores questions around food, access, and community. By transforming where and how people gets their food, we explore the impact of food deserts on a community’s livelihood.

Join us as we re-invent and reclaim one of the Pittsburgh community’s cornerstones.

Thanks to the vision of Chloe Floyd, Katina BenenateLamont Rudolph, and Alison Hamil, the grocery store has a new design to match its focus on access to fruits and vegetables. The re-invented store will also be adorned with new decorative murals from Kimberly Binns with Tracy Murrell, Charmaine Minniefield, and Fabian Williams.

 

Tuesday, October 15

Suppressed: The Fight To Vote Documentary Screening + Panel Discussion

Pittman Recreation Center

950 Garibaldi St.

8 pm

ELEVATE: Pittsburgh explores how political disenfranchisement impacts our communities with a special screening of the short film “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”. After the screening, join us at the Pittman Park Recreation Center for a panel discussion with The New Georgia Project where we will discuss the power of voting, help people register to vote, learn about the 2020 Census, and share information community resources and support.

 

Wednesday, October 16

The Last Black Man in San Francisco and Short Film Screenings

Pittman Park Pavilion

Garibaldi St & Delevan St.

6:30 pm

Movie night features the critically acclaimed film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a poignant story about gentrification as one young Black man struggles to hold on to the sense of belonging in the face of rapid change.

The screening also features two short films, “Grace” directed by Roni Nicole Henderson and “Black Girl Magic” by Kaylee Jade Warfield, that explore the theme of personal and cultural memory.

Accompanying the screenings will be the unveiling of new decorative murals by local artist Corey Barksdale.

Content Warning: This film is rated R for language, brief nudity, and drug use.

 

Thursday, October 17

Ways of Seeing Opening & Sacred Street Zine Release

1029 McDaniel St.

6 pm

“Ways of Seeing” is an interactive photo exhibit and Zine that imagines Pittsburgh through the eyes of existing community members, architects and photographers who reflect on the past while imagining a potential future of this once thriving intown neighborhood. Photography by Phil Winters, Ken West, and Michael Reese, Architectural renderings from NOMA and SHAPE, research from Dr. Richard C. Kelsey. In partnership with The Department of City Planning.

 

Thursday, October 17

Soundscape Concert featuring DJ Kemit

1029 McDaniel St.

6 pm

One of the greatest repositories of Cultural Capital can be found in the music of a community. Hosted in tandem with “Ways of Seeing,” Acclaimed DJ and Producer DJ Kemit mines his musical archives to take us on a journey of sound. From the 1930s to today, Kemit explores the impact Atlanta has had on Southern music. Enjoy the music while you take in the gallery exhibition and new murals by Charity Hamidullah.

 

Friday, October 18

Komansé Dance Theater Performance of Skid

Carver STEAM Academy Auditorium

55 McDonough Blvd.

7:30 pm

Komansé Dance Theater takes a provocative look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond in their riveting performance of SKID.

Content Warning: SKID engages serious social issues and includes some adult themes and language. Parental discretion is advised.

 

Friday, October 18

Silent Disco Featuring DJ Salah Ananse

Carver STEAM Academy

55 McDonough Blvd.

9 pm

After Komansé’s Performance, join us for our annual ELEVATE Silent Disco and curate your own specially design dance soundtrack featuring a mix from DJ Salah Ananse and two original playlists created exclusively for this event.

 

Saturday, October 19

ELEVATE Community Festival

Pittman Park

291 Delevan St.

12 PM

Join us for a day full of fun, art, and celebration. We kick off our annual ELEVATE Community Festival with a community mural project as Pittsburgh residents and supporters help Atlanta-based artist Corey Barksdale finish a mural dedicated to the community.

At 2 pm, join us for the opening of the Artist Market, featuring the Blackberry Arts Collective, and explore our free Book Fair.

Shortly afterward, settle into our Storytelling Pavilion featuring entertainment from the Atlanta Music Project, movies from Sweet Blackberry Films, and more.

Also, author Pearl Cleage will treat guest to a reading of her children’s book “In my Granny’s Garden”.

At 8 pm, We close the evening with a special 30th Anniversary Screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” Content Warning: This film is rated R for language, brief nudity, and drug use.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Community Mural

950 Garibaldi St.

1 pm

Artist Corey Barksdale and volunteers from the community will be finishing a mural. Lend a hand, learn painting techniques, and leave your mark.

 

Book Fair and Artist Market

Pittman Park Pavilion

Garibaldi St & Delevan St.

2 pm

Join us for a day of family fun in Pittman Park. Browse the Artist Market featuring the Blackberry Arts Collective and explore our free Book Fair.

 

Performances in The Park

Pittman Park Pavilion

Garibaldi St & Delevan St.

2 pm

Settle into our Storytelling Pavilion for performances including Atlanta Music Project, movies from Sweet Blackberry Films and more. Pearl Cleage will join us to read her children’s book “In my Granny’s Garden”.

“Do The Right Thing: 30th Anniversary Screening”

 

Pittman Park Pavilion

Garibaldi St & Delevan St.

8 pm

End the night with a special screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

Content Warning: This film is rated R for language, brief nudity, violence, and drug use.

 

All schedule information, as well as a complete list of ELEVATE activities, artists, and more is available at www.elevateatlart.com.

 

 

Mayor’s Gallery Opens New Exhibit Dedicated to Master Artists

Artwork by James Wellington Taylor, Jr.

 

The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall is pleased to announce the exhibition of two master artists, Carl Owens and James Wellington Taylor, Jr., at the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall, from September 16 to November 1, 2019.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, Carl Owens was based in the city until he retired to Atlanta, GA. Owens’ career includes commissions and personal work in a variety of styles and media. His forte into portraiture includes images of icons such as Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson, Henry Ford II, and Diana Ross. Among Owens’ many works are his paintings of King Affonso I and King Khama in the “Great Kings of Africa” series for Anheuser Busch, Inc.; 25 “Soul of a Nation” drawings for the McDonald’s Corporation; two displays – “Roots, Stems and Flowers” and “Ford Salutes the Black Composer” – which were exhibited nationally by the Ford Motor Company; the portrait series “Ingenious Americans” for the national Distillers, Inc.; and many other works that were commissioned by major corporations.

James Wellington Taylor, Jr. was born to two career educators in the Gary Public Schools System in Gary, Indiana. After completing high school, James went to the Airforce Defense Language Division and proceeded to study chemistry at Grinnell College in Iowa.

In 1992, Taylor had his first encounter will terminal illness. After being confined to the Veterans Administration hospital, James began to paint as his therapy, developing a deep love for the art form. He pursued his passion for painting, which garnered him awards from the Atlanta Artists Center, Fulton and Dekalb County Public Art Programs, and African-Americans for the Arts.

Taylor would later serve as President of the Georgia Water Color Society in 2003. He continued to educate and instruct Life Drawing Classes at the South Dekalb Arts Center and Atlanta Metropolitan College. His insatiable interest in art and unwavering diligence combined to manifest new levels of mastery in over three mediums – Charcoal, Watercolor, and Oil.

He would again be challenged by terminal illness; however, his momentum of producing amazing pieces of artwork never diminished. After his passing, Taylor left behind an almost endless reservoir of material. Some of which are featured in more than 14 corporate and private collections nationwide.

Portions of this article were written by Meserette Kentake for the website Kentake Page.

OCA Public Art Team Restores “Fish Dreams” by Lynn Linnemeier

Before treatment (left and right)

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Manager, Shannon Douglas Kimbro, and Conservation Technician, Adrian Barzaga, with the assistance of Laura Lewis of Elm Studios, LLC and local artist, Cara Davis, treated “Fish Dreams” by Lynn Linnemeier.  The 6-panel mural on the Adams Park Pool House was created in 1992. Facing pool house parking, this mural welcomes visitors and community members to the Adams Park Pool.

The previously applied varnish was blanching, causing visibly milky areas in the aged finish, and possibly, additionally, blooming, with is a superficial cloudy area in varnish, most often caused by moisture penetrating the varnish layer.

The cloudy or milk areas, visible in photographic documentation prior to treatment, were distracting and characteristic of a failing protective coating.  Previous attempts to scrub off the milky areas had resulted in pigment losses.

The mural was gently and thoroughly cleaned, and isolation varnish was applied.  Paint touch ups concealed minor pigment losses and a top coat of Goldens MSA-UVLS Mural Formulation Varnish was applied.  Visitor and community members are now able to view the mural without obstruction.

Gallery 72 Explores Gentrification with BlandTown Exhibition

 

Opening on October 10, artist Gregor Turk explores the maligned neighborhood of Blandtown through “Reclaim /Proclaim [Blandtown]”, an exhibition at Gallery 72. Through a combination of sculptural installations, works on paper, and photographs. Turk provides insight into the community’s obscured history, playfully skews the neighborhood’s derided name, and raises a critical eye on the area’s rapid transformation.

In 2003, Turk purchased a house in the neighborhood and repurposed the cinderblock building as his studio. Today, that structure remains as one of the last four original houses still standing in Blandtown. The exhibition focuses on the demise and resettlement of the residential core of the neighborhood, exploring the shapes of both the original and newly-constructed building footprints. Turk produced several series of artwork in response. Much of this work was fabricated with reclaimed building materials from the new residential development surrounding his studio.

Through wit, lamentation and artistic probing, this one-man chamber of commerce provides options to proclaim Blandtown’s existence. Turk presents an exhibition that is part history lesson, part manifesto, and part civic rousing, with interviews of former residents providing historical context. Dubious propagandistic posters manipulated images of local signage, and unofficial merchandise rounds out the exhibit.

As the title indicates, Turk’s exhibition serves to raise awareness of the Atlanta neighborhood with its often-disparaged name. Better known as part of the Westside, Midtown West, and/or West Midtown. The area has a bit of an identity complex, further complicated by developers applying additional monikers to rebrand sections of the neighborhood (Huff Heights, Huff Trail, West Town, etc.) all while avoiding incorporating the proper name, Blandtown, which was named after freed slave Felix Bland.

Originally an African-American community comprised of two to three hundred homes, the neighborhood was strategically forced into decline through rezoning to an industrial district in the mid-twentieth century. Turk presents Blandtown as a case study for current development issues relating to the greater city: legacy housing, gentrification, and conflicts resulting from the proximity of residential and industrial land use.

The exhibition will open October 10, 2019 and run through November 22 at Gallery 72, a municipally owned art gallery located in the heart of downtown Atlanta at 72 Marietta Street. 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 KSipp@AtlantaGa.Gov.

 

About the Gregor Turk:

Known for his public art installations, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media constructions, Gregor Turk often incorporates mapping imagery, signage, and cultural markings into his artwork. He has permanent public art installations at the Atlanta and Jacksonville airports as well as at the Metropolitan Library in Atlanta. His work is in the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, High Museum, MOCA-GA, and numerous other public and private collections. Turk grew up in Atlanta, received his B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis and his M.F.A. from Boston University.  Between degrees he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.

Previous temporary projects include a set of five inwardly facing billboards emblazoned with tightly cropped images of General Sherman’s eyes (Atlanta BeltLine, 2014); a pop-up store stocked with over a hundred rubber wrapped objects including furniture and globes (Ponce City Market, 2016); a set of 17 convex security mirrors absurdly placed along the GA/NC border adjacent to a hiking path (Hambidge Center, 2017). Additional information and images at: www.gregorturk.com

For more information contact Gregor Turk: info@gregorturk.com

OCA’s Public Art Team Begins Final Restoration of Folk Art Park

Two conservators dismantling one of the windmill installations that is a part of the multi-piece artwork called”Whirlygigs” by artist Vollis Simpson in Folk Art Park.

Prior to the Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Folk Art Park, an homage to southern folk artists’ techniques and traditions, opened to beautify the Downtown Connector. Two decades later, each section required extensive restoration to preserve the public artwork for the enjoyment of the pedestrians and commuters that frequent the area.

Partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and the Community Foundation, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has revitalized nearly every section of Folk Art Park, except for the southwest corner of the Ralph McGill Boulevard and Courtland Avenue intersection. Adorned with works by Vollis Simpson and James Harold Jennings, the intersection is the final phase of the park’s restoration.

Jeffry Loy, a local artist and art conservator, was hired by Renew Atlanta’s TSPLOST Landmark Art Program to dismantle the four Whirlygigs by artist Vollis Simpson. In addition, Loy is working with art re-finisher Jan Riley to fully restore Simpson’s kinetic masterpieces.

Loy was on-site in late July 2019 with a crew of four conservators to dismantle the large artworks so the pieces can be restored off-site. Watch the time-lapse video below to see how the crew tackled the project.

ELEVATE Opens Artist Calls for Signage Artists and Artisans for 2019 Festival

 

 

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is currently seeking creative and innovative local Signage Artists with Graphic Design experience, Interior Designers, and Artisans for the 2019 ELEVATE Public Art Program. Experienced Signage Artists experience and Artisans are encouraged to submit qualifications and budget breakdowns for each respective call. 

For more information about each call, follow the links listed below for the opportunity you wish to pursue. Selected signage artists experience and artisans will be compensated for their time and work.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 9, 2019, by 11:59 pm EST. 

ELEVATE 2019 Call for Artists – Pyramid Project (Artisan)

ELEVATE 2019 Call for Artists – Pyramid Project (Signage Designer)

ELEVATE 2019 Call for Artists – Pyramid Project (Interior Designer)

About ELEVATE

Presented each October in a culturally significant neighborhood within the City of Atlanta, the week-long festival showcases the city’s cultural offerings by providing free, quality cultural experiences that highlight the City’s cultural and economic vitality.

Each ELEVATE is presented with a specially curated “theme” that emphasizes various cultural topics and trends while incorporating the talent and creativity of local, national, and international art and artists. Hosted this year in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh community, the festival seeks to use art to bring a new perspective to the culturally significant yet overlook community.

 

 

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 Monday, Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 19.

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.

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.

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 EAFisher@atlantaga.gov. The deadline for submitting questions is Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 5 pm. 

Call for Proposals

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 ksipp@atlantaga.gov.

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 ksipp@atlantaga.gov.

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

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 KSipp@AtlantaGa.Gov.

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

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.

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 KSipp@AtlantaGa.Gov.

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.

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.

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’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.

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.  

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.

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!

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.”

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 eafisher@AtlantaGA.gov

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Emily Fisher at eafisher@AtlantaGA.gov.

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

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 bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

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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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: bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

 

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: bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

For any questions regarding the project or the proposal submission, please contact Briana X. Camelo at ­bxcamelo@AtlantaGA.gov

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.

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: 

bxcamelo@atlantaga.gov

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.

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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.

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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.  

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OCA Newsletter :: April 2018

 


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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

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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
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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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CALL FOR ARTISTS: MLK Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Improvement Project

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce four great sculpture commission opportunities associated with Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Improvement Project.

The first four artist commissions are described as a sculptural gateway project, a monumental figurative bronze, four bronze benches with seated Civil-Rights figures, and a water feature in a new park. The budget for these commissions range from $250,000 to $1,000,000 and the full call for entry is listed on CAFÉ.

See all four links below to review the call for entry. Hurry, the deadline for entry is fast approaching!

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MLK JR DR. Gateway at Northside Drive

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MLK JR Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument

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Mozley Benches

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ELEVATE: Microcosm

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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce this year’s ELEVATE public art festival! The theme of this year’s ELEVATE public art festival is Microcosm.

During ELEVATE: Microcosm artists will explore how a community reflects the larger world around it. Four curators have assembled more than 200 artists to create contemporary art and cultural events in order to spark dialogue around how a community deals with social, racial, and economic issues ranging from inequity to gentrification. ELEVATE Microcosm will take place in south downtown Atlanta, primarily on Broad Street SW. This emerging cultural district seeks to use creativity to build community and inspire constructive change in collaboration with the area’s stakeholders. The festival will be held from Thursday, October 13 through Friday, October 21. All events are free and open to the public.

“Festival attendees will be able to engage with artists, historians, and area residents,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We hope people who live and work in Atlanta will participate. We also invite anyone who enjoys contemporary art, and is interested in exploring ideas around community. Our events will be lively, interesting, and provocative. We’ll have a fabulous block party, interactive art installations, dance performances, large-scale murals, panel discussions, and historic bike and walking tours. Make plans to join us.”

ELEVATE Microcosm is being curated by Allie Bashuk, Monica Campana, Mark DiNatale and Pastiche Lumumba.

 

Participating artists and art groups will include:

Abdu Ali

Bae (DeCoteau, MIKKOH, Hourglass and Osho)

Bent Frequency

Black Power Party #2 – Black Girl Magic – featuring:

Minister James Pullin + Atlanta Baptist Gospel Choir

Father Fannie

Jaixx

Bradlea-Roi

BOSCO

CHROMA

Danielle Deadwyler

Elysia Crampton

FRKO

Hank Willis Thomas (in partnership with Flux Projects)

Jean “Plantu” Plantureux (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Josephine Figueroa

Meptik

Michel Kichka (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Mike Luckovich (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Noé Soulier (in partnership with France Atlanta)

Soul Food Cypher 

Tiona McClodden

William Mitchell

Yoyo Ferro (in partnership with Living Walls)

 

Participating organizations include: 

A3C

Atlanta City Studio

Atlanta History Center

Broad Street Visitors Center

C4 Atlanta

Cartooning for Peace

Center for Civic Innovation

Civil Bikes

Consulate of France in Atlanta

Digital Good Times

Diverse Groups

Downtown Player’s Club

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

Flux Projects

France Atlanta

The Goat Farm Arts Center

Jortsfest

Living Walls

Mammal Gallery

Murmur

Red, Bike and Green

Sistagraphy

Southern Fried Queer Pride

 

Sponsors for ELEVATE Microcosm include:

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Central Atlanta Progress

Crystal Springs

Fulton County Arts & Culture

Laz Parking

Living Walls

LowCountry Catering

MailChimp

Peachtree Tents & Events

Son & Sons

Standard Press

Topo Chico

 

Media partners include:

Creative Loafing

Scoutmob

 

For more information, visit the official ELEVATE website at www.elevateatlart.com.

Check out footage from our most recent ELEVATE event we held this past summer, ELEVATE: Summer, and prepare for 9 days of public art experiences this October during ELEVATE: Microcosm!

Call for Artists – RFQ for ELEVATE: Summer

 

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The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs – Public Art Services (OCA/PAS) is seeking qualified artists and art groups to perform at our debut ELEVATE summertime event, ELEVATE: Summer. Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, ELEVATE is a temporary public art program that seeks to activate the downtown Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. The focus of ELEVATE is to provide free public art and community engagement experiences with the goal of increasing the cultural and economic vitality of the downtown area. Through workshops, panel discussions and public art, the OCA/PAS seeks to create events through ELEVATE that promote the creative community of Atlanta,  impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for our citizens and gain global attention for our city as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city. In order to extend this goal, this year, the OCA/PAS has decided to supplement October’s ELEVATE program with a one-day summer event, titled ELEVATE: Summer. This request for qualifications is seeking applicants in the fields of performance art, dance and music to perform as a part of ELEVATE: Summer.

Click here to access the PDF of the RFQ application process. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, June 21st by 5:00 pm EST. Questions concerning this Call for Artists should be directed to the email address elevateatlanta@gmail.com or via phone at 404-546-6980.

 

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ELEVATE 2016 – Call for Curator – Information Session Presentation

 

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The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program hosted an information session on Tuesday, March 15th. The following presentation was given to attendees followed by a brief Q&A session. If you were unable to attend the event and want to learn more about the ELEVATE 2016 Call for Curator please view the presentation by clicking ELEVATE 2016 – Call for Curator – Information Session.

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Request for Curatorial Proposals

Application Deadline: March 30th, 2016

City of Atlanta – Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs – Public Art Program

ELEVATE 2016 October 13th – 21st

Downtown – Atlanta, Georgia

The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is currently seeking creative and innovative curatorial proposals for the 2016 Elevate Public Art Program. The OCA is requesting proposals that detail a curatorial vision for the upcoming 2016 Elevate program, including the development of an overall theme, a vision for programming, and selections of artwork and performers. Experienced local, regional, national, or international curators are invited to submit proposals through March 30th, 2016.

ABOUT ELEVATE:

Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta, ELEVATE is a week-long public art event that exhibits large-scale public artworks and performance art. ELEVATE programs offer educational opportunities and cultural experiences free to the public with the mission of instigating positive urban growth in downtown Atlanta. The OCA is excited to work with a curator passionate about creating ELEVATE’s sixth year of unique public art programming.

PROJECT DETAILS:

This year’s ELEVATE program will take place Thursday, October 13th – Friday, October 21st. The Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking curatorial proposals that will activate the central downtown area of Atlanta (see map in PDF Packet for boundaries). Submissions that seek to enliven, accentuate, and improve the built environment and interact meaningfully with the community are preferred. Proposals should highlight a diverse array of local, regional, national, and international artists, accessible to all age groups and demographics of Atlanta. Curators must submit a completed PDF packet to be considered.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS A PDF APPLICATION INFORMATION PACKET

PLEASE NOTE: The selected curator will be responsible for assisting in the promotion, planning, and overall implementation of proposed art, performances, and programming that will take place during the ELEVATE program. Furthermore, the curator will be expected to attend mandatory weekly meetings at the OCA.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs beginning in April 2016. The selected curatorial position will be announced by May 2016. The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs wishes you the best of luck! 

QUESTIONS?

Send an email to elevateatlanta@gmail.com or call 404-546-6980.

OCA WANTS YOUR INPUT.

Take a short survey for ELEVATE. Click here to access the survey.

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A Call to Artists: OCA Public Artist Registry Application Now Open

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The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program is seeking professional artist applicants for its Public Art Registry. The Public Art Program uses this Registry as a preferred vendor list for soliciting major and minor public art commissions and purchases. Artists accepted to the Registry list will be considered for public art opportunities such as site-specific commissions, artist/architect collaborations, design services, and artist/community collaborations. All professional artists residing in the United States with public art experience, interest in site-specific commissions, or who have involved community members in their work are encouraged to apply.

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals. The jury will review the application material and select appropriate artists for the registry. Artists will be notified by email if they are accepted to the Public Art Registry.

All applications must be submitted via Email/Dropbox by midnight on January 31, 2016.

Please contact Hannah Leathers with any questions regarding the application process: HLeathers@Atlantaga.gov; 404-546-6849.

Click HERE to download an application.

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A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MALCOLM X AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MALCOLM X AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

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Don’t miss this one act play by Jaqueline Clay Chester, as two powerful minds merge in time for an unforgettable State of the Union analysis in a witty, educational, entertaining yet blunt and honest discussion between renowned icons.

Atlanta City Hall
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

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ELEVATE 2015: (F)orever. (I). (L)ove. (A)tlanta is Here!

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*** Media Alert ***

Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to

Host Press Conference to Announce Plans for ELEVATE 2015

 

 

Who:

Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff, the City of Atlanta, and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and ELEVATE Atlanta.

 

What:

Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will host an official press conference to announce plans for the ELEVATE 2015 celebration. Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta, ELEVATE instills city-wide cultural growth by exhibiting large-scale public artwork/installations and offers performances, educational opportunities and cultural experiences free to the public. This year’s curator for ELEVATE 2015 will be internationally-recognized visual/performing artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou, whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s works have been featured in NBC’s drama Empire and ABC’s hit comedy Black-ish.

 

Set to take place under the theme, ‘Forever I Love Atlanta’ (F.I.L.A.), ELEVATE 2015 will be a 9-day celebration of Atlanta, where she’s been, where she is now and where she is going!

 

Attendees of the official press conference will include:

When:

Monday, September 14, 2015 | Press Conference will begin immediately at 11:30 a.m.

Media check-in: 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

 

Where:

55 Trinity AVE SW, City Hall Atrium, first floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

Why:

ELEVATE 2015 programs and commissions will impact the Atlanta economy, increase the quality of life for its citizens, educate the public and gain global attention for Atlanta as a creative and culturally engaging contemporary city.

 

Media Note:

Media interested in attending should submit their request to 10 Squared, press@10squaredpr.com no later than Sunday, September 13, 2015.


Media Contacts:
 

10 Squared
press@10squaredpr.com | 678-399-3363
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Mayor’s Office of Communications:
 atlmedia@atlantaga.gov | 404-330-6004 

 


About The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs:

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs vision is to enhance the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse and educational cultural experiences; nurture artists and arts organizations; unify Atlanta’s cultural community; preserve and protect the city’s cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta’s international reputation as a cultural destination.  For news and information follow them on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atlantaculturalaffairs and visit their website at https://www.ocaatlanta.com/.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

Freedom Expressions ATL II Ghost Slavery: Art Against Human Trafficking at Gallery 72

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Gallery 72 in partnership with the International Human Trafficking Institute and the anti-human trafficking non- profit group Artworks For Freedom opens the exhibition “Freedom Expressions Atl  II Ghost Slavery: Art Against Human Trafficking on,” September 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition is scheduled to run through October 9th 2015
This exhibition is a revised re-mounting of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport exhibition, “Freedom Expressions Atl,”and will showcase artists’ works that focus on the issue of human trafficking and acts as a call to action to raise awareness and commit us all to ending modern day slavery.
The title of the exhibition “Ghost Slavery”speaks to the sad reality that many who are the victims of trafficking, in Atlanta and other major cities of the world, are often suffering in = plain view of a public who cannot perceive their status or refuses to recognize their existence.Stay tuned for additional programming surrounding this important and timely exhibition.
Exhibiting artist are: Brikena Boci, Shelia Pree Bright, Jessica Caldes, Alfred Conteh, Najee Dorsey, DS Hathaway, Judy Kirpich, Tracy Molloy, Traci Murrell, Mirian Silva, Leisha Starchia, and Charlie Watts.

OCA lands Our Town program grant

The OCA announced that it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant comes in the form of the Our Town award. Since its inception in 2011, the Our Town program has funded placemaking projects all over the country to encourage the growth of art in communities. This year, the Our Town program awarded around $5 million in grant money to 69 applicants.

OCA will use the $50,000 grant for the development of the Atlanta Beltline Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan. While this is not the first time that the Beltline has received some love from the NEA, the grant is significantly larger than what the organization has gotten in the past. OCA will partner with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. and Metropolitan Public Art Coalition to tackle the project. The implementation plan will enable strategic and coordinated development of cultural facilities and programs alike on the Beltline.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said OCA Executive Director, Camille Russell Love in a comment. “The facilities, partnerships and programs developed as a result of the implementation plan will add to the Atlanta Beltline’s identity as a creative place, improving the quality of life for citizens throughout the region and driving continued economic development through the arts.”

Now in the Our Town program’s fifth year of  existence, the NEA has awarded 325 grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

 

* This story was originally published on clatl.com.

Richard Allen DuCree: I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest and Redemption Songs at Gallery 72| July 16th

 

THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES A NEW EXHIBITION AT GALLERY 72.

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 I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest, and Redemption songs

July 16th through Sept. 4th 2015

Atlanta-The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs/ Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta opens “Richard Allen DuCree: I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest and Redemption Songs”, on July16th 2015, 6-9 p.m.

For this exhibition photographer Richard Allen DuCree selects a body of work that acts as a visual bridge between generations engaged in movements for social justice. Invoking the memories of past struggles and accomplishments while firmly committing his eye to the unrest and civil rights issues of our contemporary culture, DuCree shows us all the face of our ongoing reach for peace, justice and true democracy.  This visual retrospective encourages an investigation into modern American practices and its relationship to its peoples.

DuCree has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. These travels have given DuCree a unique global perspective. DuCree has worked as a stills photographer for ESPN, CNN, SONY, AMC, NBC and many others national and international networks.  DuCree has exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, “Obama, the Historic Campaign in Photographs”, curated by Deborah Willis and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Solo Show “The Civil Rights Movement in Retrospective”; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NY; Southwest Arts Center and Fulton County,

This event is free and open to the public. Visit OCAATLANTA.com for more information.

About Gallery 72

Gallery 72 is a municipal gallery dedicated to presenting stimulating, and thought provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s art offering. The gallery is open from 10am until 5:00pm and operated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.”

Gallery 72 is located at 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta Street NW Atlanta Ga. 30303

 

NEARBY PARKING:

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:

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CITY OF ATLANTA SEEKS DESIGNS FOR AN ARTISTIC PAVILION ALONG THE ATLANTA BELTLINE

The City of Atlanta has announced a competition for the design of an outdoor cultural pavilion for prominent display on the Westside trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development ever undertaken by the City of Atlanta, and among the largest urban redevelopment programs in the US, providing affordable workforce housing, brownfield remediation, public art, and historic preservation.

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The National Pavilion Design Competition seeks designs for the second pavilion in a series of small, multi-purpose artistic pavilions occupying green spaces along the BeltLine as part of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine program, which represents the South’s largest outdoor temporary art exhibition. The culture-conscious platform engages hundreds of artists to display visual and performing arts in the parks and along the trails of the BeltLine.

Rendering of the Westside Trail from Allene Avenue (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The pavilion’s prospective location at the intersection of the Westside trail and Allene Avenue poises it to become an iconic landmark for the Adair Park community and its surrounding historic neighborhood. In the spirit of fostering community gathering, the Atlanta BeltLine is also seeking designs for a permanent performance space at Adair Park.

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Design-wise, the facility should represent the quality art and architecture which the BeltLine strives to embody. The competition is seen to straddle the fields of art, architecture, landscape architecture, and the pedestrian experience, as well as provide a catalyst for economic development.

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“This competition demonstrates that small yet exceptional design can offer huge benefits for Atlanta communities,” said Melody Harclerode, President of AIA Atlanta and manager of the National Pavilion Design Competition. The only eligibility requirement is that an individual or team member be a licensed architect holding active AIA membership.

The first place winner stands to receive a $10,000 cash prize, while a $5,000 and $3,000 prize are up for grabs for the second and third place winners respectively. The competition represents a partnership between AIA Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine Inc., and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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GALLERY 72 | UPCOMING EVENTS

GALLERY 72 ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT OF THE TUFTON STRING QUARTET,   A RECEPTION FOR THE EXTENDED EXHIBITION EPHEMERAL ETERNITY

Atlanta- The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present the Tufton String Quartet at a reception for the exhibition “Ephemeral Eternity:  Memory, Ritual and Personal Myth in an Age of Dissolution” at Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta on May 1st, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Formed in Atlanta, The Tufton String Quartet features Christopher Mosley on first violin, Raphiel Murden on 2nd violin, Reginald Wallace on viola, and Arlanda Walker on Cello. The musical selections for the evening will be a mix of classical, jazz standards, and contemporary compositions. The concert will start promptly at 6:15 p.m.

Ephemeral Eternity is an exhibition addressing the power of myth, memory and ritual experience to forestall vanishing and contested histories and identities.  Please join the us for a moving evening of visions, sounds and sacredness.

The exhibition Ephemeral Eternity will be extending its run until May 15TH.

EMERGENCE FROM THE WATERS

June 4th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In related news, opening at GALLERY 72 on June 4th, 2015 will be the exhibition ” Emergence from the Waters” featuring the works of Atlanta metal artist Corrina Sephora.  Emergence from the Waters is a collection of water-themed art spanning the past decade, including debuting new works. Emergence of the Waters is a series of sculptures, paintings, animation and installations of boat forms, birds in flight and other aquatic imagery from the spaces above and below the water’s surface. Sephora’s ideas and concepts, from drawings in tiny notebooks to architectural blueprints that emerge into sculptures, will be on display. The exhibit examines water in all its multi-faceted forms and influences, with towering solid steel waves that have boats and birds tethered to them, ladders that climb into the ephemeris and an installation that draws parallels between a fleet of boats and a flock of birds. Sephora’s storytelling talents will be showcased in Flowing as Water, a fairy tale video inspired by her visit to an adoption support group.

 

GALLERY LUNCHTIME TOURS

Also, starting in May, GALLERY 72 will begin lunchtime gallery tours. The tours will take place from 1pm to 1:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday except during gallery installations . Please contact the Gallery 72 office for more information. The Gallery 72 phone number is 404-546-3220 and the email is Gallery72@atlantaga.gov.

Gallery 72 is located on the first floor of 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta Ga. 30303

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ArtsAtl Reviews Emergence from the Waters at Gallery 72

Corrina Sephora transmutes family odyssey into universal symbols, at Gallery 72.

 

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This article was first published on ArtsAtl.com.

Corrina Sephora’s Emergence from the Waters, at Gallery 72 through July 9, is more than a retrospective of the Atlanta metal artist’s sculpture, painting and video. Rather, it forms a unified body of personal symbolism based on family history.

History becomes allegory in a faery (Sephora’s spelling) tale narrative mural dominating one gallery. It comprises the imagery for the book, a scroll called Flowing as Water, which is in the show, and for the video, an animation of the painting (the latter a collaboration with Matt Gilbert and Ana Balka).

A translation into archetypal fantasy of an all too real set of fluid family relationships, it is a tale of loss and return. But the story might not be easily gleaned from the painting despite the recurrence of characters engaged in various travels across water.

This is as Sephora intends it. The story is a translation into symbolic terms of the biographical details of her mother’s life and ancestry, made universal. The boat and its passengers became a recurrent symbol in her work some years ago, originally focused on her family’s emigration to America from Central Europe. This exhibition combines the boat symbol with a succession of other repeated symbols: the ladder, the tree with roots and branches both fully visible, the swirling flocks of birds in migration. Magical huts from the faery tale are a recent addition. Together, they add up to a rich mixture of imagery of departure, transition and arrival.

The beauty of the ways in which these resonant images are rendered is obvious, even if their meaning is not always self-evident. And their archetypal nature is such that we feel at home, regardless: comprehension is not necessary for feelings of congruence.

Thank you to ArtsAtl for the coverage. Make sure to view Emergance from the Waters for yourself at Gallery 72.  Located at 72 Marietta St NW, Atlanta GA ,30303.  For more information on Gallery 72, please visit the gallery page HERE.

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National Pavilion Design Competition Announced

           

 

Contact: Milan Jordan
AIA Atlanta – The American Institute of Architects, Atlanta Chapter

404-222-9916
milan@aiaatl.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL PAVILION DESIGN COMPETITION ANNOUNCED AT THE AIA NATIONAL CONVENTION

ATLANTA, GA –    May 18, 2015 – On Friday, May 15, 2015 the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta), Atlanta BeltLine Inc., and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs announced a partnership on a National Pavilion Design Competition for a performance pavilion to be built on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. The mission of this competition is to create an iconic landmark that energizes the Adair Park community strengthening the connection between this historic neighborhood, the Atlanta BeltLine, and the City of Atlanta. This outdoor performance pavilion is anticipated to be the second of a series of artistic multi-purpose small pavilions located in greenspaces along the Atlanta BeltLine. The winning pavilion should strive to be a catalyst for the promotion of design excellence in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the South’s largest outdoor temporary art exhibition, engages hundreds of artists to display visual and performing art in the parks and on the trails of the Atlanta BeltLine. Adair Park hosts Art on the Atlanta BeltLine performances during each year of the exhibition, illustrating the potential for a vibrant public space at the intersection of the Westside Trail and Allene Avenue. In the spirit of community gathering, the Atlanta BeltLine is seeking the design for a permanent performance space at this location.

 

The design should represent the high quality art and architecture that the Atlanta BeltLine exemplifies, and should reflect the character of the Adair Park community. “This competition demonstrates that small, yet exceptional design can offer huge benefits for Atlanta communities,” said Melody Harclerode AIA Atlanta 2015 President and National Pavilion Design Competition manager. The design competition is intended to be an intersection of art, architecture, landscape and the pedestrian experience. “What we know is that art and culture are likely catalysts for further economic development when a structure goes into an area”, said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural affairs. “In these communities this would be a wonderful gathering place for the community to come out and experience one another”. Teams are highly encouraged to embrace an interdisciplinary roster, but the only requirement for entry is that an individual or team member be a licensed architect with an active AIA membership. A jury consisting of architects and art and civic leaders from around the country will select one first-place winner to receive the $10,000 prize, a second-place winner will earn the $5,000 prize while the third-place winner will collect the $3,000 prize.

 

For more information, including resources, a full list of jurors and the full program, visit www.aiaatl.org/paviliondesigncompetition

About AIA Atlanta
With approximately 1,700 members throughout the Greater Metro Atlanta area, the Atlanta chapter of The American Institute of Architects is an energetic, creative, and agile advocate for architects, design professionals, students of architecture, and the general public. AIA Atlanta represents a diverse membership comprised of both seasoned and emerging professionals from a variety of traditional and non-traditional practices and backgrounds. Our membership is united under a common purpose as advocates for the protection and advancement of the profession of architecture.

For more information on AIA Atlanta, visit: http://www.aiaatl.org/

About Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive redevelopment effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging efforts of its kind currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is an internationally recognized sustainable redevelopment initiative that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and light rail streetcar transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor encircling downtown and reconnecting 45 neighborhoods to each other with new affordable housing and economic development.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and implementing of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with the City of Atlanta and numerous other public and private organizations. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.
About the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as
a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a
variety of cultural offerings in order to inspire residents and visitors to experience Atlanta’s
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FREE film screening in partnership with Urban Film Review

 

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Margaret Walker: For My People

Thursday, May 28 at 7 pm

FREE film screening in partnership with Urban Film Review

Best known for her novel Jubilee, Margaret Walker’s masterpiece tells the story of a Civil War and Reconstruction-era enslaved African American family, and is based on her great-grandmother’s life. Less known, is that Dr. Walker was the first African American woman to win a national writing prize—the Yale Young Poets Award—for her 1942 collection of poetry entitled For My People. Encouraged by Langston Hughes to attend college in the north, she completed her B.A. at Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Dr. Walker retired from Jackson State University in 1979, after a 30-year career. This documentary tells her amazing story.  Here’s a sneak peak at the film: http://bit.ly/1JBOwaU. After the screening there will be dramatic readings from Jubilee and For My People, and an audience conversation led by a local scholar.

The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921 and contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. Tours of the Cyclorama take place Tuesday through Saturday throughout the day, and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events in the painting. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, soldiers’ personal items, maps and other artifacts.

 

The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.  For more information visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.

 

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Arts For Learning Honors Five Luminaries

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Atlanta, April 21, 2015 – The importance of arts in education and five distinguished leaders who champion it were celebrated by Arts For Learning Luminaries Luncheon at the High Museum.

Mrs. Sandra Deal, first lady of Georgia, joined with other leaders in recognizing the contributions of the five individuals who have done so much to promote and support the arts in education. The individuals honored at the event were:

Joe Bankoff
Former CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center, 2006-2012
Chair of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marie Brumley Foster
Secretary, The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

Cynthia Kuhlman, Ph.D.
Board Chair, Charles R. Drew Charter School
Director of Educational Achievement, Cousins Family Foundation

Camille Russell Love
Executive Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Nancy Brumley Robitaille
President, The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

 

“The Woodruff Arts Center and the entire Atlanta community owe a debt of gratitude to these five wonderful people,” said Virginia Hepner, president and chief executive officer of The Woodruff Arts Center. “Their advocacy, partnership and generosity in supporting arts in education have made an important difference in the lives of students, teachers and academic institutions for many years.”

Over 300 luncheon guests enjoyed student and teaching artist performances and comments from each of the honorees. A highlight of the event was the ‘community’ poem written and performed by teaching artist and poet Theresa Davis. Luncheon guests were asked to jot down their thoughts about the value of arts in education, and Ms. Davis turned those thoughts into a poem she performed to close the program.

 

Public Art Mixer | Saturday, April 24th

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Public Art Artists /Public Art Administrators and 

Enthusiast come out and network!

Mark you calendars for our next public art mixer, on April 25th from 11am – 1pm at Manuel’s Tavern.

Take the opportunity to network with your colleagues.
Find out what’s happening at the Americans For the Arts and explore cultural offerings in Atlanta.We look forward to meeting and greeting with you!

 

RSVP To the Event Here

Read Our 2015 Public Art Brochure!

Gallery 72 Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual, and Myth in a time of Dissolution

 

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March 5th  – May 1st

Artists: Robin Bernat , Jessica Scott Felder, Karen Tauches, Wendy Phillips.

Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual, and Myth in a time of Dissolution is an exhibition focusing on the transience of the human condition, and the power of myth, memory and ritual to forestall vanishing and contested histories and identities. This exhibition examines the acts humanity uses to hold onto beloved memories and contested histories ranging from the personal to the political and the mythic. How we remember the past and process its influence on our present has always been and will always be a part of the human condition. How we record, protect and keep what is beloved becomes the basis for our rituals and myths, for our faiths and our archiving.   The artists in this exhibition work in many forms of media and were chosen due to varied ways they represent our physical and emotional histories.

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March Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight is a monthly highlight of the work, process and artists featured in the Office of Cultural Affair’s Public Art Registry.  The Public Art Atlanta National Registry serves as the preferred list for soliciting artists for major and minor public art commissions and direct purchases of artworks for the City of Atlanta, while also serving as a qualified professional Public Artist list for additional commissioning agencies.  Currently the Registry boasts full portfolios and resumes of over 300 professional public artists and is dedicated to expanding the scope of public artwork in Atlanta.

This month’s artist spotlight is Martha Whittington

 

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Bio

MARTHA WHITTINGTON (Atlanta, Georgia) received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. She received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art. She has been the recipient of artist residencies at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Hambidge Center-Creative Arts in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and Go Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been awarded grants from the NEA funded Southern Constellation Fellow, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia (WAP), Office of Cultural Affairs Atlanta, Idea Capital Atlanta, Dashboard Coop Atlanta, and Austin Green. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally with shows at Moot Gallery, Hong Kong, Dans Kamera Istanbul, Turkey, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, and the AMOA-Laguna Gloria Austin Texas. Her work is held in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design Susan Bridges, Lavona Stringer Currie, Ree Kaneko, Marianne Lambert, Annette Cone Skelton. Whittington is a Professor of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

Interview with Martha Whittington |

Let’s start off with who you are and what type of work do you do?

My constructed environments speak to the experience of the human spirit as it faces, in naiveté and innocence, the harshness and treachery of life and labor.  This exploration has now evolved into a cultural chronicle as related to modernity.  By recreating the history of significant objects and ideas such as manual tools, antique devices, and life experiences of laborers, I build an immersive experience.  This new view of life and labor asks the audience to re-examine concepts, archetypal associations and connotations. The eye encounters familiar objects, which become unfamiliar and thought provoking when executed in unexpected materials.

 

What types of research or experiences influence your artistic process the most?

I am not an artist with a mission or a vision other than to create. My endless making is more a calling from within than a mission. I am inspired by objects: ascribed circle, a cotton rope, a piece of worn leather, an old phonograph: these all can become a vision or a way to fulfill a vision. I am inspired by events: a construction company clear cut the forested acreage behind my home to build bungalows. The sound of the bulldozers and watching a grey fox run down the street inspired a series of metaphorical, non-representational work centered on destruction, reconstruction and restructuring.

What role does art funding have for you as an artist, and in which ways do you believe art has an impact on the public?

It is difficult to advance work that is expensive to produce without financial support. The benefit to the public is in the viewing, but also in noting the contemporary parallel to the global community.  The intent is for the audience to understand that art can be objectively fine yet always transmits a story, a concept or a message whether literal or metaphorical.

 

Taking a look at your work, it seems that public consideration plays a major role on not only the make-up of a piece, but also in the outcomes.  Can you touch on the importance that public engagement and communal connections have in your work?

Dialog with the audience is essential to my work.  I seek to educate as well as expose the audience to fine art as a means of concept generation, and hopes to activate an examination of both local and global parallels.

 

You have an upcoming exhibition at SECCA. Can you tell us a little more about the project?

 Collective Actions http://collectiveactions.secca.org is a group exhibition curated by Cora Fisher that focuses on collectivity as art. The show informs questions of ecology and sustainability, work and play, accessibility and social action, public and private experience. My work Deus Ex Machina was exhibited in dialog with the Industries for the Blind to talk about the importance of the hand in work.

 

What other projects or exhibitions do you have planned in the coming year that you are really excited about?

I have three exciting projects in the works. This summer I will be exhibiting Exchange an installation of wall and free-standing sculptural objects depicting the absorption and subtle elimination of a native culture through assimilation and economic manipulation.  This project received funding by the OCA Artist Project Grant. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with composer Rae Long on a multimedia opera, and a gallery installation that bridges private and public space with sound and object.

View more of Martha’s work by visiting her website. View all of the work from the artists in our registry by visiting the Registry Page.

The City of Atlanta Launches Free Smartphone App for its Public Art Collection

Atlanta Public Art Tour app available for download on iPhone and Android devices

ATLANTA- The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), announced today the release of its new Atlanta Public Art Tour app. In partnership with TourBuddy, the OCA Public Art Program created a one-of-a-kind, interactive viewer experience that will lead users through downtown Atlanta corridors and historical sites and monuments that speak to the heart of Atlanta’s character.

“Making art accessible through technology is a priority for the Office of Cultural Affairs,” said Camille Russell Love, OCA Executive Director. “The Atlanta Public Art Tour app, will allow patrons to discover firsthand, the rich and vibrant history of these public works and will showcase what the city of Atlanta truly has to offer.”

The easy to navigate app uses GPS to pinpoint the user’s location along with citing dozens of dynamic public artworks within the City’s collection. Atlanta Public Art Tour also features vibrant color images of the collection, while providing in-depth text and audio on the history and artists of each unique piece. A printed guide of the tour, which will be available to residents and tourists alike, will be released soon as a companion tool for the app. Users can download the Atlanta Public Art Tour app for free on  iOS and Android by entering Atlanta Public Art Tour in the search menu.

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About The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

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

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

 About Tour Buddy

Tour Buddy is a multimedia mobile app development and Software Company that specializes in audio tour apps. They have been creating digital audio tours and innovative ways to distribute them since 2008.

After several years of creating and producing audio tours, Tour Buddy designed the ideal Tour Guide App that offers all the information that visitors want in an intuitive and user friendly format.  Tour Buddy continues to combine its expertise in multimedia tours with software application development to help clients deliver tour content in the most engaging format.

 

 

 

 

Gallery 72 Voted Best of Atlanta 2014 by Atlanta Magazine

 

Gallery 72 BOA14_WinnerBadge2_300pxThe Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Gallery 72 was voted among the Best of Atlanta as part of Atlanta Magazine’s Annual Best of Atlanta issue. Being named a Best of Atlanta Winner this year puts our new City gallery on par with a unique group of restaurants, retailers, and attractions that Atlanta Magazine editors and readers voted as the best the city has to offer.

The December issue of the magazine has already started hitting subscribers, and will go live on AtlantaMagazine.com on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. In the meantime, help us spread the word! For Twitter and Instagram, post using  @atlantamagazine, #BestofAtlanta, and #BOAWinner. For Facebook, be sure to like Atlanta Magazine and tag them in your posts.

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Gallery 72 Voted Best New Gallery 2014 by Creative Loafing

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Best New Gallery: Gallery 72

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The latest addition to Atlanta’s legacy of municipal galleries doubles as a testament to the value of rehabilitated urban spaces. By turning the bottom floor of the former Atlanta Journal-Constitutionheadquarters on Marietta Street into GALLERY 72, the city honored its spoken commitments to Downtown and the arts. Perhaps it’s no small irony that Courtney Hammond serves as the manager of Gallery 72 for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. As one-half of celebrated local arts organization Dashboard Co-op, Hammond, with co-founder Beth Malone, have been credited with helping to revive interest in otherwise decimated intown properties by hosting exhibits and installations in neglected buildings. A $100,000 redesign of the 3,000-square-foot space, executed by Stanley Beaman & Sears, features a nine-story outside marquee designed to mimic the movement of the modern printing press. But it’s the exhibits inside that have reflected the state of Atlanta’s art scene. The inaugural exhibit featured works from local artists, including Nikita Gale, Craig Drennen, and InKyoung Chun, curated by local galleries Saltworks, Poem 88, and Marcia Wood. A civil war-themed exhibit curated by celebrated Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey ranged from Stephen Shames’ iconic photography of the Black Panthers to South African contemporary artist Mohau Modisakeng’s art video installation of mourning, “Inzilo.” The gallery also hosted the second annual Walthall Fellowship exhibition featuring works by emerging Atlanta artists in partnership with WonderRoot and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. By working with local galleries and curators, the OCA is curating the best of, and for, Atlanta.