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City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Contracts for Arts Services Recipients



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City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Contracts for Arts Services Recipients

More than one million dollars in investment in the arts for Atlanta residents and visitors

ATLANTA – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced today the recipients for the 2015-2016 Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) awards. Each year, CAS awards general operating and project support to non-profit arts and community organizations, as well as project support to individual artists based and producing work in the City of Atlanta.

The program, initiated in 1982 to support Atlanta’s thriving arts community, awards annual contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and managerial support of artistic and cultural services in the City of Atlanta.

“Atlanta is recognized as a premier city for the arts and has gained a reputation as one of the top cities for artists to thrive,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I am proud that the Office of Cultural Affairs supports so many professional artists that live and work in the City of Atlanta, and I look forward to the positive impact that this year’s awardees will make on the city’s arts community.”

The CAS granting budget which includes matching funding has increased by 150 percent under Mayor Kasim Reed’s leadership.

“In the last five years, the City of Atlanta has increased the annual investment in the individuals and organizations that work each day to improve the quality of life in our city through the arts,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We are extremely pleased with both the quality and breadth of arts programs and projects we’ll be helping to put on throughout the City of Atlanta as a result of this highly competitive process.”

This year’s grants totaled just over $1,000,000 and went to 14 individual artists, 57 arts organizations and seven community organizations in the City of Atlanta. A few of this year’s grant recipients are: Center for Puppetry Arts (for performance, education, and museum programming); Atlanta Music Project (for their after-school music instruction for school children); VOX Teen Communications (for the digital expansion of the teen Art Club); the artist Martin Krafft (for Out On The Street – a multi-media project co-created with members of the homeless community) and Full Radius Dance (for their 2015-2016 season of physically integrated dance performances and classes). A full list of grant recipients can be found at

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 Facebook and visit their web site at (document.currentScript) {