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ELEVATE 2016 – Call for Curator

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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.


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.


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.


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! 


Send an email to or call 404-546-6980.


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