Year five of temporary exhibition to get crowd-funding boost
Atlanta – The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) has launched a $150,000 campaign on URUUT, an Atlanta-based crowd-funding platform, to help fund the fifth annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition.Now the largest temporary public art exhibition in the southeast, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine returns this fall with nearly 100 works of visual and performing art. Every dollar raised will go directly to support the exhibition and artists’ work. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online here.
“The Atlanta BeltLine is delivering an experience that enriches neighborhoods, improves quality of life, and reclaims and beautifies a public space,” said Rob Brawner, Interim Executive Director and Program Director of ABLP. “Free public art cannot happen without support. A financial donation is the most direct and immediate way of voicing support for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s power to reflect the character of our communities. We are now calling on Atlantans to make it your Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.”
Kicking off with the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade on September 6, the free exhibition runs through November 15, turning paved and interim hiking trails around the Atlanta BeltLine into an outdoor gallery space, exemplifying the transformative nature of Atlanta’s largest redevelopment program. Selected artists are awarded up to $6,000 for commissioned work.
“Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has captured the community’s imagination and embodies our aspirations for the city,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “The largest exhibition in the city’s history is now in the national spotlight, and this year everyone will have the opportunity to help make it great. We want the fifth year to be the biggest yet, bringing more art to our communities.”
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine positions emerging artists alongside established artists, and many artists accepted in 2014 have made multiple appearances in the exhibition. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is and always has been an attraction that is free and open to the public, capitalizing on the beauty and connectivity of the Atlanta BeltLine’s parks and trails with sculptures, murals, and three weekends of performances throughout September and October.
More than 240 proposals were submitted with nearly 100 visual and performance pieces selected including works of sculpture, dance, murals, theater, outdoor concerts, parades, performance art, and others. Together with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, ABI distributed a call for artists earlier this year. Applicants were asked to propose temporary works of art that represent the spirit of the exhibition. Proposals were reviewed for artistic merit, originality, feasibility, and community engagement.
About the Atlanta BeltLine: The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.
About Art on the Atlanta BeltLine: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is largest temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta. It showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This spectacular project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, and draws residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city and its vibrant neighborhoods. The exhibition showcases how art strengthens and beautifies current and former industrial areas and creates signature spaces exemplifying the transformation of the city through the Atlanta BeltLine. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine touches almost 20 intown communities.