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Art on the Atlanta BeltLine to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

ATLANTA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting programs such as Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership appreciates the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said the Partnership’s Executive Director Rob Brawner. “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine makes public art accessible to all and is representative of the broad public/private partnerships that are required to bring the Atlanta BeltLine vision to life. We’d also like to thank Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. for their leadership and vision in creating what has become the south’s largest temporary public art exhibition and one of Atlanta’s favorite fall events.”

“With 1.7 million visitors to the Atlanta BeltLine and more than 100 artworks in 2016, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine served as a critical conduit for cultural engagement and community connectivity,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We greatly appreciate the NEA’s support and recognition of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s role in contributing to Atlanta’s rich and vibrant arts scene.”

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in the City of Atlanta. Each fall, the exhibition showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. For the eighth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine will place working professionals alongside emerging artists, drawing residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta. 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 is programmed by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and receives support from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and public and private donors.

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

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Media contact:
John Becker, Communications Coordinator, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
(404) 446-4409, john@atlblp.org

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