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Parade serves as kick-off event for the South’s largest temporary public art exhibition
ATLANTA (July 27, 2017) — The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) is pleased to announce that Cox Enterprises and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center will serve as Presenting Sponsors for the 2017 Lantern Parade on September 9. Ponce City Market will also support the parade as a Platinum Sponsor.
The Lantern Parade marks the beginning of this year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the largest temporary public art exhibition in the South. The parade is a two-mile pedestrian procession of light and sound that winds down the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, beginning at Krog and Irwin Streets in Inman Park and ending at 10th Street and Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park. Created by and featuring Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, since 2010 the Lantern Parade has brought tens of thousands of participants and spectators together to illuminate the Atlanta BeltLine and celebrate the benefits of art in the local community. A lantern is required to participate in the parade, and a series of lantern-making workshops open to the public will be held in the days leading up to the event. Lanterns are not required for spectators watching the parade.
“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership deeply appreciates Cox Enterprises’ and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s generous support of the Lantern Parade,” said the Partnership’s Executive Director Rob Brawner. “We are also very grateful to Ponce City Market for their support of the parade and for their leadership role in sponsoring Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.”
Cox Enterprises’ support of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is part of the company’s national Cox Conserves sustainability program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Through its related entities, Cox is the largest private donor to the Atlanta BeltLine, and the organization’s inaugural capital campaign was led by Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy. Cox employees have also participated in numerous volunteer cleanup projects along the Atlanta BeltLine.
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center has sponsored the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade for the past three years, and is a sponsor of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Free Fitness Class series, including Hiking with Dogs classes offered by REI. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center is located just a few blocks from the Atlanta BeltLine, and its employees participate in the Lantern Parade every year.
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has presented Art on the Atlanta BeltLine since 2010. Major support for this program is provided by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
The Lantern Parade and Art on the Atlanta BeltLine are free events. However, guests can donate to support the arts and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership here.
John Becker, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
(404) 446-4409, firstname.lastname@example.org
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