We have seen the photos that were installed on the Westside Trail and we are gravely concerned that those images were a part of this year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit displayed in the community. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine was created to make art accessible to everyone by bringing the exhibit to public spaces and in doing so, be respectful of the community. The photos that were displayed did not reflect our commitment to do that. The community is understandably and justifiably upset and for that we humbly apologize. We make no excuses and are in the process of investigating the process of how this occurred in order to take the most appropriate action to ensure this does not happen again. This includes seeking new ways to involve communities in the art selection process so that it is inclusive and respectful of their rich and vibrant history.
On September 14th at our 3rd Quarterly Briefing we will provide an update to the community on the Art of the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit and we look forward to hearing your concerns and getting your feedback on ways we can improve the process. That meeting will take place from 6-8 pm at Booker T. Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography has offered a statement on their website: ACP Statement about “The Georgia FENCE” at Art on the BeltLine