Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has been approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant to support Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the largest outdoor temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta and the largest in the South. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.”
“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership appreciates the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said ABP Executive Director Rob Brawner. “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine provides access to public art for everyone and is representative of the broad public/private partnerships that are necessary to bring the Atlanta BeltLine vision to life. We’d also like to thank Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) for their leadership and vision in creating what has become the south’s largest temporary public art exhibition and one of Atlanta’s most popular public art events.”
“For over ten years, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has invited people to explore and discover cultural experiences in a connected corridor around the city,” said Clyde Higgs, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for funding this exhibition of visual and performing arts – all free, open to the public, and welcoming for all ages – that enables equitable art for communities around the Atlanta BeltLine.”
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, musicians, lecturers, and art historians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This spectacular exhibition provides opportunities to artists in every stage of their careers to display work for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Atlanta BeltLine every year. Recently, it has expanded to a year-round exhibition that includes BeltLine Walls (murals), BeltLine Flow (performance series), BeltLine Concert Series, “A City for All” sculpture exhibition, “BeltLine After Dark” festival, an Artist-in-Residence program, and special projects.
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine showcases how art strengthens and beautifies current and former industrial areas with seven miles of linear gallery space, making art free and accessible to all. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine touches almost 20 intown communities. 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, visit www.Art.BeltLine.org.
For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.