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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) plays a vital role in the life of our City. Art and culture help us honor our history while creating an innovative, world-class future for all of Atlanta’s residents. The City of Atlanta and OCA recognize the importance of investing in the arts as well as providing connectivity between the community and government. Through the Contracts for Arts Services program Atlanta’s art organizations can apply for grant funds so that they may continue to reach and impact our residents through arts and cultural experiences. This year, 16 individual artists and 64 Atlanta arts organizations we awarded over $1 million of funding. In addition to grants programs, OCA produces free festivals where residents experience art from around the world. This year’s 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is regarded as one of the nation’s best cultural celebrations and one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, drew 200,000 attendees over the 31 Days of Jazz event and Memorial Day Weekend celebration in Piedmont Park. Performers from multiple countries and genres of Jazz thrilled the crowd on three stages including a spectacular kickoff by Atlanta’s own Joi, international acts like Etienne Charles and Eliane Elias, and Main Stage artists such as The Benny Golson Quartet and Gregory Porter. The festival also included family-friendly activities such as the Publix Kid Zone and The Mayor’s Summer Reading tent, where children received the gift of a book.

Kasim Reed Mayor

OCA also produced the 6th installment of ELEVATE, a free public art festival in downtown Atlanta. This year’s festival was curated by noted Atlanta artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou and highlighted many great artists from the Atlanta area. One of the most important programs of OCA is the Cultural Experience Project. This program ensures all of Atlanta’s public school children are afforded the opportunity to have access to Atlanta’s finest arts venues, at no cost to the student or the school. This year, our City’s youth experienced performances, exhibitions and programs through a variety of organizations including the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As we strive to make our city stronger, we must remain committed to the arts. The arts make the City of Atlanta a great place to live, an inspiring place to work and a wonderful place to visit. On behalf of the City of Atlanta and the tireless efforts of the OCA staff and volunteers, I hope you will join us in becoming an active participant in our vibrant and growing arts community. Sincerely,

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Atlanta by promoting rich and diverse cultural experiences that preserve and protect Atlanta’s cultural heritage while enhancing its international reputation as a cultural destination. OCA accomplishes this goal by not only supporting and increasing the capacity of Atlanta’s nonprofit arts sector, but individual artists as well. This year Contracts for Arts Services awarded over $1 million to 64 organizations throughout the City that in turn, provide cultural and artistic enrichment for tens of thousands of community members. 16 individual artists also received grants that allowed them to pursue their artistic endeavors and keep our City a hub of creativity. In addition to traditional grantmaking, OCA also offers the power2give.org/Atlanta crowdfunding platform. Through this tool, arts organizations may crowdfund through social media and outreach campaigns and OCA matches the funds they raise. In FY16, OCA contributed $200,000 in matching funds to 48 arts and cultural projects. OCA also provides a direct service to the community at-large by programming world-class events and spaces that are free and open to the public. This year marked the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country. The diverse talent drew crowds of over 200,000 residents and visitors to beautiful Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend. Stay tuned for plans for the 40th Anniversary Festival in May of 2017. OCA also produced ELEVATE 2015—which was themed (F)orever I (L)ove (A)tlanta. This thoughtful public art event was curated by one of Atlanta’s most celebrated contemporary artists and scholars, Fahamu Pecou. The events were covered by 53 publications and were awarded $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Some highlights of the festival included “The Art of Organized Noize” exhibition at Gallery 72, dance choreographed by Atlanta’s own T. Lang and several engaging panel discussions. OCA also supports arts education and audience development through class offerings and through the Cultural Experience Project, our partnership program with Atlanta Public Schools that sends each grade level to one of Atlanta’s premiere cultural venues free of charge. Atlanta residents and youth also receive enrichment and arts educational opportunities at Chastain Arts Center—home to artists ranging from potters, painters, drawing and more—all teaching in a tranquil park setting. The entire OCA team would like to thank Mayor Kasim Reed for his continued support of and confidence in the work that we do.  We would also like to thank the members of Mayor Reed’s administration and the Atlanta City Council.  OCA is proud to diligently continue our work of more than 40 years – to solidify the role that the arts and other cultural resources play not only in defining and enhancing the social fabric and quality of life for Atlanta’s citizens and visitors, but also in strengthening our local economy. As the OCA forges its path towards the future, we reflect on the fruitful partnerships that allow us to do this meaningful work and we look forward to continued progress and success. Sincerely,

Camille Russell Love Executive Director

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta’s cultural resources. Today the OCA understands that the arts play an essential role in defining the cultural vitality of the city and is working to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA aims to provide programs that contribute substantially to the city’s economy and quality of life.


To enhance the quality of life through cultural experiences that will expand Atlanta’s international reputation.


To promote rich and diverse cultural experiences in the city of Atlanta while preserving and protecting the city’s cultural heritage.

Maintain highest quality services.

Gain international recognition of programs.

Unify Atlanta’s cultural community through programs.

Provide culture and art all citizens & visitors.

Promote a rich and diverse cultural experience in the City of Atlanta.

Nurture artists and arts organizations.

Educate and inform citizens and visitors of the City’s cultural

Educate Atlanta on Cultural Development.

Create cultural experiences that can serve as an international model.

Use cultural experiences to enhance quality of life.

offerings. •

Support the arts community of Atlanta.

Strengthen our impact through partnerships with other organizations.

Build bridges into new communities and develop new audiences.

Preserve and protect the existing cultural heritage of the City of Atlanta.


ARTS IN EDUCATION Executive Assistant SERVICES Morgan Garriss Art Program Manager Marketing And Arts in Education Promotions Services Manager Monica D. Prothro Laura Moody Administrative Assistant, Sr. Arts in Education Dominique Hite Project Manager Cultural Experience Project Anthony Knight

PUBLIC ART SERVICES Art Program Manager Public Art Dorian McDuffie Administrative Assistant Public Art Hannah Leathers

CULTURAL FACILITIES Chastain Arts Center Facility Manager Karen Comer-Lowe

Data Reporting Outreach Specialist Analyst Chastain Arts Center Public Art; Elevate Nicholas Hemenway Gala Cude Project Manager Public Art; Collections Management Robert Witherspoon

Administrative Assistant Chastain Arts Center Alma Kadri Project Coordinator (Pottery) Chastain Arts Center Randall Moody Gallery 72 Gallery Coordinator Kevin Sipp



CULTURAL EXPERIENCE PROJECT The vision of the Cultural Experience Project is for each Atlanta Public School System student to visit one cultural venue every year at no cost to the student or the school, providing experiences that complement in-class instruction and bringing learning to life. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Cultural Experience Project served 72% of the APS student population, giving 31,240 youth the opportunity to be enriched by arts and culture.

APS Student Population Served


Donor Cash Grants


City of Atlanta In-Kind


Cultural Partners In-Kind

Pre-K: 887 students The Children’s Museum Students experienced Gateway to the World, allowing young visitors to travel to the center of the earth and back again. Step Up To Science brought science, technology, engineering and math to life! Sponsored by OCA.

Kindergarten: 3,380 students Atlanta Botanical Garden Kinder in the Garden brought students to 30 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens that featured a canopy walk through the treetops, edible garden, southeastern bog garden, children’s garden and many stunning perennial and annual plants. Sponsored by The Kendeda Fund.

1st Grade: 3,681 students High Museum of Art Students experienced Seriously Silly! The Art & Whimsy of Mo Willems, a retrospective of illustrations by the best-selling children’s book artist and author. The High Museum of Art provided tickets and instruction.

2nd Grade: 3,611 students Atlanta Ballet Students experienced The Nutcracker – featuring more than 250 of Atlanta’s young dancers, this extravagant production ushered in the season with performances by the Dew Drop Fairy, the Rat King, the Handsome Prince, and the Dancing Snowflakes. Sponsored by the Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation and the Charles Loridans Foundation.

3rd Grade: 1,004 students Chick-fil-A Innovation Center Students experienced Chick-fil-A Home Office Backstage Tour: a storytelling experience inspired by the fascinating history, culture, values and unique business model of the company and its founder, S. Truett Cathy. Students experienced an age-appropriate tour an age-appropriate tour that focuses on the following areas: character, entrepreneurship, and servant leadership. Chick-fil-A provided tours and instruction.

3rd Grade: 2,188 students Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Students experienced The President’s Travels, a new geography-inspired curriculum guide to the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum experience using the life and times of President Carter as a springboard to teach students about the world. Admission and instruction provided by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

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4th Grade: 3,872 students Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Students experienced The ART of SOUND, explored the qualities and science of sound, and how sound becomes music. Sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend, an anonymous gift, and the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation.

5th Grade: 3,081 students The Atlanta History Center “A House Divided: Perspectives on the Civil War” (Museum-Based Living History Tour) Students explored the Civil War through different perspectives including Union and Confederate soldiers, women, and enslaved workers. The Atlanta History Center provided tickets and instruction.

6th Grade: 2,300 students The Alliance Theatre Students experienced My Dream by Pearl Cleage, set during the 1906 Colored Music Festival in Atlanta, this production was workshopped through collaborative brainstorming sessions with Atlanta middle school students during spring break and summer camps to address the unique concerns of colored people. Sponsored by the Zeist Foundation.

7th Grade: 1,858 students Arts Bridge Students experienced ArcAttack featuring high tech innovation to generate a truly “electrifying” performance. Arts Bridge provided admission and instruction.

8th Grade: 2,007 students The Center for Civil and Human Rights Students experienced a guided tour of the new, internationally renowned Center for Civil and Human Rights galleries featuring interactive experiences of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and issues of contemporary human rights from around the globe. Sponsored by PNC Bank.

High School 1: 1,058 students Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

High School 4: 624 Students The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Students experienced The President’s Travels, a new geography-inspired curriculum guide to the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum experience using the life and times of President Carter as a springboard to teach students about the world. Admission and instruction provided by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Students experienced a guided tour of the new, internationally renowned Center for Civil and Human Rights galleries featuring interactive experiences of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and issues of contemporary human rights from around the globe. Sponsored by PNC Bank.

High School 2: 463 students Atlanta Opera

High School 5: 937 students Georgia Tech Office of the Arts

Students experienced La Boheme, the story of students living in Paris who, despite poverty and illness, are inspired by one of the world’s most artistically vibrant cities to dream of love and a bright future. Sponsored by the Arts Bridge Foundation.

Students experienced Sandra Wright Chen – Winner of the International Piano Competition of France and the Taiwan National Piano Competition, performing both as a soloist and with the Georgia Tech Orchestra. Tour and instruction provided by Georgia Tech Office of the Arts.

High School 3: 466 students The CDC Museum Students experienced Resettling In America: Georgia’s Refugee Communities. This exhibit examined the diverse refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East living in metropolitan Atlanta. Tours provided by the CDC Museum.

High School 6: 387 students Museum of Design Atlanta Students experienced 3D Printing the Future, an immersive experience that guided students through the evolution of a design from a computer to a 3D printed object and demonstrated how a 3D printer actually works. Sponsored by MODA.

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High School 7: 455 students Rialto Center for the Arts Students experienced a Latin jazz performance by Jerry Fields and Vecinos Del Mundo. They also heard veteran Atlanta musicians Orquesta MaCuba and Eddie & Mayi Lopez. Sponsored by OCA.

High School 8: 461 True Colors Theatre Students experienced Fetch Clay, Make Man – in the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay’s most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star, Stepin Fetchit. Sponsored by MailChimp and the Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation.

High School 9: 382 students Oakland Cemetery Students toured Oakland Cemetery with a docent through the cemetery’s original six acres, the African American Grounds, Jewish sections, Confederate Memorial Grounds, and other burial areas. Sponsored by Historic Oakland Foundation (with support from the Jack and Anne Glenn Foundation).

High School 10: 326 students Atlanta Shakespeare Company Students experienced Romeo and Juliet – a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. Sponsored by Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

CONTRACTS FOR ARTS SERVICES: Grants to the Community The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs offers funding support to the Atlanta arts community through a variety of channels each year. OCA aims to strengthen Atlanta’s cultural vitality and contribute to economic development by providing stabilizing or programmatic funds for creative organizations and professionals who enrich the city’s cultural capital.

Interested in applying? Check our website below: ocaatlanta.com/?programs=contracts-for-arts-services

CONTRACTS FOR ARTS SERVICES In FY16, Contracts for Arts Services awarded over $1 million in funding support to 64 organizations and 13 individual artists. Through these funds, local organizations and artists are able to provide creative experiences for all Atlanta residents and contribute to the overall creative culture of the City.




MAJOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS $620,000 Larger organizations with longstanding histories in Atlanta are awarded in the Major Arts Organization category.



7 Stages $35,000

Actor’s Express $25,000

Alliance Theatre $ 35,000

Atlanta Ballet $35,000

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company $40,000


High Museum of Art



Small to midsize organizations are awarded in the Arts Organizations category.

Horizon Theatre Company

Art Papers


Atlanta Moving in Contemporary Art the Spirit Center $40,000 $25,000

Atlanta Shakespeare Company $25,000

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia $25,000

National Black Atlanta Symphony Arts Festival Orchestra $25,000 $25,000

Center for Puppetry Arts

ArtsATL.com $6,000

Atlanta Celebrates Photography $10,000

Atlanta Chamber Players $10,000

Atlanta Film The Atlanta Opera Festival $25,000

$ 40,000

Theatrical Outfit

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

True Colors Theatre Company





Atlanta Jewish Film Society $6,000

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival $10,000

Atlanta Music Project



Atlanta Freedom Bands

Atlanta Printmakers Studio


BronzeLens Film Festival $9,000

BURNAWAY $12,000

C4 Atlanta



Bent Frequency

Dance Canvas



Dashboard Co-op



$ 10,000

Urban Youth Harp Whole World Ensemble Improv Theatre

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Out of Hand Theater



Voices of Note






Flux Projects

Piccadilly Puppets

VSA Arts of Georgia




Fox Theatre $8,000

Room To Move Dance

Full Radius Dance $2,500 $9,000

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts $8,000

GLO $8,000

Hammonds House Museum $6,000

Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band $3,000

Synchronicity Theater $10,000

The Atlanta Boy Choir $10,000

The Essential Theatre $5,000

The Wren’s Nest $10,000

Theatre du Reve $8,000

COMMUNITY CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS $34,000 Community Organizations that employ arts programming to fulfill their missions are awarded in the Community Cultural Development category.

Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta



Atlanta Preservation Center

Grant Park Conservancy



Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University $7,000

VOX Teen Communications $6,000

YMCA of Metro Atlanta $4,000

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST PROJECTS $28,000 Practicing professional artists living and working in the City of Atlanta are awarded in the Artist Project category.

Gregor Turk $4,000

Jessica ScottFelder $4,000


Kathryn Kolb



Kris Pilcher $4,000

Martin Krafft

Emerging Artist Award recognizes and rewards rising professional artists of notable talent and demonstrated ability living and creating art in the City of Atlanta.

Fred Amponsah



Scott Daughtridge

Kenya Freeman



Kris Pilcher $1,500

Natasha Taylor $1,500

Rachael Riedinger $1,500

Scott Daughtridge $1,500

Tracy Nicole Prather $1,500

POWER2GIVE.ORG/ ATLANTA power2give.org/Atlanta is our crowdfunding platform designed to leverage additional support for the arts by connecting private individual donors to Atlanta arts projects in need of funding. In FY16, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs contributed $200,000 in matching funds which funded 48 art and cultural projects. Since inception, P2G has generated $1,718,000 for the arts in Atlanta, funding 250 projects.

7 Stages $10,000

Actor’s Express $10,000

Atlanta Ballet $1,780

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival $7,008

Atlanta Music Project $5,000

Atlanta Atlanta Boy Choir Preservation $5,000 Center Atlanta Chamber Players $3,989


Atlanta Shakespeare Company $2,459

Bent Frequency $2,000

BronzeLens $5,000

C4 Atlanta $5,000

Center for Puppetry Arts $5,000


$200,000 AWARDED IN 2016

Learn more about power2give: power2give.org/Atlanta

FESTIVALS: The 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival Regarded as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz that begins in April and culminates each Memorial Day weekend, with an outdoor festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, featuring jazz artists from all over the world. AJF 2016 reached 200,000 individuals and featured artists from across the globe and multiple jazz genres.

FRIDAY Main Stage DJ: KP The Great

Next Collective JOI



Locals Stage

Main Stage

Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars

DJ: Enoch IS Real


International Stage

Main Stage

DJ: King Ace Beats

DJ: Enoch IS Real


Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra

Camila Meza Quartet

Tomeka Reid

Mabu’s Ark Band


Alex Lattimore

Mette Henriette

Mette Henriette

Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles

Late night jazz jam // park tavern at piedmont park

Theo Croker Jamison Ross Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

DJ: Enoch IS Real

Russell Gunn Quartet

Navy Band Southeast V.I.P. Protocol Combo Eugenie Jones The Headhunters The Benny Golson Quartet Gregory Porter

Locals Stage Band Room Nation Anonymous DaBand Joe Alterman Trio Chandra Currelley

International Stage DJ: King Ace Beats

Assaf Kehati Trio Tatran Daby Touré Eliane Elias




31 DAYS OF JAZZ: The 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival season offered at least one jazz event per day during the month of May at venues across the Atlanta region who present local and touring jazz musicians throughout the year. The City Council also offered free jazz experiences through the Neighborhood Jazz Series held in public parks throughout the City. Thousands of Atlanta neighbors came out to enjoy the music and fellowship each weekend in May.

Neighborhood Jazz Series May 1 Perkerson Park Joyce Shepard

May 21 May 8 Oakland Cemetery Washington Park Natalyn Archibong Ivory Lee Young

May 7 Adams Park Keisha LanceBottoms

May 22 May 15 John Howell Park West Manor Park Ceasar Mitchell Alex Wan & Andre Dickens


ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL INCORPORATED Established in 2012, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission and purposes of Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. are to raise awareness, provide support, solicit corporate sponsorships, and conduct fundraising activities in support of the three-day Atlanta Jazz Festival event in Piedmont Park; to present educational programs to teach and preserve the rich history of jazz; and to raise visibility of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the associated 31 Days of Jazz during the month of May as a cultural institution in Atlanta and beyond.

Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. Board of Directors Board Chair


Vikki Millender-Morrow

Peter David Conlon

Legal Counsel


Joseph V. (“Jay�) Myers III

Pascal Lewis


Ex-Officio Member Eugene Duffy Camille Russell Love

Sr., Ex-Officio Member Eddie Bridgeman

Member Hillary Dunson

Member Erich Randolph

Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc. Society Members William Alexander & Alvarita Hanson James Anderson Dwight Andrews

Donna Northington Vicki & John Palmer

Essene Bell Kathleen Bertrand

Michael & Donata Ross

Carla Booker

Celestine Simmons

Gary Cassis

Frank & Robyn Sims

Rod & Brooke Edmond

Jennifer Thompson & Kenny Leon

Patrice & Ernest Greer Dan & Sonya Halpern Leslie R. Holmes, MD Valerie Jackson Gregory Johnson Justin Lampley

Corporate Sponsors

Les & Laura Netter

Armond & Sharon Perkins

Steve Ewing


Gregory Williams Mtaminika Youngblood AIDS Healthcare Foundation Seyfarth Shaw Charitable Foundation

Corporate Vendors Power Home Remodeling


Cholula Hot Sauce


Wind Creek Hospitality

A&E/History Channel

Cricket Wireless

Georgia's Own Credit Union

Stubb's BBQ

ELEVATE Hosted annually in downtown Atlanta by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, ELEVATE is a temporary public art program that seeks to activate the downtown Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. The focus of Elevate is to enhance the cultural offerings in downtown Atlanta, and highlight what makes Atlanta unique. The program looks to provide free, quality cultural experiences with the desired outcome of increasing cultural and economic vitality.


TOTAL ARTICLES OF PRESS COVERAGE (Including Huffington Post & Washington Times)




ELEVATE 2015: F(OREVER) I L(OVE) A(TLANTA) F.I.L.A. was curated by Atlanta artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou and celebrated what makes Atlanta unique and special through visual art, performances, and events that showcase Atlanta – past, present, and future.

ELEVATE 2016 PROGRAMMING Program Highlights from ELEVATE 2015 •

Opening Block Party

The Art of Organized Noize Exhibition

Lift Art Salon

Curator Tour

T. Lang Dance – LIT

Intersessions: The Artx of Hip-Hop Dialogues Panel Discussion

Next: Raising the Temperature with New Arts Panel Discussion

The Art of organized Noize Panel Discussion

Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion

In an effort to provide additional opportunities for local artists to show and perform their works, OCA decided to extend ELEVATE programming yearround beginning in with a spring West End Public Art Bike Tour as part of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Atlanta Streets Alive! event. The City’s Public Art Collection was promoted alongside Living Walls murals and Art on the Atlanta Beltline. This was the first public art bike tour the city had done in the West End neighborhood.

PUBLIC ART Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) is charged with administering the development and management of public art projects for Atlanta City Government. OCA/PAP also provides programs and services that support our arts community while improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors.


$22 Million


Conservation & Maintenance conserved 28 works

8 pieces of public art were restored

53 artworks were assessed for condition

A new mural, "Window to the Sky" by Italian artist Agostino Lacurci, was installed in the Ben Hill community in partnership with Herman Miller Cares and All City Canvas.

Hardy Ivy Park received a temporary public art piece titled "Bull" by local sculptor Andrew Crawford. The work will be on view for 2 years.

"Hard Days Work Shack" created by Beverly Buchanan was restored and is ready for public display again.






Explore the public art collection on your own by downloading our Free app. Search “Atlanta Public Art Tour” in the app stores of Mac and Android.

Online Artist Registry added 73 new artists to the registry of over 250 professional artists Review the Artist Registry here: ocaatlanta.com/arts-hub/#search/artists

FACILITIES GALLERY 72: Focusing on local talent and serving as an institution that supports individual artists, local galleries, arts organizations and curators, Gallery 72 is dedicated to presenting stimulating and thoughtprovoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s art offerings.

July 17 - Sept. 4, 2015: I Bear Witness. For this exhibition photographer Richard Allen DuCree selected a body of work that to act as a visual bridge between generations engaged in movements for social justice. Invoking the memories of past struggles and accomplishments while firmly committing his eye to the unrest and civil rights issues of our contemporary culture, DuCree showed us all the face of our ongoing reach for peace, justice and true democracy.

Sept. 10 - Oct. 8th 2015: Freedom Expressions ATL II, Ghost Slavery: Art Against Human Trafficking.” This exhibition is a revised re-mounting of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport exhibition, “Freedom Expressions ATL” and showcased artists’ works that focus on the issue of human trafficking and act as a call to action to raise awareness and commit us all to ending modern day slavery. Additional Programming: Human Trafficking Public Forum and Film Screening: “Interstate 20” by Marjé Etheridge.

October 15, 2015 – November 12, 2015: The Art of Organized Noize. This exhibition, curated by Fahamu Pecou, traced the legacy of Organized Noize and their Dungeon Family Collective (which includes Outkast, Goodie Mob, Joi, Slimm Cutta Calhoun, Big Rube and more) from their dirt-floor basements to stages around the world. The exhibition featured archival items from Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family including photographs, artwork, studio equipment, notebooks, costumes and more. This presentation was part of ELEVATE 2015.


November 19, 2015 – January 20, 2016: PATTERNS OF FLIGHT:TCP #ARTOFCOMMUNITY EXHIBITION. Gallery 72 hosted the annual exhibition for The Creatives Project 2015 Resident Artists. A vital force in Atlanta’s arts community, The Creatives Project strengthens and unites arts, education, community and commerce by creating an arts eco-system that empowers eager citizens to recognize Atlanta’s potential. They accomplish this goal by engaging fresh resources, implementing crucial and deliberate arts and culture initiatives and leading arts-based education. TCP patrons donate subsidized housing and free studio space to support our artists as they serve Atlanta neighborhoods by generating vibrant and fertile communities poised for economic growth and development.

February 25th – April 7th, 2016: “Come Over,” an exhibition by award winning artist Paul Stephen Benjamin focused on the politics of aesthetics, (mis) representation, and cultural assumption. Words and images, unhinged from their initial context and meaning, were re-mixed into critical confrontations that called into question our historical perceptions of ourselves and others. Benjamin used language and visuals to interrogate long established cultural narratives, and their casual acceptance by and effect on the American public.

April 14- June 30, 2016: Cynthia Farnell’s dual installation Ancestors and Milk and Wine were explorations of cultural and personal memory via the intertextual relationships between photographs, objects and projected images. Ancestors was a surreal mingling of mythological and archetypal imagery related to Farnell’s ancestral ties in Alabama and the Caribbean. Milk and Wine used her father’s lifelong hobby of cultivating lilies to explore how we incorporate, carry, and pass on memory, place and identity.

CHASTAIN ARTS CENTER & GALLERY The Chastain Arts Center is tucked away in the heart of Buckhead within Chastain Park. The Center is home to artists including potters, painters, drawing, jewelers, etc. Chastain Arts Center provides the community with a nurturing place for expert artists, as well as beginners, to learn, create, and experience visual arts. The Chastain Arts Center Gallery showcases exhibits of local and national artists in professional exhibitions as well as exhibits for students and instructors of the arts center to display their work.





EXHIBITIONS: July 17-September 12, 2015: The Drawing Experiment The Drawing Experiment examined the immediacy of drawing and varied approaches to the use of line within a composition. The works were site specific and temporary. Artists were invited to create a drawing onsite, directly onto the walls in dry media for two and a half weeks. Participating artists included Georgia based artists including –Jessica Caldas, Elyse Defoor, William Downs, Jessica Scott Felder, Angus Galloway, Benjamin Jones, Marie Mathews, Julio Mejia, Yanique Norman, Joe Peragine, Kellie Romany, and Karl Kroeppler.

chastain arts center & Gallery


September 25 - November 7 Selections from the Atlanta Printmakers Studio Chastain Arts Center invited artists from the Atlanta Printmakers Studio to be part of this exhibition that examines the diversity in printmaking and varied approaches of using the medium. Participating Artists were Craig Cameron, Terri Dilling, Steve Dininno, Kathy Garrou Jerushia Graham, Susan Ker-Seymer, Julia Kjelgaard, Eleanor Neal, Eric Neubauer Gina Reynoso, Katie Ridley, Stacie Rose, Stephanie Smith, Deborah Sosower, Whitney Stansell, Ann Stewart, Joe Tsambiras, and Judith Winograd.


January 22 – March 4 Sarah Hobbs | Susie Winton: Perspectives of the Unexpected This Photography based exhibition explored the contrast and a similarity of both artists’ works of art, while different in scale, the work is connected through concept.



Susie Winton presented mixed media photographs of disregarded views. Captured throughout her travels, the photographs were taken inadvertently or are partially obscured by an errant thumb or finger. They were presented in a small format which invited the viewer to examine the subjects closely, while elevating the neglected to a coveted view. Sarah Hobbs presented extravagant installations of a visual example of neuroses. The work presented the question of our domestic spaces and what that space reflects about us. It posed the question of the psychology of our personal spaces. We live our fixations even when we are consciously trying to overcome them. Often presented in domestic spaces, the photographs presented a contemporary view of obsession.



COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR Saturday, September 26th, 2015 Pottery on the Porch Chastain Arts Center hosted its annual marketplace event organized by the Chastain Friends of the Arts, Pottery on the Porch. The event featured work by students and instructors.

November 13th, 2015 – January 4th, 2016 Holiday Show & Sale Students and Instructors were invited to showcase and sell their works from pottery, paintings, drawings, jewelry, and more to the public during the holiday months.

Saturday, March 26th, 2016 Jewelry Trunk Show Students and Instructors from the Jewelry Program at the Chastain Arts Center presented their work in the Chastain Arts Center Gallery.

April 23rd – May 28th, 2016 Spring Show & Sale Students and Instructors were invited to showcase and sell their works from pottery, paintings, drawings, jewelry, etc., to the public during the spring months.

Chastain Friends of the Arts The Friends of Chastain supports the center for the upkeep and beautification of the Arts Center. They have replaced the tables throughout the arts center and have created yard signs to assist in promoting center events.

FUNDING 2015-2016

THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE PROJECT Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation

Historic Oakland Foundation




Kilpatrick Townsend




ArtsBridge Foundation

Mail Chimp

The Kendeda Fund




Charles Loridans Foundation

Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Inc.


$12,500 Georgia Power Foundation


PNC Bank


with support from the Jack and Anne Glenn Foundation

Zeist Foundation





from the National Endowment for the Arts for ELEVATE 2015: F(orever) I L(ove) A(tlanta) – F.I.L.A.



from the National Endowment for the Arts “Imagine Your Parks Grant” in conjunction with the centennial of the National Parks program.



from the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grant for a partnership with the Atlanta Beltline.

kasim reed, mayor of atlanta mayor’s office of cultural affairs 233 peachtree street, suite 1700 atlanta, ga www.atlantaga.gov

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