Freedom Garden will be built on the site of the old MLK Natatorium in the Old Fourth Ward. (File)
Freedom Garden will be built on the site of the old MLK Natatorium in the Old Fourth Ward. (File)

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will be used to develop and place large-scale public artworks in the new park planned for the site of the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in the Old Fourth Ward.

“The Office of Cultural Affairs is honored to receive this grant, and we look forward to installing meaningful artwork that will honor and celebrate the contributions of our city’s civil rights icons,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

In commemoration of the National Park Service’s Centennial in August 2016, this particular round of NEA Art Works grants supported projects connected to National Park Service Sites. The OCA project, Freedom Garden, will focus on honoring the legacy of Mrs. Coretta Scott King and other prominent female contributors to the Civil Rights Movement.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “City will use $50,000 grant for art in new Civil Rights park”

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