Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has issued an open call for artists to submit to the temporary exhibition which occurs every fall along the trails. According to a media release, this year’s exhibition will undergo significant structural changes driven by community engagement and new leadership.
“The vision for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2018 will break with the traditional template of prior exhibitions,” said ABI’s Arts and Culture Program manager Miranda Kyle. “We intend to be responsive to our Atlanta BeltLine communities, building on the strength of Atlanta’s rich history and culture and reflecting the intersectionality of Atlanta’s diverse art scene.”
Following several rounds of community engagement in late 2017, a draft Art on the Atlanta BeltLine program document was unveiled at a public meeting on Jan. 25. It is intended to serve as a roadmap to a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cultural ecosystem, in which all residents have a stake. Its strategies address current concerns, such as the economic and social challenges of living and working in Atlanta, and highlight opportunities to support a thriving cultural sector well into the future.
Artists, collectives, and professionals are invited to submit proposals that are well-researched, well-planned, and feasible. Submitting artists will apply to have their work featured in any of the following components of the exhibition:
Atlanta BeltLine Walls: A two-week-long mural festival at the beginning of August. Artists will work on their walls side by side for the duration of the festival, culminating in a grand reveal and community celebration at the end of the festival.
Performance Series: Artists are invited to perform along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor throughout the timeframe of the exhibition. These performances are not limited in number of times the performances may occur, nor are they subject to any specific dates on which performances must occur. These are designed to act as a pop-up style events to creatively activate and celebrate the corridor in many locations.
Atlanta BeltLine Concert Series: Unlike its pop-up style counterpart, these may take place in several BeltLine parks including Historic Fourth Ward Park, Gordon White Park, the multipurpose field at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, and Piedmont Park. The Concert Series provides opportunities for artists that have technical requirements, and those who need a fixed location. The dates for these will be: Aug. 18 and 25.
Inertia: Artists and professionals are invited to submit proposals for this year’s sculpture exhibition along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. Sculptures may simultaneously function as a bench, pavilion, or other infrastructural component.
Lecture Series: Artists and professionals are invited to submit proposals for panel or individual discussion to address topics related to arts & culture, ethics & responsibility, equity, affordability, science & education, and transit.
Special Projects: Atlanta arts and culture organizations are invited to submit proposals that use the Atlanta BeltLine to show your work/project, host a pop-up event, and many other exciting ideas.