This year’s exhibition will undergo significant structural changes driven by extensive community engagement and new leadership, an ABI press release said. ABI’s Arts and Culture Program Manager, Miranda Kyle, joined the team in 2017 with a “fresh approach to the exhibition.”
“The vision for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2018 will break with the traditional template of prior exhibitions,” Kyle said. “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.”
The document serves as the first comprehensive cultural plan for ABI, and is intended to “serve as a roadmap to a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cultural ecosystem, in which all residents have a stake,” the release said.
Among the document’s main concerns are the economic and social challenges of living and working in Atlanta, as well as providing opportunities to support a thriving cultural sector.
The January meeting also gathered more public feedback, which will be incorporated into the final document, ABI said.
Artists, collectives, and professionals can 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: August 18th and 25th, 2018.
- 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 – We invite Atlanta arts and culture organizations to submit proposals that use the Atlanta BeltLine to show your work/project, host a pop-up event, and many other exciting ideas.