The grant is part of the NEA’s first major funding project of the fiscal year, providing more than $25 million in grants for art projects nationwide.
ABI’s grant is from the Art Works category, which is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that “focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts,” the release said.
The largest temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine highlights the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, drawing residents and visitors into unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta.
“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership appreciates the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Rob Brawner said. “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. 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.”
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is programmed by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and receives support from both the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and public and private donors. Touching almost 20 in-town communities, the exhibition focus on how art strengthens and beautifies current and former industrial areas and creates signature spaces exemplifying the transformation of the city through the Atlanta BeltLine.
“Art on the Atlanta BeltLine would not be possible without the support of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and patron organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts,” President and CEO of ABI Brian McGowan said in the press release. “Once again, we are excited that the exhibition’s potential to promote equity and inclusivity in the arts culture has been recognized on a national level. This year, the award from NEA will have a profound impact on the program as we respond to the community’s vision for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.”
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, click here.