The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has long recognized the need for a robust arts and culture community to keep the region flourishing. As far back as Vision 2020 in the 1990s and continuing through Fifty Forward a decade later, ARC documented that thriving communities require more than infrastructure and a strong economy. The region’s soul must be fed, and arts and cultural opportunities lead to a vibrant region.
With this in mind, the ARC board decided to continue the work begun by the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition by incorporating arts and culture into our planning portfolio. Guided by an advisory committee of regional stakeholders and initiated by an interdisciplinary team of ARC staff, ARC identified six areas where the agency brings value to the regional arts and culture community:
- Visualizing data: understanding the dynamics, demographics and numbers that underpin the cultural economy of the region
- Building participation: encouraging collaboration to cultivate audiences and patronage
- Creating a sustainable workforce: supporting the education pipeline that will maintain the region’s creative industries
- Supporting and developing leadership: ensuring the visibility of arts and culture to regional leadership
- Placemaking: creating livable, attractive and unique environments
Fostering innovation: exploring new topics in arts, culture and creative industries
Atlanta Regional Public Art Program
The Atlanta Regional Public Art Program provides matching funding through a competitive grant process to help communities install public art across the 10 County Metro Atlanta Region. Each work of art will celebrate a community’s unique identity while symbolizing the commonalities of our region.
For each cycle of funding, the program will provide a unifying regional theme. Participating organizations will select their artists and design a community engagement process to interpret the theme for their communities. The Atlanta Regional Commission will provide training and technical assistance to support the collaborative public art process.
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New Arts and Culture publications
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The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Report
The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Report provides an overview of ARC’s growing series of conversations about the importance of arts and culture in the Atlanta region.
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Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Update
The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Update highlights the arts and culture activities ARC has completed since absorbing the work of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition in 2012. The brochure also provides a look at the work ARC anticipates for the future.