Organizations converged on the offices of lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to make the case for government support of the arts; the gathering was planned long before the President’s proposed budget (and its gutting of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities, and more) was announced.
If you wonder how the proposed budget affects the arts here in Atlanta, consider that Art on the Beltline has received support from the NEA, and we’ve worked with Art on the Beltline for the last three years to bring THE FENCE to the Eastside Trail.
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is reliant on funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and from there, distributes grants to arts non-profits (like ACP) across Georgia. For a recent example, GCA supported the publication of the photography/poetry anthology of Georgia photographers & poets last year: Inspired Georgia.
Waduda Muhammad from ACP was on the ground in DC this week. Here’s her report:
"“This year’s Americans for the Arts “30th Arts Advocacy Day” couldn’t have come at a more necessary time. It took place shortly after President Trump proposed his budget which included a proposal to eliminate the entire budget for the National Endowment for the Arts. As a Board Member with Georgia Arts Network (which is Georgia’s State Arts Action Network) I understood that now more than ever our advocacy efforts were needed. This would be my first time attending AAD and it couldn’t be a more exciting time to go.
About 50 of us who sit on State Arts Action Networks throughout the US convened in Washington D.C. on Sunday. The day was filled with intense advocacy training including legislative updates, state of the state reporting, crafting our messaging, scheduling congressional visits with our local congressmen and much more. The climate among fellow advocates ranged from enthusiastic, to emotionally challenging, and at times uneasy uncertainty about our challenge. Monday, we were joined by 600+ individuals from across the US to engage in more conversations, presentations, workshops and breakout sessions. The evening ended with an outstanding lecture by Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
Tuesday arrived and it was time. A town hall rally in the Senate House became a turning point for me. I had no idea that we would be in the company of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Alaskan Senator Lisa Merkowski, and Congressman John Lewis, District 5 Representative from Atlanta.
Eleven of us came from Georgia; we represented 8 GA districts and together we met with 14 GA district representatives. My most anticipated meeting of the day was with Seema Ibrahim, assistant to my Congressman, David Scott, of District 13. My message was simple; “the NEA is in jeopardy of being eliminated, I am here from GA and I am a resident in your district. I need your support in advocating for continued funding for the NEA”.
In the end, Congressman David Scott is one of many members of Congress who’ve declared their support for continued funding of the NEA. A sigh of relief?—?but there is more work to be done.”
"Being in Atlanta, we are lucky to be the beneficiaries of robust arts agencies like the FCAC and The Mayor’s OCA. Those agencies, overlaid with GCA, makes for a truly robust arts community. In places around the state that may not have thriving municipal arts councils, the GCA’s grants are even more important to the cultural ecosystem.
I look at it this way: Georgia’s businesses are why we need to live here?—?they enrich our networks and our wallets. Georgia’s beauty is why we like living here?—?it enriches our state of being. Georgia’s arts and culture offerings are why we thrive here?—?they enrich our hearts and minds.
Eliminating the NEA (particularly without a plan?—?or even a conversation!?—?to mitigate the impact) would make a statement about our country’s priorities. The proposed dismantling of the NEA leaves a rancid taste in my mouth.”
ACP is beyond thrilled to receive our first NEA Art Works grant! The Art Works category supports the creation of work as well as presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts. This $12,000 grant will support ACP's public art initiatives in 2016.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said:
"The arts are part of our everyday lives - no matter who you are or where you live - they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Atlanta Celebrates Photography offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."
We couldn't agree more.
It is time to be thankful and thankful we are! This past October, ACP promoted more than 100 events, almost 1000 photographers and raised awareness of Metro Atlanta's cultural offerings to more than 300,000 people. We couldn't do it without supporters like you.
I wanted to reach out because it's a special day. Today is Georgia Gives Day! I hope you will consider making a gift to ACP as we aim to make Atlanta a leading center for the world's fastest growing art form. If you appreciate what we do, please let us know. No gift is too small, and will go a long way toward helping our tiny organization celebrate the power of the photographic image. We thank you!
Join with us to make 2016 the best ACP Festival yet.
- Amy Miller
(Executive Director, Atlanta Celebrates Photography)
It's been an incredible festival and we want to hear from you!
From an installation of two photo-artists on a MARTA train, to lectures from Lynsey Addario, Roe Ethridge, Zeng Yi & Kathryn Kolb; a fantastic year of My Atlanta Exhibition at Ponce City Market; a gathering of photobooks and photobook publishers at the Decatur Book Festival; THE FENCE on the eastside trail of the Atlanta Beltline; an evening of documentary films on Southern photographers, and a panel discussion on the ins-and-outs of Instagram, it's been an #acpfest to remember.
We really appreciate your support of the ACP Auction, your involvement across the social media spectrum (especially Instagram and Twitter), and your volunteerism, which helped My Atlanta Exhibition significantly expand its hours this year.
Be sure to check-out the remaining events below, there are plenty of participating venues who'll be showing photography well into 2016!
Please tell us what you're thinking in our annual survey, and thank you for your continued support. We're already looking forward to next year, our 18th!
Upcoming Events at Participating Venues:
Nov. 5th: Curator's lunch at Marcia Wood Gallery Midtown
Nov. 6th: Artist's reception for Images from India at Pace Academy
Nov. 7th: FLUX NIGHT 2015: DREAM
Nov. 7th: Andrew Feiler artist's talk
Nov. 14th: Opening reception for Ansel Adams: Before & After
Nov. 19th: Raymond Smith artist's talk
Exhibitions at Participating Venues Ending In Nov/Dec:
AAC at The Buckhead Library ends Nov. 2nd
Rob Simmons at Callenwolde, ends Nov. 6th
Views of Portraiture at Mason Fine Art through Nov. 6th
Hastings Huggins at Collective One through Nov. 6th
"Circle of Light" at Lumiere through Nov. 7th
ACP Special Exhibition "Teen Spirit" through Nov. 7th
Women in Focus XXII through Nov. 7th
#weloveatl at Paris on Ponce through Nov. 8th
Albert Chong at Hammonds House Museum through Nov. 8th
Juliana DeRosa at BEE through Nov. 14th
Cy Matthews Semrau through Nov. 14th
Bold (feminine) at Marcia Wood Gallery Midtown
Booth Photography Guild at Booth Western Art Museum through Nov. 15th
APG@ATL: The Airport Show through Nov. 18th
RPS Open Exhibit at Roswell Visual Arts Center & Gallery through Nov. 20th
Nine: ViewPoints at pb&j gallery through Nov. 20th
Mary Stanley Selects at APG through Nov. 21st
Portfolio Center Student Photographers through Nov. 24th
Sheila Pree Bright at MOCA GA through Nov. 28th
Marcia Vaitsman at Whitespace through Nov. 28th
Andrew Feiler at AUC through Nov. 29th
SHOTS 2015 at Showcase School of Photography through Dec. 3rd
Exhibitions at Participating Venues Ending In 2016:
Everything Must Go at AIR Serenbe through Jan. 1st
P. Seth Thompson at Arnall Golden Gregory through Jan. 8th
Brett Weston at the High Museum of Art through Jan. 10th
Flight at Aviation Community Cultural Center through Jan. 15th
Zeng Yi at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum through Jan. 17th
Alec Soth at Gallery 1600 through Jan. 20th
On Being Black at Arnika Dawkins Gallery through Jan. 22nd
Ansel Adams: Before & After through Mar. 20th
Roswell Photographic Society at Anna Lee's through August
Roswell Photographic Society at Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce through September
Imagine you're having an exhibition of your own photography and people are arriving to see the prints you've made. Put yourself in that room. Maybe it's a gallery with white walls, maybe a coffee shop, or a dentist office. Your photos look fantastic. There's a cheese plate, maybe some wine. Or not! It's your imagination!
In today's world, where phones & screens drive our social experiences, the real world is often an afterthought, especially when it comes to sharing photographs. Isn't that why we all signed-up for Facebook/Tumblr/Flickr?
Truth is, there's nothing like finding the right place for the right pictures, and putting it all together as part of this country's largest annual community-oriented photography festival. Simply, if you're here in Atlanta, there's a month (October!) dedicated to photography exhibitions, events, lectures, public art, film screenings and more. And we want you to join us!
We encourage you to imagine planning something special for ACP 2015: a memorable presentation of your own work, in a great space, filled with friends, old & new. In a few months, you'll be able to create your own listing for the ACP Festival Guide, and for the price of a listing ($150) you can become part of the Atlanta's annual photographic transformation.
All you need is a wall. If you're a hip-hop photographer, you could hang prints in the reception area of a music studio; if you have photographs of roller girls perhaps they'd look great at your local Cuban Sandwich Shop. The exhibition could be at your studio, at a donut shop, or a loading dock. Seriously, all have been venues in previous festivals. Not a photographer? Perhaps you know one whose art would look stunning in your space or business. Host an event and join in the celebration of photography that is the ACP Festival.