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ACP’s New Look!

March 17th, 2016
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ACP 2016 is our biggest year yet. To kick it all off, we have a brand new look and logo!

We hope you like it. We certainly do – it encapsulates the friendly, professional, bold and inviting nature of our organization. Take a look at our refreshed site while you're at it!

Many thanks to our friends at Look Listen.
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ACP Wins NEA Grant

December 9th, 2015
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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.

- ACP

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Thank You, Fulton County Arts & Culture!

December 2nd, 2015
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Thank you to Fulton County Arts & Culture for their continued support of our festival. Fulton County's investment in ACP means we can deliver high quality events, exhibits and public art year after year.
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Today’s the Day!

November 12th, 2015

Donate now and see highlights from the 2015 Festival.

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)

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THANK YOU! – Tell Us What You Think!

November 3rd, 2015


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!



- ACP

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

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Festival Guides A Go-Go!

June 4th, 2015
A few blasts from the past, and some from the not-so-recent past, all seen today while preparing to move our office space. Participate in ACP 2015 today!

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Last Days…

June 3rd, 2015
...in our 1135 Sheridan office space.

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We're packing-up and heading over to our new office over on Drewry St.

We're grateful to the Showcase School of Photography and Showcase Photo & Video for their support and generosity over the years -- all 150 square feet of it!

While we're sad to be leaving, we're excited to be in-the-thick of it in Midtown, just steps from the Beltline!

THANK YOU, SHOWCASE!!!

(photo courtesy Jan Fields)
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You’re Invited to Think Differently About Photo Exhibitions

January 22nd, 2015
This week, we did something we haven't done before. We sent out an email to our list, and the email didn't have a photo, call-to-action, or a fundraising appeal.

It simply asked you to dream.

In case it never made it to your in-box, we'll paste-in that email below, but the gist of it is that we're asking you to participate in ACP 2015 by rethinking the nature of what it means to share your photography.

Sharing is a word that's come to mean "digital" -- if you're posting a photo on Facebook/Flickr/Tumblr, you're sharing it. Good for you! We love sharing, too! But as a photography festival that takes place in actual spaces in the real world, featuring amazing prints made by talented photographers, we're wondering if all that posting & sharing is as satisfying, communicative, tactile and impactful as its older, "analog" corollary.

In the latest edition of Aperture's "The Photobook Review", Alec Soth (former lecturer during ACP 2007) had a great quote about the nature of photo-sharing and how it intersects & enhances the analog pleasures of photobooks & pop-up shows.

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We're in no way besmirching the online world of photo-making & sharing -- it's a substantial part of what the medium is these days, and it's awesome, frankly. But we're definitely more interested in the ideas you'll come-up with to show (& share) your photography during ACP 2015 this fall.

So please get inspired, think big, and discover how your photographs can make an impact in the world, by first making a splash here in your city, in your neighborhood, on that wall.

Thanks for reading!

(For clarification, here's this week's email.)
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.

Onward!

- ACP
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On #GivingTuesday – Support ACP!

December 2nd, 2014

It's Giving Tuesday, and we hope ACP is in your plan for giving this holiday season.

There are two quick-and-easy ways to support ACP: make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal, and while holiday shopping, Amazon.com will donate .5% of the purchase price of your item(s) to ACP. Bookmark this Amazon link, it's good year-round! http://j.mp/acp_smile

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We hope you were able to experience a slice of our month-long, city-wide, October photo festival. In case you missed it, here's our wrap-up. We're exhausted, but PROUD to be the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States!

With a staff of two, operating out of free office space, you can rest assured that your donation does not get bogged down in overhead costs. Your donation builds programs that explore how photography can be used as a tool for change, healing, storytelling or personal expression.

The ACP Festival transforms Atlanta like no other art event. It is the only organization that nationally and internationally promotes Atlanta’s photographic artists and venues while bringing internationally recognized industry leaders to Atlanta.

If you experienced any part of our festival this year or if you believe in our tireless efforts to make Atlanta a world-class cultural city, Please make a tax-deductible year-end donation to ACP. We rely on support from culturally-minded individuals like you!

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Support ACP in 2014!

April 1st, 2014
Dear Friend of Atlanta Celebrates Photography,

Here at ACP we believe that images have the power to connect us to our world and to each other. Photography, the fastest growing art form, is how we communicate, capture memories and tell stories.

That's why every October we host the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the country... right here in Atlanta. The Festival is full of exciting community events, workshops, and exhibitions and almost all of our events are free and open to the public. Will you help us keep it that way?

Help us reach our goal of $30,000 during our 2014 Giving Campaign by donating today.

Your donation goes directly to meaningful programs like our Lecture Series, which brings legendary master photographers, intrepid photojournalists and cutting edge fine artists to Atlanta to speak about their ground-breaking work.

Because of your support, we are able to produce our Portfolio Review helping further the careers of over 50 photographers annually, and our My Atlanta Exhibition (our open-to-everyone exhibition in Piedmont Park) featuring over 700 photographs taken by hundreds of high school students and senior citizens, and many more impactful programs.

Give your annual gift today or even set up a recurring monthly donation that will keep your support coming all year long. Together, we can make Atlanta a leading center for arts and culture.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller
Executive Director
Atlanta Celebrates Photography

P.S. We have big plans for 2014. We are thinking bigger so that more people can experience the power of photography. Please give generously at ACPinfo.org.

P.S.S. Want to learn more about what we did last year? See our super-cool Annual Report. Learn more about our diverse programs, and how you can be involved at ACPinfo.org.


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