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Deadline for THE FENCE extended until April 18th!



The deadline for THE FENCE has been extended to midnight, April 18th! (So there are no excuses about missing the deadline this year, right?)

We can't wait to see your work on THE FENCE this year.

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One Week Left to Submit Your Work for THE FENCE!

Deadline for the 2017 edition of THE FENCE is one week away - April 11th, folks!

We can't wait to bring THE FENCE back to Atlanta for the 4th consecutive year. It's expanding (again) this year, and will be exhibited in Brooklyn, Boston, ATLANTA, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham & Denver! If you're a photographer who's wondering if you should submit your work - the potential audience this year is over four million people.

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Critical Mass 50 opens in Denver, April 7th, includes work from Billy Howard

ACP board member and Atlanta-based photographer Billy Howard has work in Critical Mass 50, the exhibition created by our photo-festival friends in Portland at Photolucida. The exhibition will be showing at Denver's Month of Photography, which is also part of the Festival of Light.

A month of photography? What a great idea! ; )

Hot Day, Denmark, SC - © Billy Howard
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26th Annual Georgia Photography Awards, opens March 29th

© Sari Leven

Ilia Varcev is judging the statewide competition of high school photography currently that's display at Pace Academy starting March 29th, with a reception on April 9th at 5pm.

Pace Academy
966 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327

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Katy Grannan’s “The Nine” screening at Atlanta Film Festival on Saturday

Katy Grannan's first documentary feature is screening in Atlanta this weekend as it makes the rounds of film festivals.

Tickets available at atlantafilmfestival.com

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APG’s “Choice” opens Thursday, March 30th


"Atlanta Photography Group is proud to present Choice 2017, an exciting exhibition featuring over 30 APG members' work. Each year, Atlanta Photography Group invites our artist members to put forward their favorite or newest works. The result is an eclectic exhibition that ranges from classic works of beauty to experimental explorations. Join us Thursday, March 30 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run until Saturday, April 29th."
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30th Arts Advocacy Day—Appealing to our Elected Leaders to Support the Arts

Fmr. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks on Arts Advocacy Day. NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu seated next to Ben Vereen

Arts Advocacy Day was this week, and it was great to see so many from the non-profit community across the country standing-up for the arts.

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.

ACP Public Art—THE FENCE on the Atlanta Beltline’s 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.”
From left to right: Dandi Gu (SCAD Student); Waduda Muhammad (Georgia Arts Network & State Captain); Congressman Buddy Carter GA District 1, House Republican; Cristina Liquet (SCAD Student); Maggie Little (UGA Student); Patrick Kelsey (SCAD Professor)
Here's ACP's Executive Director, Amy Miller:
"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.”
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Michael Yamashita’s “Silk Road Journey” at the Carter Center, opens today!


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Stephanie Calabrese on NYT’s Lens Blog

© Stephanie Calabrese

Great to see ACP festival participant Stephanie Calabrese's work from Monroe featured today on the New York Times Lens blog. Congrats, Stephanie!

"She says her intention in sharing the project with a wider audience is 'to reveal an honest look at my small, Southern hometown as a step toward understanding the complex challenges of our country."

Inspiring photographers, from wannabes to professionals, to explore the possibilities of mobile camera technology is rewarding. But her real hope, she added, is that 'this project inspires other photographers to study and document their own hometowns in an effort to create understanding and empathy within our communities. Maybe it's a step toward finding a common ground.'"
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[VIDEO] Mickalene Thomas at Spelman Museum – Art Papers Live

If you missed the talk on Feb. 9th at Spelman College, there's a video of Mickalene Thomas' visit to Atlanta. Her exhibition is open through May 20th.

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