Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
|Sonji Jacobs, Director
Jennifer Ogunsola, Communications Manager
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/15/12
City’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announce 2012-2013 Contracts for Arts Services Funding Recipients
ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, is proud to announce the awarding of its 2012-13 Contracts for Arts Services grants—totaling approximately $742,450. For 38 consecutive years, the Contracts for Arts Services program has brought outstanding arts and culture projects to the City of Atlanta, supporting Atlanta’s thriving artistic community by awarding contracts for the production, creation, presentation and exhibition of artistic work in the city, as well as the managerial support of Atlanta-based artistic and cultural services.
“We are excited to announce the 2012-13 Contracts for Arts Services grant recipients and continue the process of financially supporting their important work in the Atlanta community,” stated Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “Thanks to a generous budget increase from Mayor Reed and the Atlanta City Council, we increased our investments in artists, arts organizations, and arts projects that improve the quality of life for Atlanta residents.”
Contracts are awarded annually in three major categories—individual artists, arts organizations and community organizations. This year, after a rigorous advisory panel review process, awards were granted to 61 recipients in the following disciplines: visual arts, media arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance and multi-discipline.
Examples of Funded Projects:
• $30,000 to support True Colors Theatre Company’s 10th Anniversary Season
• The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra received $20,000 to support A King Celebration, Musicians in Action, and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra training and concerts
• Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta received $4,000 to support the Marel Brown Creative Writing Program
• $8,500 supports programming at Atlanta Printmakers Studio including the annual Big Print event
• Atlanta students will receive harp instruction from the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble with the support of a $10,000 grant
The Contracts for Arts Services budget was increased from $470,000 in FY12 to $1,000,000 in FY13. In addition to these grants, the Contracts for Arts Services budget includes Emerging Artist Awards as well as matching funds to Atlanta arts organizations through power2give.org, an online cultural marketplace designed to connect donors directly with arts projects that need funding.
For more information, please visit www.ocaatlanta.com.
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