Flux Projects Announces Mission and Executive Director
1/25/2010-Atlanta non-profit devoted to temporary public art announces mission
-Anne Archer Dennington appointed first Executive Director
Flux Projects, the non-profit organization that brought you Le Flash Atlanta 2009, rings in the new year by announcing its mission, a new name, and the appointment of Anne Archer Dennington as its first Executive Director.
Flux Projects supports artists in creating innovative temporary public art throughout Atlanta. The organization produces new platforms for artistic experimentation that engage a broad audience in their daily lives, beyond the walls of traditional arts venues. We challenge artists to make exceptional, surprising work that inspires Atlanta and fosters an awareness of the richness and diversity of the city’s creative culture.
During 2009, the organization (previously incorporated as Le Flash Inc.) produced Le Flash Atlanta 2009, an event that garnered widespread critical and popular acclaim as the “Best Event of 2009,” according to Jamie Gumbrecht of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In its first year of existence, the organization also ranked among the leading non-profit financial supporters of artist-initiated projects in Atlanta, with some 88 creative professionals receiving $64,000 in commissions for some 35 projects.
“We’re pleased with what we accomplished in 2009 with Le Flash, but we’re even more excited to take on the broader mission of presenting temporary projects throughout the year,” said Flux Projects Board President Louis Corrigan.
The organization’s premier platform will be Flux, a one-night public art festival held in the fall that aims to grow into a city-wide event. Like Le Flash 2009, Flux will be centered this year in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood.
Flux Projects will also present lectures, films and other programs that promote an understanding of the history and possible futures of temporary public art.
Flux Projects will be led by Anne Dennington, who has deep connections to Atlanta’s arts community, having served as the first Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) from April 2004 to September 2007 and before that as Director of The Lowe Gallery from 1997 to 2004. More recently, she has been Director of Museums for the City of Monroe, overseeing the Masur Museum of Art, the largest visual arts museum in northeast Louisiana.
Dennington’s extensive experience growing and transforming arts non-profits will once again benefit Atlanta’s art scene. Her credits include expanding the programs of ACP and the Masur Museum to better serve their respective communities, forging connections between public and private interests, engaging supporters, and building lasting community partnerships.
Dennington also has shown a strong commitment to public art. In addition to developing the acclaimed public art component of ACP’s programming, Dennington served on Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Public Art Advisory Committee in 2007 and on the board of Atlanta’s Metropolitan Public Art Coalition (MPAC) from 2006 to 2008.
“Anne is the perfect choice to grow Flux Projects into a dynamic city-wide platform for artists while broadening the constituency for arts in the city,” said Corrigan. “She is well known and well liked throughout the Atlanta arts community. She also has a special gift for bringing together the diverse private and public interests that will be required to meet our organization’s ambitious goals.”
“I am thrilled to return to Atlanta to help grow this amazing organization,” said Dennington. “Atlanta is filled with talented artists, and I look forward to expanding the opportunity for these artists to reach a broader audience by activating public spaces with visual art and performance.”
Le Flash was founded and curated by Cathy Byrd and Stuart Keeler. Flux Projects thanks them for their vision and energy in launching the event and challenging the community to create an enduring annual festival. Flux Projects hopes to meet this challenge.
To keep up with Flux Projects, please join the e-mail list by visiting www.FluxProjects.org. For more information, contact Anne Dennington at 404-245-5853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.