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Art on the Atlanta Beltline Seeks Visual and Performing Arts Proposals


Public art initiative returns with the Eastside Trail linear exhibition space

Request for 2012 proposals

Atlanta - Visual and performing artists are invited to submit proposals for "Art on the Atlanta BeltLine" 2012. Scheduled for September through November, temporary works of visual and performance art will be exhibited along the linear parkland of the BeltLine corridor.

In 2010, "Art on the Atlanta BeltLine" became the largest temporary art project in the history of Atlanta. The following year, the number of projects increased by more than 30 percent and included more than 330 visual artists, performers, musicians and historic preservationists. It has been a tremendous project, placing working professionals alongside emerging artists. 

Now in its third year "Art on the Atlanta BeltLine" returns with the added linear exhibition space of the new Eastside Trail, representing one of the first completed trail sections on the BeltLine corridor, from 10th Street to Irwin Street.

The Atlanta BeltLine is an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and economic development that reclaims mostly abandoned rail corridors. With an emphasis on public spaces, improved transportation, cultural amenities and revitalizing neighborhoods, it has the potential to redefine the City and make it a better place to live, work and play.

Potential projects should reflect the historic, environmental, cultural, functional, urban design and/or aesthetic aspects of the sites and should be well-researched, well-planned and feasible. Although not limited to the following examples, potential projects might include all or some of the following:

  • Temporary art, sculptural or visual installations;
  • Gateway or entrance works;
  • Performance works of all kinds, including but not limited to music, dance, theater and performance art;
  • Transformation of existing structures or surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses;
  • Utilization of fences or screening devices;
  • Amenities for visitors – such as benches, bike racks, shade structures, recycling and trash collection receptacles;
  • Loan of existing artwork, such as sculptures or assemblages;
  • Murals;
  • Plantings or environmental works.
Potential art projects may be designed for site-specific installation, but this is not a requirement. Contemporary and interdisciplinary approaches, innovative uses (or re-uses) of materials and new technologies are encouraged. Applicants may wish to consider ways in which some level of community involvement can be facilitated in the creation of the projects.

Proposed materials should be modestly priced and durable with minimal maintenance in an outdoor setting. All works must be designed to be safely removed at the end of the designated period, or disintegrate safely into the environment. No works or materials deemed to be dangerous, toxic, or hazardous to public safety will be accepted, and all construction methods must be adequate and safe for public interaction. Projects should last throughout the exhibition period or be performance/ephemeral works that could be scheduled to occur periodically throughout the timeframe. If the location or its elements (trees, slope, etc.) might be part of the concept, "Atlanta Art on the Beltline" will identify volunteers to work with the artist(s) to help prepare the site, clear underbrush, etc.

Submissions are due April 16, 2012. 
Installation will be from June to August with the exhibition opening on September 8, 2012. More information can be found at

Proposed projects will be presented in the following sections of the Atlanta BeltLine:

  1. Between Montgomery Ferry Road and Monroe Drive
  2. Between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street (Eastside Trail)
  3. Between Wylie Street and Memorial Drive
  4. Between Washington Park and Allene Avenue
Additional spaces may become available as the project progresses. Applicants will be notified of any changes.

Atlanta BeltLine Walking Tours
Periodic tours of sections of the Atlanta BeltLine will be conducted. You are encouraged to explore the trails on your own or during one of these tours to be better educated about the terrain and history of the Atlanta BeltLine. Check for details.

Amounts to be awarded are up to $4000. Please note that funds are limited, and in last year’s awards, the average amount presented was $2000. The amount will be at the discretion of the selection panel. Of the total grant amount, artists should incorporate a minimum of 20 percent as an artist fee in the budget that must be submitted with each proposal. The award will cover the design (including artist's fee), fabrication, shipping, installation, maintenance and de-installation of the project. Artists may solicit contributions of materials or cash from other sources.

Information Sessions
Five information sessions will be hosted to provide additional information and answer questions about your proposals and this exciting project:

Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m.
Chastain Arts Center

Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
The Goat Farm
1200 Foster St.
Atlanta, GA 30318

Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
Georgia State University
Arts and Humanities Building, Room 300
10 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30302

Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Hammonds House Museum


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