Archive for September, 2011

Strong4Life Oct. 8 in the Old 4th Ward

Dear NPU-T Arts n’ Parks Supporters:

No doubt you have probably heard about and seen the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life ad campaign on tv and billboards throughout the city. In the continued effort to raise awareness of childhood obesity, everyone is invited to the Old Fourth Ward on October 8, 10:00am-2:00pm for a day of fun and exercise.
It’s all good,
Wanda Whiteside,
NPU-T PRCA Committee chair

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Mark Your Calendar for Events at AARL

Dear NPU-T Arts n’ Parks Supporters:  

Auburn Avenue Research LibraryOpened in 1994, Auburn Avenue Research Library is part of the Atlanta Fulton County library system. This special collections archive and reference only library has countless material related to the Civil Rights Movement and holds the Andrew Young Papers. 


Read on to see what’s happening at the AARL in October.

It’s all good,

Wanda Whiteside,
NPU-T PRCA committee chair

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WANTED: Letters Of Inquiry (ArtPlace)

Hello Arts and Parks Supporters:
Tune in to this new funding source for creativity. Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs wants you to know about ArtPlace. ArtPlace is a public-private nationwide initiative, including some of the nation’s top foundations and federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s exciting and it’s all about city.
Letter of Inquiry (LOI) are being accepted now through Nov. 15. Find out more about ArtPlace in a webinar, Oct. 3, 2011 at 3pm. See the email below, generated by Camille for much information.
It’s all good,
Wanda Whiteside,
NPU-T PRCA Committee chair
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From: “Garriss, Morgan” <mgarriss@AtlantaGa.Gov>
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 8:05 PM
Subject: ArtPlace Grant Opportunity announcement

Greetings friends,
Please share this with your colleagues within the arts community.
ArtPlace, a new opportunity for funding creative revitalization has been announced and  is available for application by a Letter of Inquiry as detailed in the email below.
Be aware that there is a webinar scheduled for Oct 3, 2011 at 3 pm that will provide additional information about ArtPlace.   I encourage you to register for the webinar to determine if your ideas might be grant worthy and to help you prepare to submit a Letter of Inquiry by November 15, 2011!!!
Yours in art and culture,
Camille Russell Love, Director | City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs | |
ArtPlace LOI Opportunity
In an unprecedented private-public collaboration, 11 of America’s top foundations have joined with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies to establish ArtPlace (, a nationwide initiative to accelerate creative platemaking across the U.S.
ArtPlace believes that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities, thus increasing the desire and the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place. It is all about the local.
As a leader of a local arts agency, we wanted you to be aware of our next round of investments.  ArtPlace invites Letters of Inquiry from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy.
If your community wishes to apply, please review the guidelines and complete the Letter of Inquiry, both available here: To be considered for our next round of grants, all requests must be submitted by November 15, 2011.
We also invite you to share this LOI opportunity widely among your network of artists, designers and arts organizations.
We look forward to receiving your submissions for innovative and distinctive projects in your community.
Bridget Marquis | Program Director

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Team up and win $1000 for your park!

It’s that time of year again so we are gearing up for the 4th Annual Park Renewal Day on November 12th at Dearborn Park!  Join in on the fun and competition to win up to $1,000!

If you haven’t been a part of this event in the past it is an amazing opportunity to win some money for your park, garden, or group while helping with the invasive plant problem at Dearborn Park.  Teams are forming right now so check out the website at for information about the event, pictures and video from previous years events, and all the appropriate team registration materials.

How does Park Renewal Day work, you ask??

Teams of volunteers compete alongside each other in an area of the park that is being choked out and smothered by Privet, Ivy, and Wistera.   Each team has their own marked-off plot of land that needs some serious TLC.  Teams are given 3 hours to do the most complete and thorough eradication of these invasive and noxious weeds.  At the end of the the three hours, once volunteers drop their tools and gather for free food and live music, judges are brought in to determine which team did the best job of clearing invasives from their plot.  After the judges finish their assessment, the winning teams are announced and prize money is handed out!

1st Place – $1,000!!

2nd Place – $500!

3rd Place – $300!

4th Place – $200!

More information and all registration materials can be found at  Once filled out, please return registration materials to Dave Butler, DeKalb County Greenspace and Environment Manager, at

This is a wonderfully successful event that will be sure to leave you tired but smiling!

If you have any questions about the event feel free to get in touch with me or Dave Butler.

Hope to see you there!


John Ahern | Park Pride — Volunteer Manager
Office: (404) 546-6854 | Fax: (404) 546-9428 | Cell: (404) 723-3112 |

Peachtree Center – Harris Tower
233 Peachtree Center, Suite 1600 | Atlanta, GA  30303


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Oct. Ntl Arts Month at City Hall on 10/3

News Release

The City of Atlanta Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month


The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs recommends 10 cultural events scheduled throughout October

ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs is celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month by recommending the support of 10 great events scheduled throughout October.   National Arts and Humanities Month is the nation’s largest collective annual celebration of the arts.

Atlanta’s arts and culture scene is multi-faceted. Whether it’s a trip to the High Museum, the City Gallery Chastain, a day spent at the “Atlanta Celebrates Photography” exhibit, or a night at the Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta has something for every taste.


“We encourage people to participate in the national celebration of the arts and humanities,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Events. “The Atlanta Art and Cultural community has several amazing activities planned throughout the month of October for the art and culture patron.”


Choose from 10 great events in October to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in Atlanta:


  1. September 30 through October 2 – The National Black Arts Festival presents Fall for Film Series at the Southwest Arts Center.  Three days, seven films, so many stories, so many voices. For list of film highlights, visit
  2. October 2 – Historic Oakland Foundation is proud to present the 32nd annual “Sunday in the Park” from noon – 6:00 p.m.  The Victorian street festival offers fun, food, and entertainment for all ages. Visit for further information.
  3. October 3 – “Resource Market for the Arts at the Rialto Center for the Arts.” Come find out what resources are available for the artist and arts organizations.  Visit for further information on the October events.
  4. October 5 – “A City of Atlanta Cultural Forum with Mayor Kasim Reed.” The forum will feature conversations with the cultural community from the Metro Atlanta area from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  The forum will be held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th Street.  For further information, contact the Metro Atlanta Arts & Cultural Coalition at
  5. October 11-16 – “Fela,” the award winning Broadway musical for a limited engagement at the Atlanta Civic Center.  Tickets are available at or call the Atlanta Civic Center box office, 404-658-7159.  Group rates are also available.
  6. October 15 – April 29, 2012 – “Picasso to Warhol” exhibit at the High Museum.  Visit for further information.
  7. The “Atlanta Celebrates Photographypresents the 2011 Festival Guide with a list of events scheduled throughout the city.  Visit The i in the sky-skymilesexhibit opens on October 7th at the City Gallery Chastain features images of the sky taken by the artist Sally Holst using her i-phone. The exhibit that will run from October 7th – November 18th.  For further information visit
  8. “Art on the Atlanta Beltline” exhibit will run from September through November.  Visual installations and performances will be concentrated along the Atlanta Beltline from the west to the east sides of the city.  Visit the
  9. October 15 – “Secrets of the Quilt – One Method of Escape” at 4:30 pm at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. There will be a discussion on the Underground Railroad secret quilt code and tracing your civil war ancestors.  Visit the or
  10. October 29 – “Elevate Carnival, the Greatest Halloween Show on Earth” is the celebratory closing to Elevate//Art Above Underground, from 5:00—11:00 pm on Upper Alabama Street. For further information, visit


For a complete list of activities for the month of October, visit

October is also Funding for the Arts Month.   Artists and art organizations can apply for the City of Atlanta’s Contract for the Arts Services program. The deadline is October 28, 2011. For further information, visit


National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was begun in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. With 49 years of service, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.  More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available online at

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.  The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a variety of cultural offerings in order to inspire residents and visitors to experience Atlanta’s cultural community. The Public Art Program is responsible for public art stewardship within the City of Atlanta. For more information, visit


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Art on the Beltline Events this weekend

This weekend’s events and schedule for Art on the Beltline. Feel free to pass this message on to your neighbors, friends, and family.

Friday, September 30th
Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park
· 6:30 p.m. – Spiral of Sound Crystal Bowl Choir, Peace Spiral
· 8-10 pm – Center for Civil and Human Rights “Films That Matter” series, featuring the Movie “Philadelphia” FREE

Saturday, October 1st
· 4-7 p.m. – Artist Walk on the Westside: This is one of three walks where we will explore the Art of the Atlanta Beltline exhibition on foot and have artists give us the history and inspiration of their work. We will start the walk at the southern end (intersection of Allene Avenue and Catherine Street in 30310). The other walks will be October 16 (southeast) and November 18th (northeast). We will also have an artists’ panel on October 20 at H. Harper Station. All events are on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 1st
Location: The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW, Atlanta
· 4-7 p.m. — Crossover Movement Arts, Zentropy, and Akbar Imhotep present an enchanting tour through time and place, starting at The Wren’s Nest House Museum and moving through the West End neighborhood to the Atlanta Beltline. Sand dancing, soundscapes and stories draw lines that cross and connect space and time. Free tours of The Wren’s Nest at 4:00 p.m., show starts at 4:30 p.m. Thanks to a grant from Art on the Beltline, this performance is free of charge.

For more information about the participating artists:

For more details about this year’s artists, installation locations and performing arts schedule please visit Also visit us on our Facebook page where you can post pictures of installations and events, make comments and interact with Art on the Beltline. Feel free to share our Facebook page with your friends, family, and the organizations you’re connected to.

We look forward to seeing you on the Atlanta Beltline for another incredible season.

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Washington Park Yard Sale 20+ homes

The Historic Washington Park neighborhood will be hosting a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, September 17th from 10 am to 4 pm.

The neighborhood has up to 14 streets of homes that will be selling items on their property. Shoppers are invited to browse the neighborhood by following yard sale balloons or picking up a yard sale map at participating households. Items range from furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes, books, household & decorative items, toys & kids stuff, kitchen items, yard materials,…too much to list!

Washington Park is just 2 miles west of downtown and includes the Ashby MARTA train stop. Please use 101 Ollie Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30314 as a reference point.

Come shop till you drop while you see our lovely homes, meet our friendly neighbors and find treasures for your family!

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America Recycles Day

November 15th – Keep America Beautiful has created materials for event organizers like you to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community. In addition to a downloadable “Go-to-Guide” to make it easy for you to organize a local event to get the word out, also available are free America Recycles Day banners, bookmarks, buttons, pencils, pledge cards and posters on a first-registered, first serve basis. To set up an account and register your America Recycles Day 2011 event go to: . After setting up your account, hit the register button and you will be taken to the registration site:

Thank you for your efforts to engage your community and increase recycling! Share this with your friends, co-workers, PTA, civic associations, etc—let’s make this the largest ever ARD in history!

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Fulton Fresh End of Season Celebration

Fulton Fresh Celebrates End of Season to Close Summer Harvest

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Fulton County Cooperative Extension Reached over 900 residents to provide nutrition education and access to locally grown fresh produce.

Fulton County residents living in “food deserts” have been fortunate to have access to locally grown fresh vegetables and to receive nutrition education in their neighborhoods.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension, in an effort to address health disparities, will celebrate the end its first season of operating the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Shrine of the Black Madonna located at 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 from 10 am – 11:30 am.

The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Unit delivered an estimated 10,000 lbs. of fresh produce to over 900 residents living in four areas identified as food deserts. West End, Bankhead Highway, Palmetto and the Collier Heights communities have benefited from the delivery of fresh produce and learning about the importance of eating healthy, how to prepare tasty, healthy meals. Plans are being made to expand the number of communities being served in order to reach more residents and help them to make healthy choices and to live healthier lives.

The End of Season Celebration is open to all residents. Information about Cooperative Extension and other county services will be available as well as healthy treats and fresh produce from the Fulton Fresh Farmer’s Market Mobile Unit.

Call (404) 332-2400 for more information about the End of Season Celebration.

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