Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Issues Open Call for Artists for 2023-2024 Season
April 21, 2023
The Fates mural on the Southside Trail curated by Drew Borders. Photo by The Sintoses.
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Arts and Culture Department has published a call for artists for the fourteenth year of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition. Artists across all mediums and at any stage of their careers are invited to participate via visual and performance art, sculpture, and the residency program.
Since 2010, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has brought visual and performing arts to its parks and trails throughout the city. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has grown to be the largest temporary exhibition of its kind in the south, creating an outdoor, public gallery over 12 linear miles. The Atlanta BeltLine seeks equity and inclusion across all programmatic elements and is committed to paying artists a living wage for their work and to providing arts and culture jobs in the local economy and beyond.
Artists, art collectives and organizations are invited to submit their Request for Proposals (RFP) for one or any of the following exhibition categories:
- BeltLine Public Art Residency Program – The Atlanta BeltLine residency program is designed to offer real-world exposure operating within the realm of public art and infrastructure. Unlike collegiate or gallery residencies that operate within the structure and stricture of those prescribed spaces and audiences, the public realm presents many unique challenges including, but not limited to: responsibilities to multiple audiences simultaneously, community place keeping and empowerment, space and environment, and the many components of the civic system including permitting, ordinances, and governmental offices. The program seeks qualified individuals or artist to fill the following roles:
- BeltLine Walls Volume 5 (Murals) – Artists are invited to submit their qualifications to create a mural along the BeltLine. Artists will work on their walls for the duration of a few weeks in October, culminating in a grand reveal and community celebration at the end of the festival.
- BeltLine Flow (Performance Series) – Artists are invited to submit qualifications to perform along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor during the exhibition season. These performances are not limited in number of times the performances may occur, nor are they subject to any specific dates on which performances must occur. These performances are designed to act as a pop-up style event to creatively activate and celebrate the corridor in many locations. These events are “acoustic” in nature, self-sustaining and do not require outside power sources, a sound engineer or technical support.
- BeltLine Spaces (Sculpture Exhibition) – Artists are invited to submit their qualifications in 3D, monumental, installation, pre-fabricated, site specific or land art sculptural work.
- BeltLine After Dark (Festival) – This annual festival celebrates the communities and spaces along the BeltLine trails. Artists are invited to submit their qualifications to activate the parks and greenspaces around the corridor. Previous seasons have included concerts, ballet, theater, opera and interactive roving performances.
- Lantern Parade – Musicians who wish to be included in the 2023-2024 Lantern Parade should contact Chantelle Rytter directly at email@example.com.
Interested artists should first review the information session video and presentation and then register as vendor through Bonfire. Bonfire, where artists will register, will be able to view all information, download all documents, view updates, and submit proposals. A jury will review all responses to ensure certain qualifications and requirements are met and to provide ABI with a short-list of artists best qualified to participate. The short-listed artists will then be asked to submit a full proposal for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Once all proposals are received, they will be posted on art.beltline.org where the community will be invited to give feedback on each piece. Once all feedback is received, final selections will be made and artists notified. Art installations, performances, and activations will take place between July 2023 and June 2024.
Additionally, the exhibition is seeking volunteer jurors to assist in reviewing artists’ credentials and qualifications and selecting those who will be invited to submit a full proposal. Jurors are asked to apply by June 1 by submitting a letter of interest and a CV to Miranda Kyle, Arts and Culture Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by 3 p.m. EST on May 30, 2023. All applicants must sign up and submit Statements of Qualifications electronically through Vendor Registry, ABI’s procurement system. Information and a video explaining the process are available at art.beltline.org/for-artists/
The 2023 – 2024 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is presented by Northside Hospital. Additional sponsors include Ponce City Market at the Platinum level; Cox Enterprises and Empire Communities at the Silver level; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Bronze level.
The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Ponce City Market at the Platinum level; The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, and REI at the Gold level; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Silver level.
This program is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov