As we approach the one-year anniversary of temporarily closing Atlanta Contemporary, I write to you in celebration of what we’ve accomplished and praise the work of our artists, curators, community, and staff.
Thank you to those who have supported our mission – your gift validates the value and importance of contemporary art in Atlanta. Because of you, we have survived an unprecedented year. Survival of the arts, however, is not enough. We need additional strength to meet the next challenge, and the next.
We invite you to invest in us now and move us forward towards a more stable and resilient future.
A Look Back ::
On Friday, March 13th, like so many of our peers, we shuttered our doors and moved everything to Zoom. It wasn’t without its hitches and glitches but between that Friday to when we re-opened (July 7), we presented 78 virtual programs.
The New HVAC
We reopened our space with a state of the art, bi-polar ionization technology system to purify the entire interior of our museum’s air. We did this to keep you - and your loved ones - safe and healthy. We also implemented a more robust, nightly cleaning of the building and required the wearing of masks while on campus.
The Exhibitions & Programs*
Since July 2020, we have distributed over $100,000 to support artists and their work.
In the Galleries, we opened 2 major exhibitions featuring 57 artists and 4 curators. Virtually and in person, we came together for over 50 programs including: Contemporary Talks, Contemporary Critique, Meditate & Create, Open Studios, Art Makes and a new Mural Project all to advocate and advance our community. In December, we launched the Nexus Fund as a Regional Regranting Partner with The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts providing Emergency Relief Funds to 60 artists at $1,000 each.
And the work continues ...
A Pavilion to Perform
Born out of an inspiring idea and a willing partner, we bring you the Pavilion to Perform: a flexible performance space. Launched last Summer in partnership with Dance Canvas with the Choreographic Residency - we provided resources, space and time to dance artists in metro Atlanta. The works made were in response to COVID-19 and the need to address racism and inequality in our communities.
Re-launching Spring 2021 with partners Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, La Femme Noir, and returning for a second season, Dance Canvas. We look forward to seeing you under the stars.
The art we have advanced, created, and presented affirms our belief that Art Is Essential. We need MaDora Frey’s Venus’s Looking Glass to demonstrate the monumentality of installation; Le’Andra LeSur’s There are other hues of blue to make us dance, listen, stop; or Shane Dedman’s project, PHYSICAL BODY OF WORK; a love letter to an evolving self, to envelop us.
Survival feels great and I appreciate all of you who helped. Today, look towards the future and a $150,000 Resiliency Fund would feel even better, approaching sensational. Now is the time for us to make that happen and with your help we can. Click here to help ensure the future we need. Thank you on behalf of Atlanta Contemporary where art remains free, safe, and open to all.
*By The Numbers | Artists Demographics
Race & Ethnicity – 56% BIPOC: Black/African American, 44%; Asian American, 7%; LatinX 5% and 44% White/Caucasian
Gender – 76% Female; 20% Male; 4% Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary