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Introducing 3 New ACAC Commissioners

Written on April 21, 2020 at 3:15 pm, by

We are delighted to introduce these three new ACAC Commissioners: Madeline Bates Supported by her creative family with specialties in engineering, music, technical theatre design, historical preservation, and more, Bates came to Athens in 2011 to study Art History at the University of Georgia (B.A. 2015). While studying for her degree, she joined the opening… 

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New ACAC Public Art Coordinator

Written on April 20, 2020 at 1:28 pm, by

ACAC’s eleven-member Commission is pleased to announce that after a many months-long search in late 2019, we have filled the Public Art Coordinator staff position with the eminently qualified Ms. Lizzie Zucker Saltz. Saltz remarked that she “is delighted to be working again on behalf of Athens’ artists and cultural landscape.” Known best as the founder… 

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Play On, Athens!

Written on September 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm, by

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is collaborating with the Athens Area Arts Council and Athens Area Habitat for Humanity on an exciting project that combines music and visual art, “Play On, Athens!” Inspired by similar programs nationwide, “Play On, Athens!” invites local artists to paint pianos (donated by community members and the Athens Area Habitat… 

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Hot Corner Mural Information

Written on July 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm, by

Many of you have noticed the new mural on Washington and Lumpkin Streets in Downtown Athens. The mural titled Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy was created by Miami based Elio Mercado along with Athens artist, Broderick Flanigan. Funding for this project was provided by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission with matching funds from an Art… 

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Jackson Street Art Walk — SPLOST 2020

Written on July 24, 2019 at 1:36 pm, by

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is excited to announce that our proposal for the Jackson Street Art Walk project was approved as one of the SPLOST 2020 projects! This project will provide funding for capital improvements for street and pedestrian improvements to establish pedestrian‐oriented promenade(s) showcasing permanent and temporary artworks, to create a new cultural… 

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Classic City Wax Volume 1 & LatinxFest Grantees

Written on July 24, 2019 at 1:35 pm, by

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission announced its 2019 Arts In Community grant recipients earlier this year: Classic City on Wax Vol 1, Athens Rising, and LatinxFest. Classic City on Wax: Vol 1 is a vinyl compilation with an all-star line-up of Athens-based hip-hop artists.  This project will be Athens, Georgia’s first vinyl compilation focusing exclusively on… 

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Cooperative Extension Service Center + Fire Station #2 Artists Selected

Written on May 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm, by

Concept drawings of Hale/McCarron’s “Origins” and Hussey’s “Hero’s Path”    The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is pleased to announce the selected artists for two new SPLOST-funded public art projects on Cleveland Road. Athens-based artists David Hale and Peter James McCarron will create a sculptural work, “Origins,” for the new Cooperative Extension Service Center. Aaron… 

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Photos: Trail Blossom Unveiling

Written on August 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm, by

Photos by Gerald Alderman:

ACAC + Hot Corner To Receive NEA Grant

Written on May 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

Athens Cultural Affairs Commission has been awarded a $12,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is… 

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Art Decko Announces Artists for Downtown Public Art Project

Written on December 4, 2017 at 9:38 am, by

In collaboration with the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) and the Athens Downtown Development Authority (ADDA), the Athens Area Arts Council (AAAC) is reviving Art Decko, a public art project that promotes creativity in unexpected places. Launched over a decade ago, the first installment of Art Decko featured panels designed by art classes at various… 

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