Photos from Thursday’s rally for the arts at Atlanta City Hall

Photo by John Ramspott.

Special thanks to Gregor Turk and John Ramspott who submitted photographs from yesterday’s rally at Atlanta City Hall. We were not able to identify everyone in these photos, but feel free to comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.

John Ramspott explains some background for these images:

“The city of Atlanta has proposed a 50% cut in support for the arts for its 2012 budget. Specifically, Mayor Kasim Reed has proposed that the funding for the Contracts for Arts Service program of the Office of Cultural Affairs be cut from $470K to only $235K.

“Art supporters gathered in front of city hall …  from 5pm to 6pm to protest these cuts. They then went into city hall to address the City Council in an orderly, peaceful manner.

“Organizations such as WonderRoot, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Flux Projects, Eyedrum, MINT Gallery, Dodekapus, Dance Truck and the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition all came out in support of maintaining current spending levels for the arts.”

(Click here for more info on the City of Atlanta budget cuts to the arts.)

Gregor Turk secures an aerial camera to a cluster of baloons. Photo by John Ramspott.
Other than the balloons, the camera would have been hard to notice. Photo by John Ramspott.
The balloons rise above Atlanta City Hall. Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by Gregor Turk in collaboration with members Harland Boys & Girls Club Members for the City As A Learning Lab project.
Photo by Gregor Turk in collaboration with members Harland Boys & Girls Club Members for the City As A Learning Lab project.

With the two photos above, Gregor Turk writes:

“We wanted to get more photos when the crowd got larger, but shadows and the loss of one balloon were factors. (We didn’t want the rig to crash on the crowd.)

“This aerial photography project is part of the City As A Learning Lab which is a project between Ga. Tech (under Prof. Carl DiSalvo) and Harland Boys and Girls Club funded by National Science Foundation. Youth Art Connection is also involved. The objective is to work with youth incorporating some element of robotics with an outcome that intersects both art and the public.”

Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.
Chris Appleton of WonderRoot gives testimony before Atlanta City Council. Photo by John Ramspott.

Ramspott continues:

“Speakers such as Louis Corrigan of Flux Projects talked about how he keeps his business in Atlanta because of the local artist community that he loves. He talked about how art attracts businesses, jobs and revenue. He and others talked about improved education and test scores, improved quality of life and increased tourism.

“As cities around the country struggle with decreased revenue and shrinking budgets, art programs find themselves increasingly under attack. But if you believe statistics such as ‘for every $1 invested in the arts by local government, $13 in revenue is generated,’ perhaps the arts should be left alone, if not increased.”

Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.
Photo by John Ramspott.

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  • Lucinda Bunnen
    May 26, 2011 at

    Good going guys. Sorry I wasn’t here. XXXXXX, L

  • MTM
    May 19, 2011 at

    In this City it only takes a little lean… wtg!

  • Trevor Jones
    May 18, 2011 at

    I’m glad you liked my vulture poster Jeremy. Ya’ll who weren’t able to attend can come to the hearing on the 26th and don’t forget to contact your district representative to voice your support for city arts funding. Keep it positive! We can always talk about what is wrong, but what we are doing right is making good art and promoting Atlanta art globally. Holler at yo tax dollar!

  • Jeremy Abernathy
    May 18, 2011 at

    It was a tremendous moment to see everyone come out and make a unified statement to City Council. Next time maybe we should band together with the parks people — that way there’s solidarity between camps instead of it seeming like we’re competing for scraps from the same budget.
    One big lesson is that people also have to keep sending emails and phone calls to their council representatives. That way there’s a record and everyone on their staff gets the message that arts funding matters to voters.
    My favorite cheer from Thursday:
    “Don’t be a vulture
    Get some culture!”
    You people rock.

  • Katy Malone
    May 16, 2011 at

    I’m so glad Louis was able to put the business perspective on the importance of art.

  • Carolyn Milner
    May 16, 2011 at

    I wish I could have been there so very badly!! Thank you to the people that went to this event and thank you Chris Appleton for speaking so eloquently.

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