Fulton County Public Art

Four Print Makers

"Four Print Makers"

Winograd, 2009.



Why Should Fulton County Support the Arts?
The arts contribute to the quality of life of our community; to the development of our children; and to the economic well-being of the County.

How Much Money does Fulton County Spend on the Arts?

In Fulton County, the Arts create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue.  A study conducted by Americans for the Arts in 2002 showed that for that year the arts in Fulton County supported 10,285 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $261 million in resident household income. In addition, the arts generated $12.8 million in taxes for local governments and $19 million for the State government. The same seminal study found that the arts generate a staggering $134 billion each year through spending by arts organizations and arts participants/audience members. Of this $134 billion, more than $24.4 billion went into the coffers of local, state and federal governments.

How do Fulton County Citizens Benefit from Cultural Programming?

There is a strong demand for participatory arts events and classes in Fulton County. Annually, nearly 3,500 youth and adults participate in arts classes at Fulton County Art Council arts centers and upwards of 1,500 youth attended spring break or summer break camps at these same centers. In addition, a total of nearly 7,500 adults and youth attend performances, special events, and recitals at our arts centers.  

The Fulton County Arts Council sponsors a number of events in Fulton County including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Park and the National Black Arts Festival as well as performances, exhibits and special events by arts groups which receive Fulton County funding. Combined attendance at these events in Fulton County easily reaches several million adults and youth

What Youth Arts Programs Do You Administer?

The Arts in education have a measurable impact in student performance.
Students who participate in the arts have increased academic performance and decreased dropout rates.

High School students who participate in four years or more of art and music classes score an average of 83 points higher on SATs than their peers who have taken 1 year or less of art and music classes.

Arts programs can also be an effective tool in delinquency prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk youth: The evaluation of youth who participated in the Fulton County Arts Council’s Art-at-Work Program indicated that the participating youth, compared to a control group, had a 50% decrease in re-occurrence of delinquent behavior.

What is Community and Neighborhood Development?

Neighborhood redevelopment and community building rely on the vital energy of the Arts. The Cities of Alpharetta, East Point and Roswell have completed the development and implementation of Community Cultural Plans through partnerships with the Fulton County Arts Council. These Community Cultural Plans make specific recommendations on strengthening the infrastructure for the arts and positively impacting the day-to-day lives of citizens in all three communities.

public art

What is Public Art?
Public art is work created by artists for places accessible to and used by the public. It typically reflects an awareness of its site, both physically and socially, and it involves community process in its creation.  Public art enhances the quality of life for citizens by encouraging a heightened sense of place, enhancing a community’s prestige, and enlivening the visual quality of the built environment.

Why is Public Art important?

Imagine a world devoid of public art: no Statue of Liberty, no Eiffel Tower, and no Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   

These landmarks enhance our experience of a place and our quality of life. They engender a sense of pride and community identity. They reach audiences outside museums, galleries and theatres. And they add to the beauty of everyday life.

Public art does many things:
•    It enhances the visual quality of the built environment
•    It can create a sense of place
•    It engages civic dialogue and community
•    It attracts attention and economic benefit
•    It connects artists with communities and communities with artists
•    It enhances public appreciation of art
•    It can help visitors navigate a city and can generate cultural tourism
•    It can create and strengthen neighborhood and community identity
•    It can celebrate Fulton County’s unique character, history and diversity

arts centers

What types of classes are offered by the Fulton County Arts Council?
The Fulton County Arts Centers offer DO ART programs in the visual, performing (dance, drama), media (photography, video), and literary arts for students of all ages. DO ART programs run for 8 weeks sessions from September through May, we also provide summer youth and teen programs in the various arts disciplines

What is the rental policy for the Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater and Gallery?

Rental requests will be reviewed beginning Fall 2010.

Can you hold community meetings at an Art Center?

Please call your local Art Center for details. Some Art Centers are cannot accommodate requests.

Do you offer classes during the summer?

Classes are not offered during the summer.

How can I exhibit my art at one of your Arts Centers?

Please call your local Art Center for details. Some Art Centers are cannot accommodate requests.

funding-contract for services

What is a contract for service?
Organizations whose applications are approved for funding through the Arts Council’s four-tiered review process are issued a contract for its art services which are to be provided to Fulton County citizens. Typically organizations are granted contracts to provide their services for one funding cycle.

When does the funding cycle begin and end?
Funding cycles are based on the Arts Council’s fiscal year which is set for July though June. Applicants applying for funds must propose activities that are taking place within the cycle to be eligible for funding.

Can my organization apply if it does not have 501(c) (3)?
Eligible applicants must have a 501(c) (3) to apply. Organizations without a 501(c) (3) can apply with a fiscal agent.

What is a Fiscal Agent?
A fiscal agent is a non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) IRS filing status. Fiscal agents must be based in Fulton County. Organizations agreeing to act as a fiscal agent agree to serve as the representing authority for your organization’s contract funds. The fiscal agent enters into a contract on your behalf with Fulton County to receive the funded awards and in turn distribute funds to the applicant organization.

Is funding available for individual artists?
Fulton County does not currently provide funding for individual artists. However the Arts Council does fund artist collectives. An artist collective is a group of five or more artists producing or presenting arts projects designed to reach underserved populations or have a countywide impact. Artist collectives can apply for funding using a fiscal agent as the pass through for government funding.

Is my organization eligible for funding if its headquarter is in another county?
Funding is provided to organizations who have a documented State of Georgia Incorporation and who have a physical address within Fulton County. Proposed projects must take place within Fulton County to be deemed eligible. Organizations with a regional or statewide focus must have its headquarters in Fulton County.  If the majority of the organization’s programming is regional or statewide the applicant can apply for project support funds for activities taking place in Fulton County.