Augusta Art News 10-23-18

Augusta Art News 10-23-18

Golden Blocks Project seeks artists of all disciplines for public art in Laney Walker/Bethlehem neighborhoods

Artists who have an interest in the crossroads of art, history, and social change are encouraged to submit an application for the upcoming “Golden Blocks Project,” a project spearheaded by the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. The project will focus its efforts on creative placemaking in the areas of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem neighborhoods. Applications to be considered for the project will open November 1. This project is open to artists of all disciplines.  Read more about the project here


Congratulations to local Recipients of Vibrant Communities grants from Georgia Council for the Arts

Congratulations to local recipients of Vibrant Communities grants provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts! Several local arts and cultural organizations were selected to receive grant awards for this year’s program. We are looking forward to seeing the projects they accomplish! Via Georgia Council for the Arts: “GCA received 100 applications from libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, and more. The Vibrant Communities Grant is available to organizations in counties that did not receive a FY19 Project, Partner, or Arts Education grant.” To read more about the Vibrant Community Grants Program, click here.


Local Organizations receiving FY19 Vibrant Community Grants

Columbia County Arts

SAIL Charter School

Harlem Arts Council

Activities Council of Thomson

Thomson McDuffie County Library


Arts Day Luncheon Speaker Lineup –  Tickets on sale now

Thursday, November 8, 11:30-1pm at Sacred Heart Cultural Center

The annual Legislative Luncheon is now the Arts Day Luncheon! Renamed to align with Leadership Augusta’s Arts Day activities, this year’s events will feature speakers who will share updates about public art in the CSRA.

While much of the work for public art is accomplished behind the scenes, the Arts Day Luncheon speakers will shine a light on projects that are currently underway, and new work that is to come to the Augusta River Region.

Arts Day Featured Speakers & Topics

Janice Allen Jackson, Administrator, City of Augusta – Public Art Progress in Augusta  

Doug Duncan, Chair, Columbia County Commission – Columbia County’s Public Art Vision

Brenda Durant, Executive Director, Greater Augusta Arts Council – Creative Placemaking in Augusta Neighborhoods

Jay Markwalter, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus –

Arts Advocacy Efforts Across the State



City seeking artists for sculptures, RFQ open

PUBLIC ART NEWS: “The City of Augusta is accepting qualifications with the intent to contract with an artist(s) for a gateway sculpture. The purpose of the request for qualifications is to evaluate a professional artist(s) ability to perform the design, construction and installation of the first Gateway Sculpture.

The selected artist or artist team will work with the Augusta Recreation & Parks Department and the Public Art Advisory Panel to further develop and finalize their proposed concept.

Please contact the Procurement Department at 706-821-2422 for specification details.”

VIEW THE FULL RFQ FOR “Design/Construction of a Gateway Sculpture” ONLINE AT AUGUSTAGA.GOV/681/ARCBID


Augusta Photo Festival exhibit now on display at City Gallery

A new display at the City Gallery features work chosen by the Augusta Photography Festival to highlight the work of volunteer staff, committee members, competition winners and workshop participants of their festival. The region’s biennial celebration of the art, craft, and joy of photography, the Photo Festival celebrates its first 10 years with internationally recognized speakers, an array of classes, workshops and gallery shows throughout the CSRA October 19 through 28, 2018
The City Gallery is located in the Augusta Richmond County Municipal Building at 535 Telfair St. The hours are 8:30-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Learn more at AugustaPhotography