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Atlanta’s Possible Futures foundation awards $100,000 to arts criticism

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Possible Futures, an Atlanta-based foundation, has announced new awards in support of local arts criticism, including a $20,000 challenge grant to this publication.

The grants are the second that Possible Futures founder Louis Corrigan has made to both ArtsCriticATL and Burnaway.org.

“Vibrant cities require great art,” said Corrigan in a statement, “and meaningful arts criticism is vital in that it challenges artists to do their best work and helps a broad audience understand and appreciate that work.”

The awards are part of Possible Futures’ $100,000 initiative for arts criticism in 2011, which includes $60,000 for the book “Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape,” co-authored by ArtsCriticATL’s chief art critic Catherine Fox, frequent ArtsCriticATL contributor Jerry Cullum, and Cinque Hicks. (Disclosure: Louis Corrigan is board chairman of ArtsCriticATL Inc., the organization that publishes this website.)

If you want to help ArtsCriticATL win this challenge grant, please visit our “About” page, where you will find a yellow “Donate” button. To go to the “About “page, CLICK HERE. You may also send a check, made out to ArtsCriticATL, to Charlie Henn, Treasurer, 61 Palisades Road, Atlanta, GA 30309.

ArtsCriticATL Inc. is a not-for-profit organization and has applied for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The deadline for the challenge is December 31, 2011.

The full press release follows:

Atlanta-based foundation Possible Futures Inc. is pleased to announce $20,000 challenge grants to online arts publications ArtsCriticATL.com and BURNAWAY.org. The grants are designed to help each organization continue its excellent coverage of the arts in Atlanta while providing incentive for others to support them as well.

This commitment is part of Possible Futures’ $100,000 initiative in 2011 to foster critical writing and dialogue about the Atlanta arts scene that also includes the early November publication of “Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape,” the first book in Atlanta Art Now’s biennial series.

“BURNAWAY and ArtsCriticATL have become key components of Atlanta’s broader cultural dialogue at an exciting time in the development of the city’s arts ecology,” said Louis Corrigan, an Atlanta native and founder of Possible Futures. “Vibrant cities require great art, and meaningful arts criticism is vital in that it challenges artists to do their best work and helps a broad audience understand and appreciate that work.”

“With this award from Possible Futures, ArtsCriticATL.com will continue to expand and deepen our coverage of all the arts,” said ArtsCriticATL executive director Pierre Ruhe. “It’s also a sign that the community is willing to invest in serious, sustainable arts journalism — which has a direct benefit for artists and cultural organizations across metro Atlanta.”

“We’re presenting criticism with a fresh face, a service that’s more interactive but no less professional than traditional media,” said BURNAWAY editor Jeremy Abernathy. “Possible Futures’ challenge grant sends the message that BURNAWAY is succeeding in becoming the truly great publication that readers deserve, but we need your support to make it happen.”

ArtsCriticATL was founded in the summer of 2009 by classical music critic Pierre Ruhe and visual arts critic Catherine Fox, former staff arts writers for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The online publication provides the broad and authoritative arts coverage traditionally found in major metropolitan newspapers, primarily by featuring the work of experienced professional writers. ArtsCriticATL’s scope, which encompasses dance, theater, film and books as well as classical music and visual arts, is intended to promote the cross-fertilization of the arts and their audiences. It has applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

BURNAWAY is an online magazine and 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2008 by arts writer Jeremy Abernathy and executive director Susannah Darrow. The publication is a grass-roots advocate for local art, focusing on visual art, although it has recently expanded to include dance. BURNAWAY manages a weekly events calendar and produces events of its own, ranging from formal workshops to backyard gatherings, to promote new interest in the arts.

The grants cover general operations, including paying writers and editors for their work. The ArtsCriticATL challenge deadline is December 31, 2011. The BURNAWAY deadline is April 30, 2012.

Possible Futures Inc. is a private non-profit operating foundation. Its mission is to nurture Atlanta’s creative culture and educate the public through the support and presentation of artists, writers and performers. For more information, visit www.possiblefuturesatl.org or contact info@possiblefuturesatl.org. Atlanta Art Now is a program of Possible Futures; for more information, visit www.atlantaartnow.com.

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