The Antinori Foundation has committed to a $56,000 grant to ArtsATL in support of a top-to-bottom redesign of the website, accompanied by a rebranding.
Aimed to serve current readers better and to attract new ones, the effort will improve functionality, expand the calendar and make better use of changing technology.
Philanthropists Susan and Ron Antinori are actively engaged in advancing the cultural scene. “Both of us are committed to the arts community in Atlanta,” says Susan Antinori. “Compared to other cities of our size, we have an embarrassingly low rate of gifting to the arts. We have enjoyed being involved with arts organizations both big and small.”
She says she has been following ArtsATL since its inception in 2009.
“When the AJC decimated its coverage of the arts and ArtsATL stepped in to fill that gap, I was very impressed with what [it] accomplished,” she says. “As I used ArtsATL more and more to stay informed, I developed a wish list for the site.
“The opportunity to help the website reach more people and become fundamentally more useful is exciting because the more people ArtsATL can reach, and the more informed the city is about the arts, perhaps more people will realize how vibrant the arts scene is and get more involved on the support and donor level.”
She adds, “I think ArtsATL can have a measurable impact on increasing overall involvement in the art community, and I am happy to try to help with that.”
Among other gifts in support of the arts in Atlanta, the Antinoris gave $50,000 to the High Museum for the acquisition of drawings by Georgia artists and $50,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia for the purpose of developing and digitizing its archives.
The foundation has also funded a number of initiatives for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Rapido!, a national competition Ron Antinori founded with the Atlanta Chamber Players in 2010. This year’s finalists will face off on January 17, 2016, in Hill Auditorium at the Woodruff Arts Center.