News Brief: ART PAPERS & Woodruff Arts Center Bring Home Funding, Ryan Gravel Joins City Design Project

The conceptual drawing for the new interior of the Alliance.
The conceptual drawing for the new interior of the Alliance.
From the cover of Art Papers‘ November/December ’15 issue

ART PAPERS has received a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a private foundation created from the artist’s estate following his death in 1987, whose focus is on aiding institutions that directly or indirectly support artists and their work.

The unrestricted grant, which will be distributed over the course of two years, will be used to support ART PAPERS programming, including the production of its bi-monthly magazine, live lecture series ART PAPERS LIVE, its artist project commission series ART PAPERS LEARN and their newly relaunched exhibitions program.

ART PAPERS’ programming for 2016 reflects both our heritage as an integral part of the Atlanta creative community and our commitment to showing how these locally inspired conversations can contribute to national and global dialogues,” says Victoria Camblin, ART PAPERS’ editor and artistic director. 

ART PAPERS is one of two institutions in Georgia to be awarded a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the High Museum of Art and Woodruff Arts Center were also allotted $75,000 for their Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? exhibition.

“We are thrilled to once again be recognized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the quality of our programming, our support of artists and the importance of our unique and off-center perspective on the world of contemporary art and culture. This grant enables us to pursue some big, exciting projects over the next two years, by ensuring that our core programs will not only continue uninterrupted, but will also increase in depth and breadth, bringing more programming to more people,” says Saskia Benjamin, ART PAPERS’ executive director.

The conceptual drawing for the new interior of the Alliance.
The conceptual drawing for the new interior of the Alliance.

Also this week, the Woodruff Arts Center announced that it received a $5 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the latest major contribution to the Arts Center’s Transformation Campaign. This gift brings the campaign within $5.2 million dollars of meeting their $100 million goal.

“I’m thrilled with where we are. It feels fantastic — we’re so grateful to the community and all of Atlanta for the support of this campaign. Building the endowment, bringing more families to the campus and getting the Alliance redone is essential for the advancement of Atlanta’s art community and the Woodruff Arts Center,” says Janine Musholt, vice president of advancement at Woodruff.

The organization’s Transformation Campaign, which was launched in 2015, is focused on increasing the Center’s endowments, renovating the Alliance Theatre and Memorial Arts Building, and providing greater access to the arts for families.

“The Woodruff Arts Center plays such an important role in our community,” says Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises’ executive vice president and great-grandson of company founder James M. Cox. “This grant builds upon our family’s passionate commitment to Atlanta, including my grandmother’s unwavering support of the High.”

“The last $5 million is always the toughest,” states Musholt. “We still have a lot more work to do, but we’re incredibly encouraged and optimistic. We’re grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation as well as Mrs. Chambers for their endless support. This gift is an addition to their generous legacy.”

The Transformation Campaign is targeted for completion by the end of 2016.  

Ryan Gravel
Ryan Gravel

Mayor Kasim Reed has named Ryan Gravel a member of the Atlanta City Design Project, a new initiative under the direction of the Department of Planning and Community Development. Gravel, whose 1999 master’s thesis for the Georgia Institute for Technology spawned the Atlanta BeltLine, and who currently serves on its board of directors, currently works as a consultant through his company, Sixpitch.

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