Best Organizations Giving Back To The Atlanta Arts

April 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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Atlanta has a very vibrant, healthy art scene, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what exactly is going on and how to affordably participate. A number of local charities support the non-profit organizations that are growing Atlanta’s art scene by creating opportunities to become an artist, showcase art or simply promote it. For both children and adults, these nonprofits have arenas for anyone to get involved in, encompassing all skill and interest levels. Look into each of these organizations and become a part of Atlanta’s art scene.
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C4 Atlanta
PO Box 170319
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) WOW-ARTS

Running a nonprofit art organization or being an artist is not always the easiest feat, but C4 is here to help Atlantans. C4 is an organization that doesn’t actually produce art, but rather helps others within the art community. They offer various workshops that cater to artists and art managers, helping them to do things such as design actionable and effective strategies for creative callings. They’re also responsible for helping artists to gain affordable health care through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. In all, they’re an artist’s best friend.

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Youth Art Connection and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
Guinn Service Center
100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 527-7100

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta has partnered with United Way to create the Youth Art Connection. YAC is a gallery and workshop space based out of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta downtown location. The program gives an opportunity to the youth of Atlanta to create art. This space is for arts of various forms, including photography, fine arts, performing arts and creative writing. The best part is they have some pretty sweet connections with major art houses like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Fox Theatre, Fulton County Arts Council and others. YAC is a great resource for the young artist in your house.

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Art on the BeltLine
86 Pryor Street, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 614-8300

In addition to all of the buzz behind the creation of the newest ITP public transportation system, residents can also enjoy Art on the BeltLine. This program is designed to encourage residents of Atlanta to visit spots on the future location of the BeltLine and enjoy various temporary art exhibits. The organization picks out new and returning artists to participate. If you know anyone interested in participating, an application form is available on their website. Previous artists include a laundry list of visual and performing artists and organizations, from Twinhead Theatre to Park Cofield & Co. to Living Walls, and many more.

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The Atlanta Preservation Center
327 St. Paul Ave. SE
Atlanta GA 30312
(404) 688-3353

The Atlanta Preservation Center provides education on the history of Atlanta through the viewpoint of architecture. Their popular education program visits many public schools in town with an interactive classroom presentation that brings Atlanta’s history to the present. The program is most commonly designed for children, but the organization does offer presentations for adults and walking tours. Limited scholarships for their education programs are available to residents of Atlanta and Fulton County.

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Public Broadcasting Atlanta
740 Bismark Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

AtlantaPlanIT is a one-stop online shop for finding out about art events happening in Atlanta and make plans to attend an event.  Make sure to check out the section entitled “Free” on the site which is basically just that – a list of free events happening in the city.  The site is very user friendly, with vibrant photos and descriptions.  It’s very enticing to want to fill your calendar with art activities happening all around the city.  Also, occasionally they will have ticket giveaways, so be sure to get on their email list.

Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at

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