Monday, August 31, 2009

Georgia's Largest Pottery Exhibit Promotes Education

Michael Schmidt, an associate professor in the Department of Art, will join 50 of the state’s finest potters during Georgia’s largest annual pottery exhibition and sale from August 28 to September 16. The 7th Annual Perspectives 2009: Georgia Pottery Invitational at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Ga., raises money to promote cultural art and support craft artists.

More than 6,000 pottery enthusiasts from across the country are expected to attend the fundraising event, which kicked off with a preview sale and opening gala reception on Friday, Aug. 28. The three-week event, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will also feature educational exhibitions, workshops, free weekend pottery demonstrations and studio tours.

The OCAF is a non-profit organization established to promote artistic endeavors and to provide art education opportunities for residents of Northeast Georgia. Proceeds from the annual sale will benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, an organization committed to supporting professional artists through career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support and advocacy.

Go to OCAF’s Web site at for directions and other details. To schedule a group tour, call 707-769-4565 or e-mail Locally, Schmidt may be reached at 229-249-4913 or .

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Six Grassroots Arts Program Grant Writing Workshop Offered

Arts Clayton is offering six GAP grant writing workshops in September. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are FREE of charge – however seating may be limited and pre-registration is required.

All applicants (especially new and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend.

FY2010 Grant Workshops are currently scheduled on Wednesday September 9 at 5:30 pm; Tuesday September 15 at 10 am and 1:30 pm; Thursday, September 17 at 1:30 pm; Tuesday September 22 at 10 am; and Saturday September 26 at 10 am.

The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants.

These workshops are free of charge - however, pre-registration is required and all applicants (especially new and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please email with your name, organization, contact information and which workshop session you wish to reserve and attend or call Sara Cookson at 770-473-5775. Applicants should obtain the application forms and funding guidelines prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them.
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Dancers and Jugglers and Storytellers, Oh My!

Last Chance to Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day of Educational Arts Experiences at Artspalooza

Join Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center for Artspalooza – a fun-filled day of arts workshops, arts-making activities and dazzling performances from more than 30 professional teaching Atlanta artists. From Latin music and circus arts to world percussion, cultural dance and storytelling, Artspalooza makes it easy to become immersed in the arts.

Artspalooza provides teachers, school administrators, community organizations and parents with the opportunity to observe Young Audiences’ professional artists in action – the same artists and curriculum-based programs they can later bring to their schools through Young Audiences.

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Saturday, August 29

Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
(Memorial Arts Building)
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fall College Night Celebrates "Louvre Atlanta"

8/12/09 The High will host a fall College Night on Saturday, September 12, from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. The event coordinates with the final weekend of “Louvre Atlanta,” the High’s unprecedented three-year collaboration with the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The final exhibition, “The Louvre and the Masterpiece,” explores the definition of a masterpiece and features ninety-one works of art—spanning 4,000 years—drawn from all eight of the Louvre’s collection areas.

In addition to live musical performances by DJ Tabone, Tealights and Jimi Cravity, students and visitors will enjoy a night of gallery viewing, do-it-yourself craft workshops with Jen Morris and Cristina Vidal of Young Blood Gallery & Boutique, drawing in the galleries and a showing of the film “The City of the Louvre.” Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

College Night will also offer the special opportunity to participate in the High’s collaboration with the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on the Mel Chin “Fundred Dollar Bill Project.” This project is raising national awareness of the problem of lead pollution in New Orleans through the production of “FUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS”—original interpretations of U.S. one-hundred-dollar bills hand-drawn by school children and community members across the country. For more information, visit

Student admission will be $7 with a valid student I.D., $5 per student (with valid student I.D.) when booking a group of 10 or more and $18 for general admission. Students with High Museum Student memberships get in FREE. Tickets and membership information are available online at

High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit

The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Grassroots Arts Program Provides Grants of up to $1500 to Fund the Arts!

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides up to $1,500 per organization to fund art programs in Georgia. The goal of the program is to ensure that all Georgians have access to the arts. All 159 Georgia Counties receive funding based on an equal per-capita allocation. Arts Clayton has been appointed by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the FY2010 re-granting agency for the Grassroots Arts Program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale, and Spalding counties. The Grassroots Arts Program is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) is designed to help smaller, emerging groups get off the ground – to “fill in the gap” between start-up and when an organization is ready to apply directly for larger funding or become self-sustaining. Established groups may also apply for GAP funding to make quality improvements – to get to “the next level” of artistry – or to expand their programs and develop new audiences, especially in underserved communities. GAP is available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for Art related programming. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater and dance performances, film programs, folk art projects, storytelling, workshops, and art festivals. Projects combining arts and education are encouraged.

This statewide arts program encourages local collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. Funding for art projects is open to any non-profit 50l(c)(3) tax exempt organization or unit of local government. Civic clubs, churches, theatre groups, arts festivals, Boys & Girls clubs, schools, parent-teacher organizations, libraries, Senior Citizens’ Centers, Parks & Recreation Departments also may be eligible to apply. GAP projects will create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts.

Six GAP grant writing workshops will be offered in September. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are free of charge – however seating may be limited and pre-registration is required. All applicants (especially new and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend.

FY2010 Grant Workshops are currently scheduled on Wednesday September 9 at 5:30 pm; Tuesday September 15 at 10 am and 1:30 pm; Thursday, September 17 at 1:30 pm; Tuesday September 22 at 10 am; and Saturday September 26 at 10 am. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are free of charge - however, pre-registration is required and all applicants (especially new and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email with your name, organization, contact information and which workshop session you wish to reserve and attend or call Sara Cookson at 770-473-5775. Applicants should obtain the application forms and funding guidelines prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them.

Funded projects must be accessible to the general public, must provide 50% of the total project cost as a cash match for the grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2010.

For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, to discuss a potential project, or to request assistance with an application, visit the Arts Clayton website at where you may download the FY 2010 application and granting guidelines; email Arts Clayton at to request information; or call Sara Cookson at Arts Clayton 770-473-5775.

There is plenty of time to apply for the GRASSROOTS ART PROGRAM (GAP) grants. The deadline for submitting FY 2010 completed GAP applications is October 5, 2009 at 4 p.m.

About Arts Clayton:
Arts Clayton, Inc. is a non- profit, community service arts agency promoting Georgia artists with a focus on the South Metro area. For more information please visit the Arts Clayton website at
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Massive Burn Burger Bash and Studio Tour

Okay, so we all know how busy life can get. With painting, planning art shows, and simply keeping up with daily responsibilities, free time seems somewhat impossible. With the final days of summer quickly approaching, we're celebrating...Massive Burn Style! And, as part of the Massive community of friends, you're invited!

Please join us for the first ever Massive Burn Burger Bash and Studio Tour

For one day only, we're cleaning out the studio and offering amazing prices on a limited selection of original artwork by Miles Davis. Save up to 67% off over 100 paintings from the collection! Take a tour the studio and see what Miles has been working on. And while you're here, enjoy hot, sizzlin' burgers from the grill and icy cold beer from the fridge. Don't worry, we won't "burn" the burgers! It's bound to be a fun afternoon, so come on out! To RSVP, click here.

For those of you unable to make it, email to find out how you can save!
Saturday, August 15
Arizona Lofts
195 Arizona Ave NE
Unit 160
Atlanta, GA 30307
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Discover Creative Georgia

Locally produced crafts, arts and performances showcase communities across the state

Get to the heart of Georgia’s communities through their creative cultures and indigenous arts. Discover the people and places that make communities unique: potters, artists, theatres and galleries that allow visitors to take home a piece of Georgia.

Travel to northeast Georgia to experience a tradition that has been around for more than 100 years of handmade pottery. The Northeast Georgia Folk Pottery Museum in Sautee and the Mark of the Potter in nearby Clarkesville will shed some light on this fascinating folk tradition that has served both functional and artistic purposes over generations. Both locations sell pottery, detail the tradition’s history and feature one-of-a-kind “face jugs” handmade pieces that don eyes, a nose, a mouth, ears and curious facial expressions. Learn to make your own pottery at Etowah River Pottery in Dahlonega, or discover gourd-inspired pottery at The Gourd Place, also in Sautee. Also, don’t miss the Hambidge Fifth Annual Georgia Pottery Show near Clayton, where more than 30 Georgia potters will have their work on display until Sept. 8.

Blue Ridge also offers a variety of places for arts enthusiast to visit. Turning Leaf Wood Art and Twigs to Furniture carry decorative and functional handmade wooden pieces made by local artisans, and Fishbone Studio features mosaic work from local artist Betty Wassmer. Another must-see is the ironwork of blacksmith John Beatie on display at the Beatie Blacksmith Gallery in Mineral Bluff. Also, be sure to check out a performance at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, which has “The Fantasticks” and “A Christmas Carol” among its scheduled performances for 2009.

For other community theater productions in Georgia, visit the Winder Cultural Arts Center in Winder for comedies “The Curious Savage” and “Bus Stop” in 2009 or the Waycross Area Community Theatre in Waycross, which is performing “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Sound of Music” in the coming year. The Tater Patch Players in Jasper will perform the musical comedy “Smoke on the Mountain,” which follows a family of gospel singers during the Depression of the 1930s. Theaters across the state also tell Georgia-crafted stories. Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play, “Swamp Gravy”, for example, offers a newly written story performed each year in Colquitt based on real life stories of community members. The latest production of Swamp Gravy is scheduled for October. The middle Georgia town of Lyons also recounts local history every year in its production of “Tales from the Altamaha,” based on the writings of a local attorney and businessman, Col. Thomas Ross Sharpe, who lived there between the 1940s and 1960s. The productions are held in the spring at the Blue Marquee Theater in Lyons.

West of Lyons in Buena Vista is another essential visit for Georgia arts lovers: Pasaquan, a seven-acre arts site that includes six major structures, concrete sculptures and painted walls designed by eccentric Georgia-born artist Eddie Owens Martin. A visit will detail the artist’s vision and his relationship with the South and spirituality. Another inspirational arts site is Paradise Gardens, a four-acre property designed by Southern Baptist minister and folk artist Howard Finster. The site includes Mr. Finster’s gardens, a museum, a folk art chapel and the Finster Folk Art Gallery.

Several Atlanta hotels introduce visitors to the work of Georgia artists. The St. Regis Hotel and the W Atlanta-Buckhead hotel, both in Buckhead, exhibit works from local artists and photographers. The Whitlock Inn in Marietta and the recently remodeled Georgian Terrace in Midtown also showcase pieces by local artists and scenes of local events. Paintings in the restaurant of the Georgian Terrace, for example, commemorate the premiere gala of “Gone With the Wind,” which was held at the hotel in 1939.

Visiting local galleries is another great way to see Georgia-made art. The Seen Gallery in Decatur recently featured Georgia artist James Dean, who has garnered a following for his paintings of “Pete the Cat,” a little blue cat depicted in a variety of scenes. The Joseph House Art Gallery in Columbus also features work from local artists including watercolors, oil paintings and art glass. Gallery RFD in Swainsboro is a non-profit that encourages business development through the arts and features exhibitions from local artists. The Soda Shop Gallery in Sylvania and The Gallery in Savannah also showcase Georgia-made work. Not far from Savannah is another arts must-see that chronicles the cultural history of African-Americans along the Georgia Coast, the Ogechee Kunda Cultural Center in Riceboro. A living museum that carries local and African art, the center profiles the history and arts of Gullah culture in Georgia.

Georgia’s museums, theaters, hotels and galleries tell the story of a rich history and culture through the arts. Learn from local artists in towns and communities across Georgia. Plan your next arts-inspired trip at
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Woodruff Arts Center Receives $12 Million Award to Expand the Center's Pre-K through 12 Arts Education Programming

Grant Will Help Center Develop, Grow, and Expand Education Programming for Students and Teachers Throughout the State of Georgia

The Woodruff Arts Center today announced that it has been awarded a $12 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation over the next three years to expand the educational programs, resources, and services that it provides to pre-K through 12th grade students throughout Georgia. The grant will serve to enhance and increase participation in existing programs that already serve more than one million students annually, and will support the development of new initiatives.

“This is a groundbreaking gift that catapults the Woodruff Arts Center’s future development and our ability to serve the children of Georgia,” said Joseph R. Bankoff, the Center’s President and CEO. “The Goizueta Foundation’s generous gift will help us address increasing demand for arts education programs that help improve academic achievement across all disciplines. It is our hope that their generosity inspires other corporations, foundations, and individuals to join us in this vital mission.”

The Strategic Plan which the Woodruff Arts Center Board approved in May of 2008 calls for the center to play an even greater role in education in the coming decades. A focal point of this planning was to unify and build upon education programs being implemented by the Center’s constituent institutions: the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences. The Center also recently developed a Master Plan to guide the future development of its campus, including new facilities for education programming. The campus-wide education initiatives, which will be funded by the grant, build upon the successful programs pioneered by each of the Center’s individual institutions. By sharing resources, pooling the talent and expertise of our best and brightest, and capitalizing on programming efficiencies, the Center will enrich the lives of more Georgians than ever before.

Emphasizing the breadth, depth, and creativity of programs already in place on campus, several of the initiatives that will be funded by the grant were individually prototyped by the constituent organizations. Among the initiatives to be supported are:

- The Georgia Center for Professional Learning in the Arts: An expanded professional development program which will train teaching artists to partner with classroom teachers to use the arts as a tool to stimulate learning in the core curriculum, sparking the imaginations of students, and enhancing academic achievement.

- Pre-K through 12 Arts Education for the 21st Century: A comprehensive approach to arts education that links the existing and future artistic and educational initiatives of the Center’s four divisions with each other and with Georgia Department of Education K-12 Performance standards through school curriculum development assembly programs, classroom residencies, in-school concerts and performances, and more.

- Out-of-School Programming Initiative for Middle and High School Students: The Center will provide critical opportunities for the cultural enrichment of youth through after-school, evening, and weekend programs; arts leadership programs; summer camps; and online courses.

- Engagement and Community-Access Programs: The Woodruff Arts Center believes that arts and education should be available and accessible to all citizens. The grant will help the Center continue its commitment to develop talent and encourage participation from all communities and offer opportunities for children to experience the arts that might not otherwise have the exposure.

- Expanded Programming for Families: Recognizing that families experience a variety of cultural activities together, the Center will expand its family-oriented programming campus-wide, across visual and performing arts disciplines.

The Woodruff Arts Center’s education programs and initiatives reflect the vision and commitment of the Board of Trustees’ Education Task Force, members of which include prominent educators Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College; William Clarkson, President of The Westminster Schools; Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College; and Dr. James Wagner, President of Emory University. Other Education Task Force members from the Center’s Board include artist, philanthropist, and education advocate Usher Raymond IV; attorney Christopher Marquardt; and, philanthropists and community volunteers Carolyn C. McClatchey and Vicki Palmer. Allison Vulgamore, President & CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Tony Kimbrell, Executive Director of Young Audiences, and Tara Perry, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Initiatives for the Center, represent the Woodruff Arts Center and its constituent institutions.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Eighth Annual Castleberry Hill Loft Tour Sept 25 - 27

The Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association’s (CHNA) Eighth Annual Castleberry Hill Loft Tour will be held on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2009 throughout the historic Atlanta neighborhood located just seconds from the CNN Center in Downtown Atlanta.

This year’s Loft Tour will kick off with the neighborhood’s wildly popular Art Stroll on Friday, September 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. The Loft Tour welcomes thousands of attendees to the Landmark District to explore hand-selected lofts and the neighborhood’s distinctive art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and businesses. New to this year, attendees will also experience performance art and music throughout the neighborhood during the Tour. Tickets will be available soon.

Tour-goers are also encouraged to visit Castleberry Hill’s diverse range of art galleries including Art House Gallery, Besharat Gallery, Studio Clout, Garage Projects at Stable 1897, Krause Gallery, Marcia Wood Gallery, Gallery Stokes and many more. Throughout the year, Castleberry Hill also hosts eclectic art strolls that are open to the public and welcomes visitors with openings, events and much more!

Castleberry Hill is also home to a bustling array of restaurants and eateries, bars, lounges and retail spots – all of which embody the artistic spirit of the community. Neighborhood businesses will also be open during the Loft Tour. Favorite haunts like Elliott Street Deli & Pub, No Mas Cantina, Slice, Wasabi, 255 Tapas Lounge, Tilt, and Baltimore Crab & Seafood are ideal for grabbing bites, beverages, and chatting with the locals. Numerous retail spots including Adrene Boutique, No Mas Hacienda, DejaVu Designer Boutique, Wine Shoe and more will be open for browsing and shopping. Please visit for a detailed list of participating businesses.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, Castleberry Hill contains the largest and most-concentrated remnant of railroad buildings in Atlanta. The railway, which defines street ands building patterns as it cuts through Castleberry Hill, is as old as the City of Atlanta itself. Early 20th-century commercial and industrial structures form continuous frontages at the street and railway lines, giving the area a distinctive urban look. Each year, the Loft Tour helps the historic community raise money for aesthetic improvementsneighborhood beautification and improvements. Tour-goers will also get to view street sign toppers, the signature Castleberry Hill metalwork neighborhood sign, new trash cans, newly planted trees, neighborhood banners and more – all of which are a result of funds raised during past Loft Tours.

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival Receives the Coveted 2009 Greener Festival Awards

The City of Atlanta is delighted to announce that the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a winner of the 2009 Greener Festival Award.

The Greener Award is based on a 56 point checklist which covers green office policies, energy use and carbon reduction, travel and transportation, support for green initiatives, waste management, recycling, water use and environmental protection and noise pollution. The award organizers have a team of environmental auditors who visit festivals to assess environmental good practice and effective green policies.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Go Green initiative represented an ongoing commitment to sustainability in recycling, transportation and event administration. The festival had a comprehensive and cohesive waste management and recycling program, a biodiesel recycling plan for waste vegetable oil from concessions, encouraged walking, bikes and public transportation and promoted car pools and ride share on the ‘Clean Air Campaign’ website.

“We are delighted that the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the City of Atlanta is being recognized worldwide for their sensitivity to the environment. Environmental sustainability is critical in making Atlanta a “best in class” city. -Mayor Shirley Franklin

In America, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Bonnaroo Festival were both praised by the award organizers for coherent and effective environmental best practices.

“The Atlanta Jazz Festival has always been conscious of the environment, which in itself is a significant part of the Atlanta cultural landscape and heritage. I commend our sponsors, staff, volunteers and most importantly, our loyal Atlanta Jazz Festival audience for supporting our efforts and helping to make this festival one of the greenest festivals in the world.” - Camille Russell Love
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Georgia Museum of Art receives NEA stimulus grant for a curator

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Georgia Museum of Art a $50,000 stimulus grant to provide a year of salary and benefits to fill the vacant position of curator of decorative arts through the 2009 NEA Direct Grants: Museum-Recovery Act. Recognizing the importance of the nonprofit arts industry on the economy, the Recovery Act provides stimulus funds, which the NEA uses in an effort to preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector that are threatened by the current economic downturn.

The curator of decorative arts directs the museum’s Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, which has as its primary focus the decorative arts and material culture of Georgia. Founded in 1998, the Green Center produces exhibitions, publications and educational programs that reach audiences in Georgia and well beyond the region, thus serving a critical role in the museum’s mission and its long-range and strategic goals.

“Happily, this very timely grant allows us to continue the work of the Henry D. Green Center without missing a beat,” said the museum’s director, William U. Eiland.

Among the first duties of the interim curator of decorative arts is to plan and present the fifth biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, “Neighboring Voices: The Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins,” January 29-30, 2010, and edit the presentations for publication following the event. The curator will design the display of the permanent collection of decorative arts in the museum’s new gallery wing and formalize the Henry D. Green Center with the new GMOA humanities study centers, opening in early 2011. The curator will resume development of a major survey exhibition and catalogue of the decorative arts in Georgia, circa 1750-2000, along with other original exhibitions, and will direct new acquisitions of decorative arts, with an emphasis on works made in Georgia, the South and the United States.

GMOA is one of only nine nonprofit arts organizations in Georgia to receive a stimulus grant to provide salary support for positions deemed critical to an organization’s artistic mission. Only organizations that were awarded NEA funding over the past four years were eligible.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Fayette Senior Services Apples & ArtFest: Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities Available

Plans for the first annual Apples & ArtFest are underway and Fayette Senior Services is seeking exhibitors and sponsors for the event, which takes place Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. Proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit Fayette Senior Services. The Apples & ArtFest is an outdoor, rain or shine event and there is no admission cost.

The 2009 Apples & ArtFest is a charming fall festival featuring local artisans, crafts, great food, and line dancing. Individuals who have a talent for baking or cooking can enter the Anything Apple Recipe Contest for a chance to win $100, $50, or $25 for the best apple recipe.

Amateur and professional artists and craftspeople are invited to exhibit at the event. Handcrafted items are given preference. Food vendors including farmer's market and home-baked goods are welcome.

Other event highlights include the Apple-A-Day Live-well “Orchard” where local health and wellness professionals and businesses will also have an opportunity to spotlight their services. Fun and games can be found at the Kids Apple COREner and attendees can visit the Granny Smith Apple Memory Tree to purchase an “apple” in honor of a grandparent and help support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Meals on Wheels.

Exhibitors are encouraged to register before September 25, 2009 to get the Early Bird Discount and pay just $25 for 10’ x10’ space. Exhibit fees after 9/25 are $30. Fees must accompany the Exhibitor Application.

Sponsorship packages are available for businesses who want to take advantage of being in front of hundreds of festival-goers as well as the additional advertising opportunities that are included with each level of sponsorship. Sponsorship packages are value-priced for little as $250, $150, and $100.

Applications for Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Recipe Contestants are available online at or at Fayette Senior Services, 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. For more information call 770-461-0813.

Fayette Senior Services, Inc. offers adults age 50 and better, the opportunity to be involved in a variety of social, leisure, educational, and wellness activities at its Life Enrichment Center. Since 1978, the organization has also provided important social services that improve quality of life for senior citizens and help them to maintain their independence. This past year, Fayette Senior Services delivered more than 40,000 Meals on Wheels to hundreds of Fayette County seniors. Other services include Adult Day Care Referral Service, Information & Referral Service, Transportation Services, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, and Case Management.

High to Host 24th Annual Latin American Film Festival

September 25 – October 31, 2009

The High Museum of Art will present the 24th annual Latin American Film Festival on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. The festival begins on September 25 through October 31, 2009, and features outstanding recent cinema from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Its twelve films represent the best in comedy, drama, thriller and documentary in Latin American film today, including the award-winning films “That’s It,” “Lion’s Den” and “Ballroom.”

The 24th annual Latin American Film Festival is sponsored by LAPTV. Program enrichment is made possible by a gift from Julie and Jerry Chautin. The Festival Program Consultant is Sandro Fiorin of FiGa Films.

“The High is excited to present its 24th year of the Latin American Film Festival as we continue to offer patrons a series deep in quality and breadth,” said curator of media arts Linda Dubler. “With our festival program consultant Sandro Fiorin, we have created a program that reflects the diverse film culture of Latin America. While themes of social and political justice are key with ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Lion’s Den,’ this year’s films are fascinating in their exploration of young people who are just discovering love and finding themselves, as well as elders for whom life still holds revelations and wonders.”

The Latin American Film Festival opens Friday, September 25, with “Insignificant Things.” Andrea Martinez’s ensemble cast offers up redemption in the small things that happen in daily life. This slice-of-life story set in Mexico City is a delicate and finely observed drama exploring the themes of forgiveness, mortality and both familial and romantic love. An opening-night reception sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta will follow the screening in the lower lobby of the Promenade II building, located at 1230 Peachtree St. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

Showing on Saturday, September 26, “Oblivion” is a humorous, biting and humanistic film by Heddy Honigmann. This film was praised by the International Film Critics Federation for its “poetical and Chaplinesque vision of the resilience of humanity.” An ode to Peru’s people who have been plundered by the powerful, the film is a song for the powerless who resist being consigned to oblivion. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

On Friday, October 2, “Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo” is a film by Yulene Olaizola. The film centers on the relationship that she and her maid Florencia had for many years with a strange, artistic young man named Jorge Rios, who roomed in her home. Evoking the gothic atmosphere of a Tennessee Williams tale, this real-life mystery uses what Variety’s Robert Koehler called “a placid, inviting style” to present “an everyday look into the bizarre.” This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

“That’s It,” on Saturday, October 3, is the set up for 21-year-old director Matheus Souza’s fresh romantic comedy about twenty-somethings falling in and out of love. Channeling mumblecore style by using digital video, seemingly improvised dialogue, non-professional actors and pop-cultural references, Souza’s film is rooted in Generation Y. Directed with surprisingly heart-warming sincerity, “That’s It” won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2008 Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Film Festivals. This film is in Portuguese with subtitles.

Showing on Friday, October 9, “The Good Life,” from director Andres Wood, won Spain’s Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in 2009. The moving drama, set in present-day Santiago, is the story of four characters whose lives cross during a search for their visions of the good life. This film is in Spanish with subtitles

On Saturday, October 10, “The Window,” from director Carlos Sorin, centers on 80-year-old Antonio, who, after a vigorous life, awaits what will probably be a final visit from his estranged son. He sees light and life, the past, the present and intimations of the future—a vision so compelling that he sneaks past his caregivers to take what might be a last walk in his fields. Through Antonio’s foray into both the corners of his own memory and the world beyond his shadowy room, Sorin evokes the elegiac and pastoral spirit of Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries.” This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

In “Lion’s Den,” showing on Friday, October 16, Pablo Traper crafts a dark meditation on familial relationships and a searing critique of Argentina’s judicial system. Shot on location in a number of Argentinean penitentiaries and featuring many non-actors in supporting roles, the film tells the story of Julia, a 25-year-old student incarcerated for committing a murder she can’t remember. Martina Gusman, playing Julia, won the International Film Critics’ FIPRESCI award for Best Actress at the Palm Spring International Film Festival; the film was also nominated for the Palm D’Or at Cannes in 2008. This film is not appropriate for children. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

Showing on Saturday, October 17, Gabriel Medina’s “The Paranoids” is a deadpan comedy centered on Luciano, a hangdog twenty-something whose life is defined by his endless anxieties. His paralyzing angst is inspiring to Manuel, a smooth-talking producer who has launched a successful Spanish television series based on his friend’s miseries. To complicate matters, Manuel’s insomniac girlfriend Sofia starts crashing at Luciano’s place, and the stage is set for a very neurotic romance. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

Showing on Friday, October 23, “Café de los Maestros,” directed by Miguel Kohan, is a valentine to the elder statesman of Argentina’s treasured musical form, the tango. Kohan unites talented musicians for a magnificent performance at the famed Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and captures the gentlemen as they rehearse and reminisce. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

On Saturday, October 24, Mariana Chenillo’s “Nora’s Will” is a poignant, understated comedy about the legacy that Nora, a longtime sufferer of depression, leaves her loved ones when, after many suicide attempts, takes enough pills to end her life right before Passover. Mariana Chenillo’s first feature, loosely based on her own family history, won audience awards at the Morelia, Miami and Cine Las Americas film festivals. This film is in Spanish and Hebrew with subtitles.
Showing on Friday, October 30, “Ballroom” is the story of love and life unfolding in one of São Paulo’s most popular ballrooms. Director Laís Bodanzky’s finely acted ensemble film introduces us to a cast of diverse characters and features a fabulous soundtrack with performances by singers Elza Soares and Marku Ribas. The film won the Audience and Best Director awards at the Brasilia Film Festival. This film is in Portuguese with subtitles.
In “Ocean,” showing on Saturday, October 31, Russian filmmaker Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov mixes operatic emotion, realist acting and a fearlessly inventive visual style in an ode to Cuba and its people. The action alternates between a small fishing village that is home to a protective mother and her three sons, and Havana, a metropolis where the eldest son believes any dream can come true. As its title suggests, “Ocean” explores the fluid, fierce undertow of passion and ties it to an edenic tropical landscape whose beauty is as intoxicating as a first kiss. This film is in Spanish with subtitles.

Film Series Schedule
All films are screened at 8 p.m. in the Richard H. Rich Theatre, *unless otherwise noted. The Richard H. Rich Theatre is located in the Memorial Arts Building, adjacent to the High at Peachtree and 15th Streets in midtown Atlanta. All films are in their original language with English subtitles. Most films are for mature audiences. Please contact us at if you have questions about whether or not a film is appropriate for children.

“Insignificant Things” / “Cosas Insignificantes”
Friday, September 25

“Oblivion” / “El Olvido”
Saturday, September 26

“Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo” / “Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo”
Friday, October 2

“That’s It” / “Apenas O Fim”
Saturday, October 3

“The Good Life” / “La Buena Vita”
Friday, October 9

“The Window” / “La Ventana”
Saturday, October 10

“The Lion’s Den” / “Leonera”
Friday, October 16

“The Paranoids” / “Los Paranoicos”
Saturday, October 17

“Café de los Maestros”
Friday, October 23

“Nora’s Will” / “Cinco Dias Sin Nora”
Saturday, October 24

“Ballroom” / “Chega de Saudade”
Friday, October 30

Saturday, October 31

Please note that LAFF films sell out early and advance purchasing is advised. Tickets are $7 for the public and $6 for Museum members, students and seniors. Patron-level members enter free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, by visiting the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or by calling 404-733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the screening. Phone and internet orders will incur a $1-per-ticket service fee.

The public may call the High’s film hotline at 404-733-4570 for up-to-the-minute information about visiting directors, receptions, changes or cancellations. The museum’s website is
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