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Calling All Emerging Artists for the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

Calling all emerging artists! The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS) and Binders Art Supplies & Frames are excited to announce the launch of the “Emerging Artists” program. Making its debut at the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival on June 28 and 29, 2014, the program aims to support new artists and artisans that have never previously exhibited outside of the classroom or studio by providing the opportunity for them to participate in a juried outdoor art festival.  

“AFFPS and Binders strongly support the arts and especially the development of new talent.  We recognize the challenges new artists face when developing a body of work and finding exhibition opportunities.  Participating in a juried outdoor art festival can be viewed as a ‘rite of passage’ among new artists who wish to introduce their work in an unbiased public setting,” explains Patrick Dennis, Executive Director of the AFFPS.

Artists eager to participate are encouraged to apply through the AFFPS by completing a one-page application and submitting photos of their artwork. A reduced rate opportunity for artists to participate in a juried outdoor art festival, AFFPS and Binders will provide basic display tools including the tented pavilion, tables and/or easels.  The application fee is $25, in addition to a booth fee of $75.  Participating artists will retain all proceeds from sales during the event. The deadline to submit applications is this Friday, June 13, 2014. For more information, or to submit an application, visit www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com.

About The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces:

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC was established in 2005 to support the arts community by operating arts and craft events and festivals in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. AFFPS was formed to create a way of integrating and encouraging both social interactions and the opportunity for individuals and businesses to obtain cross exposures in marketplaces that they may normally not have. Their festivals, events and markets enjoy diverse social and economic participants. All events are professionally managed and maintained to create a "destination" in which both public and private opportunities for economic growth can be explored. AFFPS works in partnership with the communities and cities in the metro Atlanta area to expand public access to art. 

In 2010, AFFPS secured non-profit status as The Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces; enabling them to provide financial scholarships, awards, educational programs, and tools for artists as well as maintain sponsorships for their various events.  Their mission remains the same: to organize and host events by artists for artists, to support the regional arts community, create a direct link between artist and buyer, and provide opportunities for growth and partnerships.  AFFPS also partners with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides free services to artists.  For more information visit, www.affps.com.

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