The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit a proposal and images of a mural concept for consideration in the Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy project in Athens. Georgia. The selected artist(s) will work with the ACAC and Athens-Clarke County government staff to create public art that enhances the project and complements the selected site.
In the heart of historic downtown Athens, Hot Corner is two blocks from the University of Georgia (UGA) campus. Surrounded by popular bars, restaurants, and music venues, the cultural, economic, and social history of this part of downtown Athens remains hidden in plain sight among a fairly transient population of students and young professionals. Yet the Morton Building and Hot Corner remain prominent symbols of minority entrepreneurship to the relatively small number of Athenians who understand its origins.
With the main goals of giving voice to the African American community and investing in creative place-making to foster pride in our shared history, the ACAC plans visual and storytelling workshops to complement the new mural. In partnership with the Lyndon House Arts Center (LHAC) and the Morton Theatre (now an active city-owned venue), we will engage the Athens and UGA communities in a timely discussion about the intersection of arts and history. At LHAC, we plan a workshop/lecture on visual storytelling led by the selected artist; at the Morton, we will host a community storytelling event featuring interviewees from the Hot Corner Oral History Project. Both events - and the mural's June 2019 unveiling - will coincide with the annual Hot Corner Festival, a celebration of Athens' African American-owned businesses past and present.
The deadline for receiving proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The mural selection panel will be comprised of community members and Athens-Clarke County staff. After selection, we intend to work with the artist to refine the complete narrative concept.
The submission form is available online.