The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit a proposal and images of a public art concept for the Oconee Rivers Greenway (ORG) trail construction project in Athens, Georgia. The selected artist(s) will work with the ACAC and government staff to create public art that enhances the project and complements the selected site.
Athens-Clarke County, GA is a university town known for its historic, diverse, and creative environment. Walking, cycling and recreating for sport, leisure, and transportation is important to Athenians, and support for new and improved trails across Clarke County is growing. The Oconee Rivers Greenway is a network of natural areas within the 100-year floodplains of the North Oconee River, Middle Oconee River, and Oconee River and their major tributaries as its core. The primary purpose of the greenway is to protect the natural resources of the corridor for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Athens-Clarke County (ACC).
The greenway is a vital civic space in Athens and invites people to gather in places that are dominated more by nature than the built environment. Yet there are ample opportunities to celebrate the neighborhoods, culture, daily life and heritage that the greenway trail connects together. To that end, public art solicited for this project should not only enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural surroundings but also express local community values.
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The goal for including public art in this project is to enhance the experience of enjoying the extensive natural environment located within the corridor. .
The deadline for receiving proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021.
The submission form is available online.