Project Name: Where to find art and culture in Fulton County

Project Purpose: The Public Art Program maintains 70 commissioned public art pieces and over 350 works of art valued at over $3 million US dollars. Fulton County is the most populous County in the state of Georgia, USA and the largest in the metro region. Due to this geographical distance, many residents are unaware of the range of opportunities to see art and participate in cultural programming hosted at County facilities.

Project Impact: Residents have been amazed at the extent of the public art collection and the range of opportunities nearby. The combination of GIS, Photoshop and Illustrator led to the creation of a high quality map with accurate and detailed spatial data.

About Fulton County Arts & Culture
In 1979, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners established the Fulton County Arts Council to enhance the quality of life of Fulton County Residents. The Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture serves as Fulton County’s funding agency to support cultural programs and the agency which provides services to Fulton County based nonprofit arts organizations and Fulton County residents. 

We believe the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities. The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.  

For more than 40 years Fulton County Arts & Culture has vigorously pursued quality arts programming through support and development of artists, arts organizations, arts institutions and cultural programming for residents.

About the Public Art Program
The Fulton County Public Art Program was initiated in 1993 when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted the Art in Public Places Resolution which stipulates that one percent of the cost of acquisition, renovation or construction of any Fulton County building or facility must be set aside for the fabrication, installation and ongoing maintenance of public artwork.

A Public Art Master Plan, completed in 1995 with the assistance of over 200 citizens, provides further guidance for the implementation of the Public Art Program in Fulton County. Since the approval of the Public Art Master Plan, 59 artists have been awarded commissions to create artwork at 52 Fulton County facilities including senior centers, libraries, parks, arts centers, and court buildings. The selected artists have created unique pieces of art that enhance public spaces, making government buildings better places to conduct business and serving to promote community pride.

Additionally, through the Fine Art Acquisition Program, we have purchased art from over 130 Georgia-based artists, representing an investment of $324,000 in the Georgia arts community.

We also offer a range of professional development opportunities for artists, direct purchases of art outside of funding cycles and partnerships on temporary art projects.
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