Contemporary taps horodner

Art in Freedom Park, Turner South purchase

• After a nationwide search, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has hired Stuart Horodner as its new programming director beginning May 1.

Horodner comes to the Contemporary from the Atlanta College of Art Gallery (which has merged with the Savannah College of Art and Design), where he was gallery director.

• The opening of Art in Freedom Park 2006, originally scheduled for May 7, has been delayed until the fall while organizers seek funding. A miscommunication with the Fulton County Arts Council led event organizers to believe they were receiving a $50,000 grant.

"We had a new staff member who simply sent out a letter in error," says Veronica Njoku, executive director of the Fulton County Arts Council, which awarded Art in Freedom Park $25,000 in cash and in-kind services last year.

Evan Levy, the local artist and activist who spearheads Art in Freedom Park, says he is still pursuing new channels of funding. The public art program has received project proposals from 98 artists. "We want the program to continue," says Levy.

• Fox Cable Networks has purchased the Turner South cable channel from Turner Broadcasting System for an estimated $350 million. Turner South currently has long-term broadcast deals with Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Program changes, if any, will be made public in about a month.