By Kayla LightnerWednesday August 5, 2015 01:31 pm EDT
??After receiving some serious change earlier this summer, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) now gets to dish some out. Last month, the OCA released its list of recipients for the 2015-2016 Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) awards. Since its creation in 1982, the CAS program grants annual contracts to individuals and organizations related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and managerial support of artistic and cultural services in the City of Atlanta.
? Due to a more than 150 percent increase in the CAS grant budget, OCA was able to award more than $1,000,000 in grants to 14 individual artists, 57 arts organizations, and seven community organizations in Atlanta. Some of the organizations that received the award include the Center for Puppetry Arts, VOX Teen Communications, and Full Radius Dance.
? “In the last five years, the City of Atlanta has increased the annual investment in the individuals and organizations that work each day to improve the quality of life in our city through the arts,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director of OCA, in a comment. “We are extremely pleased with both the quality and breadth of arts programs and projects we’ll be helping to put on throughout the City of Atlanta as a result of this highly competitive process.”
? For a complete list of the 2015-2016 CAS recipients, click here.
image-1 ?Atlanta's Best Reading Series has some good news! Write Club Atlanta (WCA) has partnered with Deer Bear Wolf Press to release Tender BloodSport Vol. 1., a compilation of some of the written genius to come across the WCA stage between 2011 and 2014. Tender BloodSport Vol. 1 was edited by WCA's Nicholas Tecosky and Myke Johns, along with DBW's Matt Debenedictis.
? The book features...
image-1The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (the Contemporary) is gearing up for it's biggest event of the summer — Art Party. This year, the Contemporary is throwing down old-school style with an outrageous block party. On Sat., Aug. 29, the Contemporary's campus and Means Street will be taken over with food from local restaurants, on-site bars, an army of DJ's, several art exhibits, and a... | more...
? For those of you eagerly awaiting the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF), tickets for both the Keynote and Kidnote address will be up for grabs on Tues., Aug. 11.
? The Keynote event will take place on Fri., Sep. 4 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. It was announced earlier this summer that novelist/ sexual revolution icon Erica...
? Many of us consider Labor Day as just another chance to get off work, but the four-day weekend can't come fast enough for fans of television, film, anime, comics, and pretty much anything pop culture. From Sep. 4 to Sep. 7, the 29th annual Dragon Con will be in full swing, providing fans with more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming.