Avondale Estates, GA, July 22, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Avondale Arts Alliance, in collaboration with the city of Avondale Estates and the Downtown Development Authority, is developing a pop up art park called The ArtLot. Slated to open in August, the temporary park will showcase art installations from local artists, musical and spoken word performances, movies and other programming.
Built from reclaimed materials on a blighted lot in the city’s downtown, The ArtLot aims to revitalize the downtown area, attract new visitors to the city, and highlight the area’s vibrant arts community. Developed and built by an all-volunteer committee, The ArtLot encourages neighbors, schools and the community to contribute and participate.
Jen Singh, president of the Avondale Arts Alliance, explained, “The ArtLot project aligns perfectly with the Arts Alliance’s goals to engage, enrich and empower the Avondale Estates arts community.”
The pop up park also encourages walkability, and is designed to be a gathering place where visitors can explore a creative experience that will involve sculpture, visual art, green walls and a performance space. Visitors may drink coffee or work in the park while admiring the installations, or meet friends before walking to one of the many Avondale Estates restaurants. Ample lot parking is available in the rear of the park for those visiting from out of the area.
The ArtLot is located at 70 North Avondale Road in a vacant lot near the landmark Tudor Village. The space is sited for development, but until then the intention is to draw visitors to the downtown district and act as a central point to visit other businesses in the area. Since the structures are temporary, once development is ready to begin on that spot, the Arts Alliance can easily pick up and move the park to another location within the city.
Although similar parks have been successful around the country, no other like it exists in the state. Avondale Arts Alliance Vice President Dave Newbern said, “The ArtLot is unique to Georgia in that it is a temporary public arts park situated on a blighted demolition site in the city of Avondale Estates. While there are other art parks and even temporary art installations, there are no other dedicated art spaces that will provide shaded recreational and work spaces.”
The ArtLot will utilize upscaled materials such as pallets and other recycled objects to create a functional and pleasing aesthetic. Programming highlighting all forms of art will add to the unique environment. Installations of greenery on the blighted property will also serve as a pilot program to access the viability of a town green space.
About The Avondale Arts Alliance
The Avondale Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Avondale Estates. We are proud of the vibrant growth of arts businesses within the city, which has led to a widely held perception that Avondale Estates is a place for the arts. For more information and to stay updated on art happenings in and around Avondale Estates, visit www.avondalearts.org.