Fort Mac LRA has established a Public Art Advisory Council (PAAC). Art in all forms – visual art, performance art, arts related festivals, etc. – will be an important component of the Redevelopment of the Fort Mac, and public art will enhance the development and be enjoyable to all.
“Art, especially public art, will receive a lot of attention here at Fort Mac as redevelopment gets underway,” said Brian Hooker, Executive Director of Fort Mac LRA. “Public art will be one of the key ways that we reconnect with our surrounding communities, so our Board of Directors formed the PAAC to make sure it’s done well and done with significant community input.”
The PAAC will be responsible for ensuring that all public art created and displayed on the Fort Mac property is of high quality, in good taste, and appropriate. This ongoing advisory group to Fort Mac LRA and its Master Developer will review and approve all public art prior to its selection and display.
Additionally, the PAAC will serve a larger purpose, to evaluate the prospect of a placemaking element, in which Fort Mac would serve as a hub for creatives. This will entail helping define programming for creatives as a key aspect of ongoing planning, leveraging the critical mass of creatives the film and media technology has attracted to Atlanta, along with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, local universities, as well as how to best capitalize on its proximity to the airport.
The Board of Directors voted to create a PAAC that will have a maximum of 15 members, and a minimum of five members. This will include a Fort Mac Board Member or Designee, a Fort Mac Artist, a Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Art Designee, a member of the Fort Mac LRA Staff, a member of Atlanta’s general Arts Community, and a member of the MARTA Public Art Program. The intent is to ensure community representation in arts decisions that will affect the Fort Mac communities. They will serve two-year, staggered terms to ensure the presence of experienced members. The first confirmed members include:
- Allean Brown – Community Engagement Subcommittee Member
- Andy Cunningham – Woodward Academy Visual Arts Instructor
- Katherine Dirga – MARTA Public Art Program Director
- Onaje Henderson – ZuCot Gallery Owner
- Miranda Kyle – Atlanta Beltline Arts and Culture Administrator
- Sondra Rhoades-Johnson (PAAC Chair) – Fort Mac LRA Board Member
- Tyree Smith (PAAC Vice Chair) – ArtLanta Curator and Creator
- Peggy Still-Johnson – Fort Mac Arts & Philanthropy Director
- Ashley Thomas – Community Engagement Subcommittee Member
- Jerry Thomas – Former Chair of the Fulton County Public Art Program/Current Art Dealer and Advisor