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Release Date: 12.14.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Blank Family Foundation, Park Pride and Young Audiences team up for Pop-Up Art Series

Pop-Up Art attendees receive vouchers to attend free performances at leading arts venues

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $28,000 grant to Park Pride to implement Phase II of the Pop-Up Art Series to introduce individuals of all ages to the power of live arts experiences, using parks, recreation centers, and public spaces as venues.

Pop-Up Art is a collaboration among Park Pride, Inc., Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, and local artists.  This is the second phase of the Pop-Up Art Series. It is designed to bring individuals and communities together to enjoy live arts experiences in familiar community gathering places. The series will run through 2013.

“Pop-Up Art” features a variety of free art performances at various parks and public spaces throughout Metro Atlanta. At the same time that the artists perform, attendees will receive vouchers to attend free performances at select art venues in Atlanta, including the 14th Street Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Center for Puppetry Arts, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, High Museum of Art, The Wren's Nest and many more.

“Pop-Up Art brings positive programming into the parks and enriches the park user experience,” said Margaret Connelly, Park Pride’s Executive Director. “Suddenly a walk in the park is transformed by exposure to musicians or visual artists or live dramatic performances, all in the comfort of your local, neighborhood park.  Pop-Up Art marries two significant quality of life issues, parks and the arts, in a uniquely uplifting manner.”

“The Pop-Up Art Series is specifically designed to be a unique opportunity to engage new audiences in the arts, and to provide artists new venues for showcasing their talents and art forms,” said Blank Family Foundation President Penelope McPhee. “This project broadens arts audiences and promotes the vitality of the arts.  For the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, it’s a win-win – enhancing our investments in arts and culture as well as in parks.”

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives, builds, and enhances the communities in which they live. The Foundation seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families, and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today. Formed in 1995, the Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

About Park Pride:
Park Pride, founded in 1989, is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to improving parks all over Atlanta by developing local leaders and building and engaging the communities that surround parks. Park Pride amplifies the resources and efforts of governments, foundations, corporations and other nonprofits through its work with over 100 Friends of the Park groups to make more and better parks an Atlanta reality. Park Pride provides programs, funding and leadership in the form of volunteer opportunities, park visioning, advocacy, grantmaking and fiscal oversight in its efforts to achieve its mission. Learn more at www.parkpride.org.

About Young Audiences:
Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center is an affiliate of the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization, Young Audiences, Inc. and Georgia’s leading provider of educational arts programming. Since 1983, Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center has pursued its mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – by bringing the power of live arts experiences in music, dance, theatre, literary, and visual arts to young people from preschool through high school. Each year the organization’s curriculum-based programs reach more than 300,000 students in schools, recreation centers, libraries, museums, and other community venues throughout the state of Georgia. Learn more at www.yawac.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Donovan Lee-Sin

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2049

E-mail: DLeeSin@ambfo.com